Heart at­tack vic­tim Mike tees-up in fi­nal

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ASOUTHPORT golfer has beaten thou­sands of fel­low ama­teurs across Eng­land to qual­ify for the fi­nal of the Bridge­stone Tyres Chase Your Dream Tro­phy – just four years af­ter think­ing he would never swing a club again.

Mike Durkin suf­fered a heart at­tack in 2013 and thought his golf­ing days were over, mak­ing his tri­umph in the aptly-named tro­phy all the more re­mark­able.

The 63-year-old Hurl­ston Hall mem­ber was one of nine other men at Wood­hall Spa to qual­ify for the grand fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion, which will now take place at the pro-am of the Bridge­stone Chal­lenge at Lu­ton Hoo in Bed­ford­shire next Wed­nes­day.

And if he is in the win­ning team there, he could po­ten­tially play with Lee West­wood, Ser­gio Gar­cia or an­other house­hold name of the Euro­pean Tour at the pro-am of the Bri­tish Masters sup­ported by Sky Sports at Close House on Septem­ber 27, as a re­sult.

Mike said: “I am sup­posed to be go­ing to Spain with my wife on Septem­ber 6, so I will have to catch her up and hope she doesn’t hold it against me!

“It is all about chas­ing your dreams for me, so it was ap­pro­pri­ate to get to the fi­nal of the Chase Your Dream Tro­phy.

“Bridge­stone has been bril­liant in cre­at­ing an event like this, and giv­ing ama­teurs like us a chance to play on the big­gest stages.

“I had a heart at­tack four years ago which changed ev­ery­thing for me.

“It makes you ap­pre­ci­ate life and makes days like this all the more spe­cial. I didn’t think they would come around again for me.”

The Bridge­stone Tyres Chase your Dream Tro­phy is an an­nual event open to mem­bers of Eng­land Golf’s 1,900 af­fil­i­ated clubs and fea­tures sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tions for men and women.

Mike said he was al­ready al­low­ing him­self to think ahead to the pro-am of the Bri­tish Masters sup­ported by Sky Sports on Septem­ber 27.

“I live down the road from Royal Birk­dale, so guys like Tommy Fleet­wood and Lee Slat­tery are my lo­cal heroes.

“To be able to play with one of those guys at the pro-am of the Bri­tish Masters would be spe­cial. They are all big names though, and I have to win the pro-am at the Bridge­stone Chal­lenge yet. “It’s all very ex­cit­ing.” Bridge­stone Tyres’ con­sumer sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Far­rell Dolan said: “Mike’s story is what brings the Chase Your Dream Tro­phy to life. He kept be­liev­ing and he is just 18 holes away from a round with a Euro­pean Tour star at the Bri­tish Masters, sup­ported by Sky Sports.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Bridge­stone and its Chase Your Dream con­cept, visit www. no­mat­ter­what.uk.com

Golfer Mike Durkin is ex­cited about play­ing in the grand fi­nal of the Bridge­stone Tyres Chase Your Dream Tro­phy

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