The 2018 Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy is underway and already 23 golfers are staking their claim to an outing with a European Tour star.
They’re the successful players from the first two regional finals to take place: the North men’s event at Bolton Old Links, Lancashire and the women’s South West tournament at Dainton Park, Devon.
The qualifiers from the men’s event are: Jonny Dunning of Malton & Norton, Yorkshire (pictured top); Ray Wood of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire; Declan Stoppard of Doncaster, Yorkshire; Andrew Barton of Huyton & Prescot Golf Club, Lancashire; Ian Snape of Wychwood Park, Cheshire; Carl Rushton of Formby Hall, Lancashire; Ben Brown of Masham, Yorkshire; Stephen Senior of Ben Rhydding, Yorkshire; Brian Smart of Alnmouth, Northumberland; Jason Gilbert of Haydock Park, Lancashire; Matt Whitehead of Bridlington Links, Yorkshire; John Freeman of Willow Valley, Yorkshire; Jason Renton of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire.
The women qualifiers are: Helen Durrant of Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset (pictured left); Aimee Sawyer of Mendip, Somerset; Fay Austen of Chipping Sodbury, Glouestershire; Indu Kumaravel of Killiow, Cornwall; Melanie Coombs of Isle of Purbeck, Dorset; Heather Burrage of Crane Valley, Dorset; Keeley Clarke of Torquay, Devon; Helen Hughes of East Devon; Caroline Hume-Kendall of St Enodoc, Cornwall and Elizabeth Hobbs of Cumberwell Park, Dorset.
They all go forward to the national men’s and women’s finals at England Golf Week in August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
They’ll be joined there by qualifiers from the other regional finals and will play for the titles of England’s Handicap Golfers of the Year.
The top nine players in both finals will make up six teams and play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 5 September.
The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Walton Heath, Surrey, on 10 October, playing with a star of the European Tour.
The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs.
Last season the dream came true for 15-year-old Staffordshire golfer Hannah Golding from Brocton Hall Golf Club, Mike Durkin of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire, and Neil Garbutt of Masham, Yorkshire.
They played with ‘Miracle of Medinah’ Ryder Cup star Colsaerts in the British Masters pro-am, and Hannah also went on to meet her idol Charley Hull, who is a Bridgestone ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ ambassador.