Darren leads 10 South West golfers to chase their dream

Darren Kneeshaw CYD SW

Ten golfers from the South West are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.

They came through the regional qualifier at Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club, where home member Darren Kneeshaw (pictured) led the way with a net score of five-under 67.

He now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Charlie Lewis (Wells, Somerset), Krzysztof Karpinski (Minehead & West Somerset), Michael Savage (Bridport & West Dorset), Andrew Yeomans (Ferndown, Dorset), Martin Drennan (Bridport & West Dorset), Dave Channon (Vivary Park, Somerset), Lee Buckingham (Torquay, Devon), Nick Bangs (Minehead & West Somerset) and Neville Hubbard, (Highbullen, Devon).

They’ll be joined by qualifiers from three other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s male Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion women’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.

The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, 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 and features separate competitions for men and women.

Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr.

The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell.