Fifteen golfers 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 Midlands regional qualifier at Spalding Golf Club, Lincolnshire, where Jake Griffiths (pictured) of Bramcote Waters, Warwickshire, led the way on countback with a net score of three-under 69.
He just pipped the host club’s Charles Lacey to the top spot, but they both go through to next month’s final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, alongside Paul Holloway (Barlaston, Staffordshire), Steve Kearns (Wensum Valley, Norfolk), Gary White (St Neots, Cambridgeshire), Andrew Robinson (Ingestre Park, Staffordshire), Dan Stoodley (Links, Newmarket), Richard McCrae (Spalding, Lincolnshire), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Nick Lee (Boston, Lincolnshire), Leon Peddlebanks-Wright (Nuneaton, Warwickshire), John Shield (Serlby Park, Nottinghamshire), Andrew Hallworth (Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire), Gary Noye (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) and Nicholas Schofield (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire).
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.
Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible to enter the regional finals.
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.
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