Fourteen 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 North regional qualifier at Preston Golf Club where 16-year-old Jason Renton, from Hurlston Hall Golf Club, near Ormskirk in Lancashire, led the way with a net score of four under par 67.
Jason now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Ian Snape (Wychwood Park, Cheshire), David Williams (Leeds Golf Centre/Wike Ridge, Yorkshire), Ray Wood (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Chris Alexander (Styal, Cheshire), Neil Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire), Richard Kippin (Boldon, Durham), Martin Janes (Dinsdale Spa, Durham), Clive Downing (Hillsborough, Yorkshire), Leo Meaney (Masham, Yorkshire), Andrew Cox (Lymm, Cheshire), Harry Horridge (Grange over Sands, Cumbria), and Jacob Scargill (Howley Hall, Yorkshire).
They’ll be joined by qualifiers from the three other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s 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.
Said Jason, who plays off 12: “It was tough going at times, particularly when the wind got up, but I am delighted to get through.”
The qualifiers included last year’s Gold Medal winner Clive Downing, from Hillsborough GC.
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.