Ten women 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 Windermere Golf Club where Pauline Fawcett, from Knott End Golf Club in Lancashire, led the way with a remarkable net score of just 59.
Pauline now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Abby Roper (Seascale, Cumbria); Yolanda Metcalfe (Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria); Karen Douglas (Easingwold, Yorkshire); Diane Cairns (Seahouses, Northumberland); Mandy Holden (West End, Yorkshire); Jesnette Kinder (Reddish Vale, Cheshire); Andrea Wallis (Crosland Heath, Yorkshire); Susanna Sulistio (Penwortham, Lancashire); and Kathryn Watkin (Castle Eden, Durham).
Pauline, who plays off 15 and had birdies at three of the par threes, said: “That was the round of my life – by far my best and probably never to be repeated! Even when I hit a bad shot it seemed to land in a good place. On the greens I was just trying to get the putts close – but they kept dropping in! It was a day I will never forget.”
The ten players will be joined by qualifiers from five other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s female 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 men’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 for 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.