Ten women golfers from the South region 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 Muswell Hill Golf Club, Middlesex, where Diana Wallace of Haste Hill, Middlesex (pictured), led the way on countback with a net score of 75
She now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Lily Lian (Grims Dyke, Middlesex), Nikki Slatter (Drift, Surrey), Catherine Ellis (Kingswood, Surrey), Lydia Hoare (Redlibbets, Kent), Tracey Beagley (Camberley Heath, Surrey), Marlise Zannetti (Bramley, Surrey), Sally Drawbridge (Highwoods, Sussex) Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham, Surrey,) Deirdre Randall (Hartley Wintney, Hampshire)
They’ll 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.
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.