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 Midlands North regional qualifier at Elsham Golf Club, near Brigg in Lincolnshire, where Sally Sparrow, from Ullesthorpe Court Golf Club in Leicestershire led the way with a net score of 72.
Sally now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside 14-year-old Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire); Heather Tuck (Elsham, Lincolnshire); Debbie Deakin (Mickleover, Derbyshire); Caroline Carryer (Trentham, Staffordshire); Karen Hix (Sleaford, Lincolnshire ); Michelle Black (Rochdale, Lancashire); Sue Lockwood (Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire); Jing Reade (Bridgnorth, Shropshire); and Gill Kapka (Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire ).
Sally, who plays off 15, said: “It was so exciting to see my name at the top of the leaderboard. I had played a practice round and studied the course guide and the pro’s comments about how to play the holes, so the preparations paid off. I am really looking forward to the grand final now.”
The 10 finalists 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.
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.