Ten amateur 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 women’s South West regional qualifier at Tehidy Park Golf Club, Cornwall, where Tricia Folland (pictured) led the way with a net score of two-over 75.
Tricia, from Burnham & Berrow Golf Club, Somerset, goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside: Judy Ryder of West Cornwall Golf Club; Rebekah Hobell of Broadstone Golf Club, Dorset; Eileen Martin of Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Barbara Smyth of Cleeve Cloud Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Debbie Ricketts of Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset; Georgina Wrixon of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Dorset; Maureen Salome of Budock Vean Golf Club, Cornwall; Anne Woodger of Fingle Glen Golf Club, Devon; and Sue Williams of The Kendleshire Golf Club, Gloucestershire.
They’ll compete against 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 for club golfers called the Driveguard Trophy. 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.