A step closer to Gleneagles for Warrington golfers in Lombard Trophy

Warrington Guardian: A step closer to Gleneagles for Warrington golfers A step closer to Gleneagles for Warrington golfers

TWO more amateur golfers from Warrington are bidding for glory alongside their club professionals.

Daniel Roughley and Edward Isaac have gained qualification to regional finals in the Lombard Trophy, which is the biggest pro-am tournament in Europe.

It hands them a shot at appearing in the grand final at Gleneagles, along with Ken Booth and his Birchwood Golf Club professional Carl Edwards as revealed last week.

Roughley teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3-4 when he won Poulton Park Golf Club’s qualifying competition with a nett score of 65.

He and 39-year-old club pro Freddie Valenti now advance to the regional final at Dunham Forest Golf Club on Friday, July 25.

Roughley, a 27-year-old civil engineer, has been playing golf for five years and plays off a handicap of 19, while Valenti has been Poulton Park’s professional for two years.

Isaac succeeded in Walton Hall Golf Club’s qualifying competition with a nett score of 71.

He and three-year Walton Hall pro Paul Hodgson, aged 38, move on to contest the regional final at Lindrick Golf Club on Monday.

Isaac is a 46-year-old bricklayer who has been playing golf for 20 years and plays off a handicap of 10.

The three pairs will come up against opposition from 70 other clubs in their regional finals, all battling for the chance to secure one of 16 prized spots available for the 36-hole grand final.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, attracts entries from 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.

The PGA National Pro-Am Championship has a total prize fund of £80,000, with the winning professional at the grand final taking home a cheque for £12,000.

n Walton Hall Golf Club’s five-man and 14-man teams are representing Warrington at Southport this week, playing in the championship finals of the Association of South Lancashire Municipal Golf Courses.

These are prestigious events featuring teams from municipal golf courses across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire.

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