A tilt at golfing glory awaits amateur Malcolm Halliday and his Newton Green PGA professional Tim Cooper as they bid to reach the Lombard Trophy grand final being staged at Gleneagles – just three weeks before Europe and America meet in the Ryder Cup.
Halliday, from Sudbury, who has a handicap of 17, teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort on September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 63.
He and Cooper, a professional at Newton Green for 19 years, now advance to the regional final at King’s Lynn Golf Club on Monday, July 14, where they will compete against up to 70 other clubs 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 upwards of 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.