Newton Green and Colne Valley pairs in hunt for Mexico prize

A TRIP to a stunning Mexican beach resort is in store for two amateur golfers from the area – if they can come through the regional final of Europe’s biggest pro-am competition.

Graham Farrance and his Newton Green PGA professional Tim Cooper, and Peter Hunt and his Colne Valley PGA professional Jamie Lowe, have taken their first big step towards a luxury trip to the grand final at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun between December 4-8 by getting through the club qualifying competition of The Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship with net scores of 67 and 34 respectively.

Cooper and Farrance now advance to King’s Lynn Golf Club on July 16, one of 16 regional finals, where they will play one round of better-ball medal play.

The winners at each regional final will secure their place on board a Virgin Atlantic jet for the 36-hole Grand Final being staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the tropical resort.

The tournament, which is supported by SkyCaddie and BMW, draws in more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and is now its 28th competitive year. The award-winning Virgin Atlantic long haul airline is sponsoring the event for the fourth successive year and the Mexican resort is one of three new routes for Virgin Atlantic who now fly golfers to 35 of the world’s most celebrated golf destinations.

The PGA National Pro Am has a prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the grand final taking home a cheque for £5,000. Farrance plays off a handicap of 12 while Cooper, 40, has been a professional at Newton Green for 18 years.

Hunt, who is a 45-year-old police officer from Halstead, plays off a handicap of 14.

Lowe, 38, has been a professional at Colne Valley for three years.