Old Joe’s Golf Club professional Barrie Trainor will have the whole of the Suffolk golfing community willing him on when he tees off at the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey later today (3.20pm).
The 32-year-old Northern Irishman, who swapped the glamour of the European Tour for coaching in the tranquillity of the Suffolk countryside at Cornard Tye in January, hopes to be this year’s surprise package at the Wentworth Club.
Trainor is playing the BBC-televised event at Virginia Water for only the second time, having not made the weekend’s final two rounds after a round of 80 left him seven over par following a promising opening round of 70 last year.
The county’s only qualifier for the €4,750,000 event qualified by finishing seventh at the end-of-season Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey last December.
Trainor will be cheered around the famous course by a group of 22 from Old Joe’s, where he has been practising hard as well as at Thetford Golf Club, where he also teaches.
Trainor, originally from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland, beat former world number one Rory McIlroy in a scratch matchplay event at his hometown club back in 2006.
The Old Joe’s head professional, who will also play the Irish Open later this year, has been drawn to play alongside Swedes Peter Hedblom, 43, and Kristoffer Broberg, 26,.
n Stoke-by-Nayland’s Jamie Moul tied seventh in Montecchia Golf Open in Padova Italy in his latest Challenge Tour event earlier this month, earning €3,726 in prize money — only the second time in four events he has made the weekend cut.