A tilt at golfing glory awaits amateur Neil Gorman and his Cairndhu PGA professional Barrie Trainor 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.
Gorman teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort in September when he won his club qualifying competition with a score of 44 points.
He and Trainor now advance to the regional final at The K Club on Tuesday, June 17 wherethey 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.
Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider which invests in local and regional business, has enjoyed a long association with the event, helping make it the biggest pro-am in Europe.
“With the 2014 Ryder Cup taking place just three weeks after the Lombard Trophy, it gives the final an extra dimension with competitors able to soak up the build-up ahead of the European and American showdown,” said managing director of Lombard, Richard Hemsley.
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.
Gorman is a 26-year-old civil servant who has been playing golf for three years and plays off a handicap of 20. Trainor, 32, has been a professional at Cairndhu for 12 months.