Golfers teed up for shot at Gleneagles

Worthing professional Stephen Rolley
Worthing professional Stephen Rolley

A DREAM final at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles is up for grabs for two Worthing golfers in Europe’s biggest Pro-Am competition – The Lombard Trophy.

Goring amateur Ben Colbourne and Worthing PGA professional Stephen Rolley have teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary course at the famous Scottish resort on September 3 and 4, after Colbourne won his club qualifying competition with a net score of 68.

Nineteen-handicapper Colbourne, 35, who has been playing golf for seven years, will now be partnered with 60-year-old Rolley, who has been a professional at Worthing for 25 years, as they advance to the regional final at Kingswood Golf Club on Wednesday, June 19,

The duo will play one round of better-ball medal play with the chance to secure one of 16 spots available for the 36-hole grand final.

If successful at Kingswood, this will be Rolley’s third chance at National Pro-Am glory – he reached the grand final in 2007 and 2008.

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.

The tournament attracts more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and is now its 29th competitive year.

Last year’s winners were PGA professional Lee Rooke and amateur Nick Jones from the Vale of Llangollen.