GOLF: Woodhall Spa duo are on course for Gleneagles grand final

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A tilt at golfing glory awaits amateur Peter Hewett and his Woodhall Spa PGA professional Scott Emery 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.

Hewett teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 66.

He and Emery now advance to the regional final at Lindrick Golf Club on Monday July 7 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.

Hewett is a product manager from Woodhall Spa. He has been playing golf for 35 years and has a handicap of nine.

Emery, 38, has been a professional at Woodhall Spa for five years. He was the Midland Tour Championship winner in 2011.

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.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, attracts entries from upwards of 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.

Lombard originally sponsored the tournament from 1995 to 2006 before returning as headline sponsor in 2013.

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.

Last year’s winners were PGA professional Ian Walley and amateur partner Ian Neal from Kedleston Park Golf Club in Derbyshire.