Bury St Edmunds golfer Matthew Alderton, 29, is one step away from following in the footsteps of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes.
PGA professional Alderton, who has been the pro at Bury for 10 years, and his partner Adam Hooper-Greenhill, from Cockfield, have their sights on a place in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.
Hooper-Greenhill teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary Course, venue for the dramatic matchplay win over the United States last year, between September 1-2 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 66.
He and Alderton now advance to the regional final at Old Fold Manor Golf Club on June 24, 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.
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 attracts entries of more than 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland. It boasts 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 Richard O’Hanlon and amateur partner Andy Jones from St Kew Golf Club in Cornwall.