Ganton ace Jenkinson eyes British Masters chance

Luke Jenkinson
Luke Jenkinson

Ganton Golf Club ace Luke Jenkinson is one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after winning a prestigious Bridgestone event.

Former Scarborough Town and Edgehill footballer Jenkinson won Bridgestone UK tyre division’s DriveGuard Trophy at Ganton, which has put him on course for a round at the Pro-Am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, in October.

The five-handicapper won the stableford competition with 40 points, which now sees him go into a regional, followed by a Pro-Am appearance at the Bridgestone Challenge – a Challenge Tour event – at the end of August at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

And if Jenkinson is part of the winning team at Heythrop, he will then go on to play at the Pro-Am of the British Masters at The Grove in October, where he will play with a household name of the sport.

He said he was proud to win the tournament:

“I had a great back nine and I was feeling positive,” he added.

“I went into the game just aiming to hit well and keep my rhythm, it obviously worked, especially in a solid back nine where I didn’t drop a shot despite the tough nature of the course.”

Bridgestone is embarking on an exciting golf sponsorship quite unique to the UK tyre industry, featuring a European Tour event partnership with the British Masters, the resurrection of an English based Challenge Tour tournament and a nationwide amateur competition with nearly 200 other clubs.

Jenkinson’s success represents the ‘grass-roots’ element of Bridgestone’s three-pronged association with golf and he can now look forward to making more memories with the world’s largest tyre manufacturer.

He added: “It’s really great opportunity to play at the Masters and I’m looking forward to the next round, which is again at Ganton, my home course.

“I hope I can keep going, doing myself and Ganton Golf Club proud. Hopefully I can meet Iain Poulter at the Masters.”

The DriveGuard Trophy is free to enter and accessible to golfers of all ages and handicaps and is open to men, women and juniors.

Each club winner will go on to play in regional DriveGuard Trophy finals in June and July, with the triumphant golfers in the regional finals going on to play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge event itself in August.