South Cliff aces Brooke and Skingle eye Gleneagles final spot

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A dream final at next year’s Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles is up for grabs for amateur Colin Brooke and his South Cliff PGA professional Tony Skingle in Europe’s biggest pro-am competition – The Lombard Trophy.

Brooke teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 69.

He and Skingle now advance to the regional final at Fulford Golf Club on Wednesday July 17, where they 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.

Brooke has been playing golf for 49 years and plays off a handicap of 19. His interests apart from golf include gardening and classical music, while Skingle, 50, has been a professional at South Cliff for 20 years.

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

Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider and sponsor of the trophy, added their congratulations, “Well done on a great achievement. This is a highly prestigious event which provides a tremendous opportunity for those taking part. We are delighted to be associated with it.”

The tournament attracts more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and is now its 29th competitive year, marking a welcome return as title sponsor for Lombard who originally sponsored the tournament from 1995 to 2006.

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.