Two seasoned golfers from the Chesterfield club are one step away from following in the footsteps of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes with an appearance at Gleneagles.
Bill Ruttle won his club’s qualifying competition in the Lombard Trophy with a nett score of 69. And by doing so, he teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the historic Scottish course, which was the scene of the dramatic Ryder Cup win over the USA last year.
Ruttle and Chesterfield’s professional, Mike McLean, now advance to the regional final at Fulford Golf Club in Yorkshire on Thursday 2nd July when they will compete against up to 70 other clubs for the opportunity to secure one of 16 prized spots available for the 36-hole grand final at Gleneagles.
The Lombard Trophy, sponsored by the UK’s largest asset finance provider, is the PGA National Pro-Am Championship and the biggest tournament of its kind in Europe. More than 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland take part, all chasing a total prize fund of £80,000, which includes £12,000 for the winning pro.
Veteran McLean (64) has been the pro at Chesterfield for 38 years. Ruttle, a retired joiner who lives in Pilsley, has been playing golf for 32 years and plays off a handicap of 15.
“Another exciting competition is in store,” said Ian Isaac, head of sales at Lombard. “It’s great to be working with the PGA to offer the opportunity for professional and amateur golfers to play some magnificent courses.
“The competition culminates at Gleneagles, which proved itself a fantastic venue for last year’s Ryder Cup and offers a great incentive for this year’s participants.”