Royal pro Alan eyes Gleneagles glory

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A dream final at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles is up for grabs for amateur David Pike and his Royal Eastbourne PGA professional Alan Harrison in Europe’s biggest pro-am competition – The Lombard Trophy.

Pike 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 65.

He and Harrison now advance to the regional final at Golf at Goodwood on Monday 29 July, 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.

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.

David Pike, is a 52-year-old company director from Eastbourne. He has been playing golf for five years and plays off a handicap of 20. His hobbies, apart from golf, include sailing.

Alan Harrison, 40, has been a professional at Royal Eastbourne for 11 years.

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

Harrison said, “The chance to play at Gleneagles is a great incentive for us.

“David has done the business so far in the tournament and we will head to Goodwood in good spirits and hopefully play some good golf. We are looking forward to it.”