Royal duo on course for Gleneagles golf final

Alan Harrison
Alan Harrison

A tilt at golfing glory awaits amateur Tom Breach and his Royal Eastbourne PGA professional Alan Harrison as they bid to reach the Lombard Trophy grand final being staged at Gleneagles – just three weeks before Europe and America meet in the Ryder Cup.

Breach teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s 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 Camberley Heath Golf Club on Tuesday 1 July, 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.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, attracts entries from upwards of 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland. Lombard originally sponsored the tournament from 1995 to 2006 before returning as headline sponsor in 2013.

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.

Tom Breach, is a 28-year-old hotel manager from Eastbourne. He plays off a handicap of three.

Alan Harrison, 41, has been a professional at Royal Eastbourne for 17 years.

Last year’s winners were PGA professional Ian Walley and amateur partner Ian Neal from Kedleston Park Golf Club in Derbyshire.