Edzell golfer tees up shot at Gleneagles glory

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Ken Bruce and his Edzell PGA professional, Alastair Webster, have the opportunity to secure a dream final in the pro-am competition, the Lombard Trophy.

The trophy will be contested at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue, Gleneagels

Bruce teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3 to September 4, when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 67.

He and Webster now advance to the regional final at Ladybank Golf Club on Wednesday, July 10, 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. A spokesperson said: “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.

Ken Bruce, is a retired 63-year-old living in Brechin. He has been playing golf for 37 years and plays off a handicap of 16.

Alastair Webster, 54, has been a professional at Edzell for 23 years. He is a former PGA Professional champion winning in 1990, played four rounds of the 1991 Open Championship and has competed in the last four Senior Open Championships from 2009.

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