Brechin golf duo tee up chance for spot at Gleneagles’ final

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Amateur Step McIntosh and his Brechin PGA professional Stephen Rennie, have lined up achance to grab a dream final at the 2014 Ryder cup venue.

The duo have the chance to qualify for the final of The Lombard Trophy, the biggest pro-am competition in Europe, which will be played at Gleneagles.

McIntosh teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3 to 4, when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 65.

He and Rennie now advance to the regional final at Crieff Golf Club on Monday, July 8, 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 commented: “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.

Step McIntosh, is a shift manager from Brechin. He has been playing golf for 30 years and plays off a handicap of three.

Stephen Rennie, 45, has been a professional at Brechin for 21 years.

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