Edzell Pair chase Las Vegas Jackpot

A trip-of-a-lifetime to a top Las Vegas golf resort awaits amateur Robert Milne and his Edzell PGA professional Alastair Webster if they can come through the regional final of Europe’s biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.

Milne took his first big step towards a luxury trip to the grand final at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort between December 2-8 when he won the club qualifying competition with a nett score of 66.

He and Webster now advance to Crieff Golf Club, one of 16 regional finals, on Tuesday, July 26, when they will play one round of better-ball medal play.

The winners at each regional final will secure their place on board a Virgin Atlantic jet for the 36-hole Grand Final being staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed SouthShore Course.

The tournament, which is supported by SkyCaddie and BMW, draws in more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and is now its 27th competitive year.

The award-winning Virgin Atlantic long haul airline is sponsoring the event for the third successive year.

The PGA National Pro-Am has a prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the Grand Final taking home a cheque for £5,000.

Robert Milne, is a 67-year-old farmer from Auchenblae.

He plays off a handicap of nine.

Alastair Webster (52) has been a professional at Edzell for 27 years.

Last year’s winners were from Pannal Golf Club in North Yorkshire, with Dave Padgett and amateur partner Jonathan Honeysett collecting the trophy.