Lawson and Hadland eye Gleneagles place

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Two Kirton Holme golfers are one step away from following in the footsteps of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes, with an appearance in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

Ryan Lawson and Kirton Holme PGA Professional Jason Hadland are hoping to secure their places next month.

Lawson teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary Course, venue for the dramatic matchplay win over the United States last year, between September 1-2, when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 67.

He and Hadland now advance to the regional final at Northamptonshire County Golf Club on June 29, 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.

Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider which invests in local and regional business, has enjoyed a long association with the event, helping make it the biggest pro-am in Europe.

The tournament attracts entries from upwards of 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.

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.

Lawson, 18, lives in Kirton. He has been playing golf for four-and-a-half-years and plays off a handicap of 11.

Hadland, 41, has been a professional at Kirton Holme for two-and-a-half years.

Last year’s winners were PGA Professional Richard O’Hanlon and amateur partner Andy Jones from St Kew Golf Club in Cornwall.