Epsom GC’s Bright takes the title in second staging of popular pairs event
David Bright literally turned off the lights en route to winning the second Topgolf Pairs Pro-Am, as he edged out World of Golf’s Jack Quilligan to take the title.
The Epsom GC assistant won the event with a total score of 373 points and was handed his winner’s cheque for £450 by reigning Alfred Dunhill Links champion Oliver Wilson, as his accuracy helped him to beat Quilligan and last year’s winner, Stuart Boyle (Wentworth), who had to settle for third place.
Afterwards, Bright admitted he had no idea what to expect from his first visit to Topgolf, but he and his amateur partner Tom Hanley were soon scoring the points they needed as they took on three separate games on their way to claiming top spot.
He said: “There was a buzz about the whole evening, playing in front of your group, having drinks and food served to you by the bay hostess, music playing - what’s not to like?
“The event itself was packed out, with the top tier taken up by the 36 teams. It takes experienced players out of their comfort zone and it’s what golf needs – something completely different both for experienced players and beginners.”
Supported by Callaway Golf, there was an impressive set of prizes up for grabs for the amateurs in the team event, which was won by Dave Botley and James Edwards, with Edwards taking home a custom fitted Callaway XR driver and the chance to star in one of Callaway’s ident advertisements shown during Sky Sports’ golf coverage.
PGA head professional and manager Jamie Savory concluded: “The popularity of this event, run in the evening so no-one loses a day teaching or working, proves how much everyone enjoyed themselves. The event’s continuing success plus a bigger prize fund and attracting European Tour players to play, too, shows it’s a great step forward for golf.”