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Make a date with Gleneagles

Compete in Lombard Trophy Final at 2014 Ryder Cup venue

ON the eve of next year’s Ryder Cup, 16 clubs will go head-to-head at host venue Gleneagles in a bid to claim their own piece of golfing glory in the Lombard Trophy.

The tournament, Europe’s biggest pro-am, reaches a climax over the James Braid-designed King’s Course - just three weeks before Europe and the United States contest the 40th Ryder Cup.

Entry packs for the event, also known as The PGA National Pro-Am Championship, will soon be dispatched to secretaries and managers at every club in the UK with details on how to enter and information on all 16 regional finals.

Among the outstanding courses selected for the regional finals is the iconic 1957 Ryder Cup venue Lindrick, plus other gems such as Little Aston, Burnham & Berrow, Fulford and Kings Lynn.

It is on these stunning venues where clubs, represented by one amateur and a PGA Professional, will have the chance to secure their place in the 36-hole grand final at Gleneagles from September 2-3.

It will be the 30th staging of what has become one of golf’s best-known tournaments, which remains unique in offering PGA pros a rare opportunity to team up with an amateur partner and represent their club in a national event.

In addition to the prestige, there is also an £80,000 prize fund at stake with the winning PGA pro earning £12,000.

Simon Higginbottom, PGA head of tournaments, said: “The Lombard Trophy is one of the highlights of the PGA national schedule and a great opportunity for clubs to compete against each other at some of the finest UK courses and with it the chance of reaching a dream final at Gleneagles.”

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