Harrison and Turton take a step closer to teeing off at Gleneagles

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Christopher Turton and his Royal Eastbourne PGA Professional Alan Harrison 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.

Turton 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 net score of 65.

He and Harrison now advance to the regional final at Walton Heath Golf Club on July 8, 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.

Ian Isaac, head of sales at Lombard, said, “It’s great to once again be working with The PGA to offer the opportunity for professional and amateur golfers to play some fantastic courses.

The tournament attracts entries from upwards of 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland. Lombard originally sponsored the tournament from 1995 to 2006 before returning as headline sponsor in 2013.

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. Turton, a 62-year-old financial consultant from Eastbourne, has played golf for 30 years.