Eyes are on the big prize

Christian Goodman, Matlock Golf Club professional.
Christian Goodman, Matlock Golf Club professional.

A TRIP to a stunning Mexican beach resort is in store for amateur John Beardsley and Matlock Golf Club PGA professional Christian Goodman if they can come through the regional final of Europe’s biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.

John took his first big step towards a luxury trip to the grand final, at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun between December 4-8, when he won the club qualifying competition with a nett score of 65.

He and Christian now advance to Coxmoor Golf Club on Wednesday, June 27, one of 16 regional finals, where 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 course at the tropical resort.

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 28th competitive 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.

John is a 40-year-old operations director from Chesterfield. He plays off a handicap of four. Christian, 32, has been a professional at Matlock for nine years.