Matlock golfing duo aiming for Gleneagles opportunity

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

A tilt at golfing glory awaits amateur Des Martin and his Matlock PGA professional Christian Goodman as they bid to reach the Lombard Trophy grand final being staged at Gleneagles – just three weeks before Europe and America meet in the Ryder Cup.

Martin teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the King’s Course at the famous Scottish resort between September 3-4 when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 66.

He and Goodman now advance to the regional final at Little Aston Golf Club on Friday, July 4, 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.

“We are delighted to be associated with the tournament and wish all the regional finalists good luck as they try and win a place at Gleneagles,” said managing director of Lombard, Richard Hemsley.

“With the 2014 Ryder Cup taking place just three weeks after the Lombard Trophy, it gives the final an extra dimension with competitors able to soak up the build-up.”

The tournament attracts entries from over 700 clubs across 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.

Des Martin is a production manager from Matlock. He has been playing golf for over 20 years and plays off a handicap of 15.

Goodman, 34, has been a professional at Matlock for 11 years.