GOLFERS from three north Hampshire clubs are dreaming of an appearance at 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles after reaching the regional finals of The Lombard Trophy.
Basingstoke Golf Club’s Scott Gardiner, Test Valley’s Chris Forrister and Tylney Park’s Edmund Nugent will partner their club professionals in the regional finals after winning qualifying competitions.
Gardiner, a company managing director from Basingstoke who plays off a handicap of five, will join forces with Basingstoke professional Danny Fisher after a nett round of 66 (-4) won him a qualifying competition held at the Kempshott club.
They will travel to Studley Wood, in Oxfordshire, for their regional final on Friday, playing one round of better-ball medal play with the aim of securing one of 16 places available in the 36-hole grand final.
Forrister, a 35-year-old supervisor at Homebase, recorded a nett round of 63 (-8) off a handicap of four to win the qualifying competition at Test Valley. He and professional Ali Briggs, a Lombard Trophy finalist in 1998, will compete for a spot in the final at Goodward, in Sussex, next Monday.
Nugent, a retired 65-year-old from Hook, won the qualifying competition at Tylney with a nett score of 71 (-1), playing off a handicap of 14. He and professional Ben Cummings will also compete at Goodwood next week, looking to secure a place in the final.