Duo set their sights on Gleneagles glory

The general manager and PGA Professional at Morpeth Golf Club are one step away from appearing in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

Matthew Bowman teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary Course, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup when Europe defeated the United States, in September by winning his club qualifying competition.

The 34-year-old, originally from King’s Lynn, has been playing golf for over 20 years and plays off a handicap of 14. He was appointed general manager at Morpeth last December and started the job in January.

He will be joined at the regional final at Formby Golf Club on June 9 by David Clark, 37, who has been a professional at Morpeth for 19 years. He is a four-time winner of the NE/NW PGA Order of Merit and competed in the 2006 PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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 of the biggest pro-am in Europe, sponsored by asset finance provider Lombard.

Ian Isaac, head of sales at Lombard, said: “After a record number of entries in 2014, this year’s Lombard Trophy promises to be another exciting competition.

“It’s great to once again be working with The PGA to offer the opportunity for professional and amateur golfers to play at some fantastic courses.

“The competition culminates at Gleneagles, which proved itself a fantastic venue for last year’s Ryder Cup and offers a great incentive for this year’s participants.”