A TILT at golfing glory awaits Bridgwater amateur Andrew Cox and his Cannington PGA professional Ron MacRow 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.

Andrew Cox, 56, lives in Bridgwater and plays off a handicap of 19, while Ron MacRow, 63, has been a professional at Cannington for 21 years.

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

He and MacRow now advance to the regional final at Coventry Golf Club on Thursday July 17, 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.

The tournament, now in its 30th year, 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.