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Gorleston golfer's Bahamas tournie bid

PUBLISHED: 13:51 26 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 30 June 2010

A golf-trip-of-a-lifetime to the Bahamas awaits amateur Tony Stanley and his Gorleston PGA professional Nick Brown if they can come through the regional final of Europe's biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship supported by SkyCaddie.

A golf-trip-of-a-lifetime to the Bahamas awaits amateur Tony Stanley and his Gorleston PGA professional Nick Brown if they can come through the regional final of Europe's biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship supported by SkyCaddie.

The tournament which draws in more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland is now its 26th competitive year and will be sponsored by the UK's award-winning long haul airline for the second successive year.

Stanley took his first big step towards a luxury six-day all inclusive trip to the island of Grand Exuma between November 23-28, when he won his club qualifying competition with a score of 39 points.

He and Brown now advance to King's Lynn Golf Club on Wednesday, May 12, one of 16 regional finals, where they will play one round of better-ball medal play. The winning professional in the regional final receives £500, and there are valuable prizes for the top amateurs.

The winners at each regional final throughout Great Britain and Ireland will secure their place on board a Virgin Atlantic jet for the exotic trip and the chance to compete in the Grand Final held on the Greg Norman-designed course at Emerald Reef Golf Club, part of the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, which boasts the only 'all butler' service in the Bahamas.

The PGA National Pro-Am Championship has a prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the Grand Final taking home a cheque for £5,000.

Tony Stanley, is a 50-year-old hotelier from Great Yarmouth. He has been playing golf for 11 years and plays off a handicap of 18.

Nick Brown, 54, has been a professional at Gorleston for 18 years.

Last year's winners were from Far Grange Park Golf Club in East Yorkshire, with PGA professional Darren Leng and his talented amateur partner Phill Killey collecting the trophy.


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