A TRIP to Europe’s hottest golf destination awaits Wishaw amateur golfer Jim Freebairn and his Wishaw PGA professional Stuart Adair if they can come through the regional final of Europe's biggest pro-am competition – the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.
The tournament draws in more than 100,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and has reached a notable milestone as it celebrates its 25th competitive year.
In addition, the tournament has secured sponsorship from Virgin Atlantic, which is also celebrating its 25th year.
Freebairn, who has been playing golf for 16 years and has a handicap of 13, took his first big step towards a luxury five-day trip to Turkey, when he won the club qualifying competition with a net score of 66.
He and Adair (37), professional at Wishaw Golf Club for 13 years, now go to Lanark Golf Club on Thursday July 2, for one of 16 regional finals, playing one round of better-ball medal play.
Motherwell amateur Michael Kean and his Shotts PGA professional John Strachan will also be taking part in qualifying.
The winning professional in the regional final receives £500 and there are valuable prizes for the top amateurs.
The winners of all the regional finals throughout Great Britain and Ireland will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the grand final held on the PGA Sultan course at Antalya Golf Club, where they will stay at the five-star Sirene Hotel and Beach Resort, between December 6 and 10.
The PGA National Pro-Am has an overall prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the Grand Final taking home a cheque for £5,000.
Last year's winners were from the Forest Pines Golf Club in North Lincolnshire.