Burlingham bidding for spot at British Masters thanks to Chase your Dream Trophy

PUBLISHED: 12:51 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 29 June 2018

Saffron Walden's Spencer Burlingham won the regional final of Bridgestone's Chase Your Dream Trophy

Saffron Walden's Spencer Burlingham won the regional final of Bridgestone's Chase Your Dream Trophy

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Saffron Walden Golf Club’s Spencer Burlingham is one step closer to a round of a lifetime with a European Tour star after winning the regional final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy.

The four-handicapper kept alive his dream of a place in the Pro Am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, when he qualified at Mid Herts GC.

And he will head to Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire during England Golf Week in August for the national final of the event, run in partnership with England Golf, where the top players will play in the Pro Am of the Bridgestone Challenge, with the winners going to the British Masters.

It’s a journey which has already captured the imaginations of thousands of amateurs in clubs affiliated to England Golf, as it did in its inaugural year in 2017.

Last year, the three overall winners partnered Ryder Cup hero Nicolas Colsaerts at the Pro Am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports at Close House.

Burlingham, who scored a net 70 in qualifying on the St Albans course, praised the tournament, saying: “It was a really tricky course but playing it blind really did me some favours.

“It meant I could approach every hole and think tactically about it!”

The Saffron Walden golfer is already looking forward to the next round, adding: “I’ll get a practice in at Frilford before we all tee off. I’ll still be nervous though – I don’t think you should be in a competitive tournament in if you’re not got butterflies.

“I really hope I can get to the British Masters – we’re a while away from that yet though!”

Bridgestone’s consumer sales & marketing director Farrell Dolan addeid: “Spencer has done fantastically to qualify for the next round amongst a field of fantastic golfers. He will continue to chase his dream of playing at the British Masters.

“Our Chase Your Dream Trophy has captured the imaginations of many, many golfers. We want to build on our 2017 successes and create another competition that is etched in the diaries of English amateur players – including Spencer.”

For more information see nomatterwhat.uk.com.

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