25 Apr 19
Rick Weldon is looking for an action replay when he takes part in the Birdietime PGA Assistants Championship Irish qualifying event at Co Meath – fitness permitting that is.
Weldon, from Dunshaughlin-based Black Bush Golf Club, won last year’s Irish qualifier at the same venue and went on to finish tied 30th in the final at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey, England.
“I really enjoyed last year’s experience,” recalled Weldon, a former EuroPro Tour player. “It was a classy golf course and very firm and bouncy because of the good weather.”
Now the has set his sights on qualifying for this year’s final which, staged at Pleasington Golf Club, Lancashire, carries a £32,500 prize fund with £5,000 going to the winner.
“I’ve glanced at the venue for this year’s final but haven’t looked at it in detail yet,” added the second year PGA Assistant.
“I know Co Meath pretty well after playing it twice last year, once in practice then in the qualifier. As for Pleasington, I’ll see if I can get through the qualifier first and then have a good look.”
First, though, he must overcome the back injury which has put his participation at Co Meath in jeopardy.
“I hurt my back a week ago when I was exercising in the gym,” he explained. “I couldn’t walk for three days but things are improving and I’m hopeful to be able to play at Co Meath.
“My game was very good until I injured my back. I’ve had a few five and six-under-par rounds and I’ve been working hard with my coach, Shane O’Grady, who’s the head pro at Black Bush.
“Fingers crossed I’m fit for the qualifier and I can play in the final again.”