11 Feb 19
It’s not every day you get to enjoy breakfast with one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time, but that’s exactly what happened to PGA Professional Lewis Atkinson when he entered last year’s Staysure PGA Trophy.
After progressing through a regional qualifier at Kings Hill, Atkinson and his over-50s amateur partner Peter Hewitt had just finished playing in a thrilling Grand Final.
Despite their best efforts, the Gerrards Cross duo finished runners-up in the event with a score of 87, five points behind winners Glen Portelli and Vic Kenny (a) who were representing Old Ford Manor.
But for Atkinson, his experience in the tournament will be remembered for something other than an impressive second-placed finish.
“Once there we met Paul McGinley and I had breakfast with Colin Montgomerie which was special,” revealed Atkinson.
“He (Montgomerie) asked me about the course and how it was playing as he’d never played the International course so I told him my thoughts. The next day he shot nine-under-par in his first round!
“They were both great guys. I’d love to go one better this year and win the entire thing but would also be happy with making the Grand Final.”
Atkinson will be hoping to go one better in 2019 having entered the Staysure for a second consecutive year and is keen to encourage more clubs to enter.
“It made me really proud to represent my club,” Atkinson added. “Lots of the members were emailing and messaging me good luck.
“To make the Grand Final is obviously special. It’s special for the club but also an amazing experience for my amateur partner. I really like the London Club too so I was extra excited.
“I would thoroughly recommend all clubs to enter. The entire event is ran perfectly by The PGA and Staysure.”
The Staysure PGA Trophy carries a £30,000 prize fund and will be contested by PGA Professionals and a male or female amateur partner aged 50 or over.
Seven regional qualifiers, played across Great Britain and Ireland, will determine the pairs taking part in the Grand Final from July 30-31 at the London Golf Club near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Full details on how to enter can be found through the Staysure PGA Trophy online entry pack.
Ireland (Seapoint Golf Links) May 29 – Register now
Midlands (Enville Golf Club) July 2 – Register now
South West (Cumberwell Park Golf Club) July 8 – Register now
North (The Manchester Golf Club) July 11 – Register now
Scotland (Montrose Golf Links) July 12 – Register now
South (Foxhills Club and Resort) July 16 – Register now
East (Orsett Golf Club) July 22 – Register now