A trip-of-a-lifetime to a top Las Vegas golf resort awaits amateur, Paul Williams, and his Olton PGA professional, Charles Haynes – if they can come through the regional final of Europe’s biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.
Williams took his first big step towards a luxury trip to the grand final, at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort, between December 2-8 when he won the club qualifying competition with a nett score of 65.
He and Haynes now advance to Little Aston Golf Club, on Friday, July 8, one of 16 regional finals, where they will play one round of better-ball medal play.
The winners at each regional final will secure their place on board a Virgin Atlantic jet for the 36-hole Grand Final, being staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed SouthShore Course. The tournament, which is supported by SkyCaddie and BMW, draws in more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland, and is now its 27th competitive year.
The award-winning Virgin Atlantic long haul airline is sponsoring the event for the third successive year.
The PGA National Pro-Am has a prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the Grand Final taking home a cheque for £5,000.
Paul Williams, is a 47-year-old house-husband, from Solihull. He plays off a handicap of six.
Charles Haynes, 49, has been a professional at Olton for 11 years.
Last year’s winners were from the Pannal Golf Club in North Yorkshire, with Dave Padgett and amateur partner, Jonathan Honeysett, collecting the trophy.