Golf pro to battle it out at Hilton Park

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HILTON Park Golf Club will host the second of a series of six professional golf tours next week - and the club’s assistant pro David Snodgrass will battle it out for a chance to compete in the final in Mallorca at the end of the year and win £10,000.

David, 22, from Milngavie said he was unable to compete in the first of the Optical Express Professional Tour in Stranraer on May 5, but is hoping to make his mark when the two day event comes to the Milngavie club on Wednesday.

The golfer, who has been the assistant professional for four years, said: “It a strokeplay competition and there will be golfers from across the country taking part. I’ll try my best but I know I’m up against some extremely tough competition.”

Both men and women are eligible to compete and it is open to both professionals and amateurs.

It culminates in the end of year international final at the prestigious Son Gual course in Mallorca. The tour is the brain child of professional golfers Alan Tait and Nigel Scott-Smith who felt the lack of playing opportunities for golf professionals in Scotland, especially the younger, less experienced ones, was holding back the potential growth of some of Scotland’s most talented players.

The event is also supported by leading European golf professionals Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Paul Lawrie and Andrew Coltart.

The guaranteed minimum prize fund is £8,000 at each of the Scottish events and £10,000 in Mallorca.

Paul Lawrie, who won The Open Championship in 1999, said: “The whole ethos behind the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour is the continuing development of talented golfing professionals in Scotland, pure and simple.

“Although vital to the growth of any professional golfer in Scotland, it can be a costly business travelling to similar events in England or Europe and a lot of our golfing talent is unable to sustain this kind of expense.

We need this tour to continue to produce world class golfers by giving our home grown golf professionals the opportunity to develop their competitive game, in Scotland.”

For more information on the event go to www.opticalexpressPGT.com