Thorney Lakes pair set sights on Gleneagles glory

Competitors who took part in the Keith Bass Trophy competition.

Competitors who took part in the Keith Bass Trophy competition.

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Peter Roberts and his Thorney Lakes PGA professional Mark Templeman are one step away from following in the footsteps of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes with an appearance in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

Roberts teed up a chance to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary Course, venue for the dramatic matchplay win over the United States last year, between September 1-2 when he won his club qualifying competition with a net score of 72.

He and Templeman now advance to the regional final at Northamptonshire County Golf Club on June 29 where they will compete against up to 70 other clubs for the chance to secure one of 16 prized spots available for the 36-hole grand final.

The Lombard Trophy is the biggest pro-am tournament in Europe and attracts entries from over 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.

The winning professional at the grand final will take home a cheque for £12,000.

Roberts is a 42-year-old lorry driver from Paston and is married with two children. He plays off a handicap of19.

Templeman (49) has been a professional at Thorney Lakes for 24 years.

Last year’s winners were PGA Professional Richard O’Hanlon and amateur partner Andy Jones from St Kew Golf Club in Cornwall.

HOLE-IN-ONE

Paul Harford has become the latest Peterborough golfer to fire a hole-in-one.

The 48 year-old Thorney Lakes member, who plays off 10, scored his ace on the 170-yard, par-three seventh during a recent club competition.

KEITH BASS

One of Peterborough Milton’s most popular captains has recently passed away.

Keith Bass, who was 89, was men’s captain of the Castor club in 1971 and played a major part in the development of junior golf not only at the club but also at county and national level.

He served as county junior golf delegate for Northamptonshire and subsequently Norfolk for over 25 years and many county and national golfers have benefitted from his legacy to junior golf.

Keith moved to Sheringham in the 1990s but was still a regular visitor back to Peterborough - often timing his visits to coincide with junior meetings.

Fittingly, just a few days after his death, 16 junior members of the club battled it out for the Keith Bass Trophy - a trophy donated by Keith a number of years ago at Milton to provide extra competition for young golfers.

The winner was Samuel Mackenzie with a magnificent net 62 followed by Sam Balaam with a net 67. Ben Morris carded a creditable 71 for third place.

Special mention should go to Thalia Martin who holed her second shot on the par four third for a very rare eagle two.