Hart Common pair book Gleneagles date

TERRY Battersby was right on cue to book his place in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

TOP SHOTS: Steve Parry, left, and Terry Battersby

TOPS: Steve Parry, left, and Terry Battersby

The Bolton-based Hart Common member teamed up with his PGA professional Steve Parry, who also representing NW Golf Academy, to win the regional final at Pleasington.
Parry has qualified two years in a row and the duo dominated by carding a 10-under-par round of 61 to win by two shots.
The pair will play in the £43,600 final over the King’s Course at Gleneagles between September 2-3 – three weeks before the Ryder Cup is held at the same venue.
Battersby will celebrate his 40th birthday around the same time and he admitted that he and Parry turned to a different game while waiting for their rivals to finish.
“We were one of the first groups in and knew we’d played well,” said 15 handicapper Battersby.“There was a bit of a wait so Steve suggested we had a game of snooker rather than stand around getting nervous about whether we were going to hold on the lead.“We knew we’d posted a good score, but you never know in golf, there’s always someone capable of coming in and beating it.”“I know Derrick Rigby who played in the final with Steve last year so I’ll ask him what it was like. I think we’ll be using a different course this time though.”

Parry revealed that Battersby was the key to their victory. “You need a good amateur partner to do well and I was lucky to have Terry,” he said.

“We’ll be looking to improve on last year when we came ninth.”
The host pairing of Ged Furey and Mark Sears finished third, three shots behind the leaders.

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