Scargill is chasing golfing dream after reaching national trophy grand final

A Dewsbury golfer has beaten thousands of fellow amateurs across England to qualify for the final of the Bridgestone Tyres Chase Your Dream Trophy.

Friday, 1st September 2017, 8:22 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:52 am
Hanging Heaton golfer Jacob Scargill has reached the final of the Bridgestone Tyres Chase Your Dream Trophy.

Jacob Scargill, aged 17, qualified for the grand final with a gross 74 (net 70) at Woodhall Spa to move him on to the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire on September 6.

If Scargill is in the winning team there, he could feature at the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House on September 27.

The four handicapper from Hanging Heaton Golf Club, said: “I was nervous on the first tee, for sure. Having my name called out on the first tee and people applauding was a nice experience, if not a bit nervy.

“The secret was not beating myself up when the tough moments inevitably come around. The golf course will always win, so it was about staying positive and chasing my dream, just like the trophy says.

“Entering the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy was the best decision I have made. It was a no-brainer. The captain at my club encourages us to enter everything and when I got the details, I wanted to give it a go.”

The Chase Your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs.

If Jacob is successful at Luton Hoo, he has the prospect of playing with the likes of Lee Westwood at the pro-am of the British Masters.

He added: “I have admired the likes of Lee Westwood and Justin Rose for years and watch them on the TV. To end up playing with a professional like that really would be special.

“Whatever happens, it has been an amazing experience. I’d like to get into coaching one day as I love the thought of being able to help other players. I’ve got some ability, so hopefully I can build on it, get as low as possible and look to become a professional one day myself.”

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n Hanging Heaton’s Scott Minto won the Yorkshire Order Of Merit event at Northcliffe Golf Club, Shipley, with a round of 74 followed by a brilliant 66, to claim 200 points and climb up the Order Of Merit’s top 10.