Fenland golfers bidding for dream trip to Las Vegas in Europe’s biggest Pro-Am Championship

TWO Fenland golfers will take to the course for Europe’s biggest Pro-Am competition on Monday - knowing that they are just 18 holes away from a dream trip to Las Vegas.

Kerr Page, 27, professional at Gedney Hill Golf Club, will join forces with amateur Eric Cowles, 55, from Upwell, to compete in the regional final of the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.

The pair will play one round of better-ball medal play at Coxmoor Golf Club, in Nottinghamshire, with the winners set to jet off to Las Vegas for the grand final at the 36-hole SouthShore course, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Cowles, who plays off a handicap of 21, won the Gedney club’s qualifying competition to reach this stage. He said: “This will be the biggest 18 holes I have ever played.

“I would be over the moon to make it to Vegas but it’s a big ask. I always enjoy my golf and I’ve decided I’m never going to take it too seriously. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself.

“If there’s a game of golf I will get my clubs and play. I would treat Las Vegas like I treat playing at Gedney - they are just golf courses.

“I’m always excited about going golfing but this one is a bit special. I’m travelling there on Sunday night to get ready. I’m staying at a place a mile away from the course so even if the car breaks down I can still walk there.”

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The tournament, which attracts more than 50,000 competitors from across the country, boasts a prize fund of �30,000.

Professional Page, who plays off scratch, would take home a cheque for �5,000 if the pair could triumph in Vegas.

He said: “We obviously go in as underdogs but I’ll enjoy that. I don’t play in that many tournaments compared to some players but I’ve done pretty well in Pro-Ams in the past.

“I’ll keep my fingers crossed and if we got there it would be a complete bonus.”