GOLF: A PAINTER and decorator is hoping to put the finishing touches to a golfing trip of a lifetime on Monday.
Derek Hargreaves, 57, and Crewe PGA professional David Wheeler will take a step closer to a luxury five-day trip to one of Europe's leading courses, San Lorenzo in Portugal, if they can come through the next stage of the Lombard Trophy.
The event, which was launched in 1995, is Europe's biggest pro-am competition.
Hargreaves, who lives in Crewe, won the club's qualifying competition with a nett score of 69. Married with three children, he has been playing golf for seven years and has a handicap of 15.
Wheeler, 50, has been the professional at Crewe for four years.
The pair now advance to the regional final at Hesketh Golf Club on Monday, where they will play one round of better-ball medal play. The winning professional in the regional final receives £475, and there are valuable prizes for the top amateurs.
The winners of 16 regional finals throughout Great Britain and Ireland will enjoy an expenses-paid trip to San Lorenzo from September 3-7.
Kay Holmes and Pat Herring won the 0-20 handicap section of Crewe Golf Club's ladies section Medal competitions.
Ann Yates and Mary Stockton won the 21 to 27 handicap section and Hazel Washburn and Hayley Taylor the 28 to 36 handicap division.
Crewe Golf Club had a dual success at the weekend with the Scratch team beating Haydock Park 4-3 in the Dunham Knockout, while the Juniors won 5-2 at Marple Golf Club.
Ian Ford and Andrew Hodgson won Sunday's invitation competition with 42 points, one ahead of Andy Bamfort and Peter Bratherton. Nick Parry Jnr and Geoff Hackett were third with 40 points.
Denton pro Mike Hollingworth won last Thursday's Glenmuir Club Professional Championship qualifier at Wychwood Park.
Hollingworth fired a three-under 69, winning by a stroke from Chorley's Mark Bradley, Craig Hislop (Eden) and Andrew Barnett (St Melyd).