Richmond golfer gets chance to play in Florida after hole-in-one shot

John Simpson.

Richmond Golf Club member John Simpson is to battle for the chance to win one of 12 spots on a dream trip to play TPC Sawgrass as part of the Hole In One Club Final next month.

John, who is competition cecretary at Richmond, left it late to qualify for the National PlayOff Finals of the Hole In One Club, which is open to golfers across the UK and costs £5 each season to become a member.

It proved to be £5 well spent for Simpson after he scored an ace at the 187-yard par-three fourth at Richmond on September 30.

He left it late, as that was the last day of the qualification period for the 2018 Hole In One season.

That ace earned Simpson a place in the National PlayOff at West Lancashire golf course on November 5 where the finalists will play for 11 spaces on the trip to the United States to play TPC Sawgrass in Florida in the Hole in One Grand Final.

The ten leading players at West Lancashire, which has staged qualification events for the Open Championship, will bag themselves a trip across the Atlantic along with the golfer winning the nearest the pin award on the day.

One further Hole in One club member will be drawn randomly for the twelfth spot in the grand final.

The prize includes return flights to Orlando, a practice round at Sawgrass before two days of competition for the final, four nights accommodation at Sawgrass Marriott and a prize giving gala dinner.

Any hole-in-one must be scored in an official club competition to be eligible for qualification, with the Hole in One club open to both male and female golfers.