Resort golfer swings his way to top 10 at pro-am
A southport GOLFER finished in the top 10 at the pro-am of the British Masters at Close House in Northumberland.
Mike Durkin, a member at Hurlston Hall golf club in Scarisbrick, who suffered a heart attack in 2013, had secured a place at the event after winning the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo in September with teammates Neil Garbutt and 14 year-old Hannah Golding and professional Ben Evans.
At the British Masters, he again played with Hannah and Neil and the professional was Nicolas Colsaerts.
Mike, who plays off a handicap of 14, said: “It was an outstanding event. Money can’t buy that experience. All the qualifying rounds I played were worth it. I had a bit of lady luck along the way. If I never played golf again after that day, I would have had my fill.
“Hopefully I have empowered my fellow members to enter similar competitions.
“It was a demanding course to play. The greens were very undulating and Nicolas Colsaerts said they were some of the most demanding on the European tour. For example, on occasion you had to aim the putts three feet left of the hole.
“Colsaerts was a gentleman to play with. He was very helpful and helped the three of us. He would tell us where we needed to place the ball on the course. It was interesting to see how he worked with his caddie as well. Colsaerts totally trusted the information his caddie gave him.
“There were many people watching the pro-am and it was nerve-racking. People were sat in the stands.”
Mike's team finished about 10 shots off the leaders. He also enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the pros and celebrities at the event and added: “I was able to get my picture taken with Sergio Garcia and Miguel Jimenez on the putting green.”