Alfreton duo a step closer to rubbings shoulders with stars

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Two amateur golfers from Alfreton Golf Club will be teeing off alongside each other at the Bridgestone Challenge, following a fantastic second and third place finish at Headingley Golf Club.

The pair, who are both members of the Derbyshire club, are now only one step away from the British Masters but first must conquer a pro-am at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Andy Burnham and Dan Bennett, 47 and 34, were both entered into the DriveGuard trophy, Bridgestone’s innovative golfing format, by their captain and haven’t looked back since.

Scoring 38 points in the stableford competition, Andy was only a single point in front of his team-mate, who travelled with Dan but insists there is no rivalry between the pair.

“We’ve got a really good friendship, there’s no animosity and we even agreed to caddy for each other, if only one of us got through to the next round” said the 13-handicapper.

Andy continued “I’ve known Andy since I started playing golf, which was around five years ago. He’s got a lot more experience than me but we’re really keen to see each other play well and are proud to represent our club.”

Dan plays off a handicap of five and admits that practice in the previous weeks, helped the pair come to terms with the Chipping Norton course.

“We went down a few weeks before and carefully planned out our route around the course. It really helped us get into the frame of mind for the main event.

“I’m so glad we managed to fit that in because it’s clearly paid off.

“Anyone coming down without that practice would have to quickly adapt to quick, bouncy greens but we knew what we were due to face.”

The tournament pitted Dan and Andy against 34 other golfers, young and old, from around the region with the chance to play alongside sporting and celebrity names in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am.

If the Alfreton golfers continue their form at Heythrop Park, they will then have the opportunity to rub shoulders with Ian Botham, Jamie Redknapp and Damon Hill at The Grove in a second pro-am, taking place before the British Masters in October.