Kedleston Park GC is first port of call for the 2013 Lombard Trophy

PGA Lombard trophy.'Belfry.
PGA Lombard trophy.'Belfry.

Club golfers and their PGA professionals will have an added incentive to put in some extra practice ahead of the coming season with the return of the popular Lombard Trophy, which this year starts off its tour around the country at Kedleston Park Golf Club.

Leading UK asset finance company Lombard has signed a three-year agreement to sponsor the PGA National Pro-Am Championship, culminating in a September grand final over Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary course – host to the 2014 Ryder Cup where the likes of Europe’s heroes Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy will do battle in 18 months time.

The prize fund has been increased by £30,000 to £80,000 and features 16 regional finals, with amateurs qualifying to team up with their club PGA pro by winning their local monthly medal or Stableford.

An exciting line-up of regional final venues will start at Kedleston Park on June 3.

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: “ This is a unique event in that it offers PGA professionals a rare opportunity to team up with an amateur partner and represent their club in a national event. And I am especially pleased that Lombard will be renewing their relationship with the PGA National Pro-Am Championship.”