A Lancashire golfer has become the first competitor from the county to represent the UK at the final of world’s largest amateur golf competition in over 25 years.
Over 100,000 golfers had competed in earlier rounds of the the BMW Golf Cup globally. But, Elaine Hough, from Newton, was one of only 109 team players to take part in the World Final in George, South Africa earlier this month.
Elaine was invited to take part in the tournament by Bowker BMW in Preston. She then qualified to represent the UK thanks to successive victories at Pleasington, Royal Birkdale, and St Andrews.
For Bowker BMW Tom Fox said: “Our annual golfing events are amongst the most popular and well supported. For Elaine, no shortage of skill and determination has delivered a wonderful sporting experience that will no doubt stay with her forever.
“It’s an incredible achievement. Elaine’s performances throughout the competition have been outstanding. And the dealership is proud that one of our customers has represented the Bowker BMW Centre on such a prestigious global stage.”
In the final, Elaine’s three-person UK team were the highest placed European country, finishing 5th overall with 272 points. Thailand defended the title they won last year in Dubai (UAE) with 328 points, ahead of team Malaysia (305) and team China (290).
The BMW Golf Cup World Final was contested on Montagu and Outeniqua golf courses, designed by golfing legend Gary Player.