Bourne golfer Darrel Cross fulfilled a life-long dream yesterday (Monday) as he competed in front on television cameras at the Trilby Tour singles matchplay final.
Cross, who works in the Spa shop at Pinchbeck and is a member of Spalding Golf Club, was one of 16 players to travel up to Northumberland for the final top national amateur tournament.
The former Bourne Town footballer, now 40, secured a spot in the final – which will be shown on Sky Sports later this year – after winning one of 16 regional sections.
Cross, whose dad Keith was set to act as caddy at Rockcliffe House, admits that competing in the event will be one of the best things he’s ever done.
Speaking prior to the final, he said: “I’ve always been really into sport – and it was my dream to be on TV as a footballer when I was younger. That wasn’t possible, but to achieve that dream as a golfer is just as special.
“I owe a lot to Spalding pro Chris Huggins. I was having lots of problems with my clubs and he recommended a new shaft against the advice of others.
“It’s worked wonders and I’d not have been here without his advice.”
The Trilby Tour is now in its seventh year and is watched by 2.5 million people on Sky Sports, making it officially the largest amateur golf television series in Europe.
All players must wear a Trilby during the event, hence the name of the event.
Cross, who plays off 14 handicap, won five regional matches to make it through to the final.
Should he win, his club membership for the year will be paid by event sponsor William Hunt.
• See next week’s Lincolnshire Free Press to see how Cross got on.