GOLF: Stoke Rochford pair chase Las Vegas jackpot

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A TRIP of a lifetime to a top Las Vegas golf resort awaits amateur Roger Rawson and his Stoke Rochford PGA professional Angus Dow if they can come through the regional final of Europe’s biggest pro-am competition, the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.

Roger took his first big step towards a luxury trip to the grand final at the Loews Lake Las Vegas resort in December when he won the club qualifying competition with a nett score of 67.

Roger and Angus now advance to Coxmoor Golf Club at the beginning of August, one of 16 regional finals, where they will play one round of betterball medal play. If they win, they will secure their place in the 36-hole grand final which is being staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed South Shore course.

Roger Rawson, is a 44-year-old accountant from Bingham and plays off a handicap of three. Angus Dow, 52, has been a professional at Stoke Rochford for 26 years.

The tournament, which is supported by SkyCaddie and BMW, draws in more than 50,000 competitors from across Great Britain and Ireland and is now its 27th competitive year. The PGA National Pro-Am has a prize fund of £30,000, with the winning professional at the grand final taking home a cheque for £5,000.