Belvedere club preparing for biggest Pro/Am in Yorkshire

repeat success? Last year's winning professional James Drinkall, pictured with David Dowson from sponsors Lloyd Dowson Accountants, and Mike Wilkinson, the 2012 Bridlington Golf Club captain, is looking to retain his title.

repeat success? Last year's winning professional James Drinkall, pictured with David Dowson from sponsors Lloyd Dowson Accountants, and Mike Wilkinson, the 2012 Bridlington Golf Club captain, is looking to retain his title.

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Bridlington Golf Club is busy preparing for next week’s 18th annual Seaside Pro/Am event, which has grown into the largest of its kind in Yorkshire.

Professional golfers from around the North of England are due to descend upon the Belvedere course next Friday in a bid to win the leading professional prize of £1,500 and the much-coveted Seaside Pro-Am Trophy, donated by the Bridlington Free Press.

Each pro will be joined by three amateur golfers and these 46 teams will compete for the Lloyd Dowson Team Trophy.

Last year’s leading professional golfer was James Drinkall, from Leeds Golf Centre, who won with an excellent individual score of 68 (four under par) and he will be returning to defend his title. However, he will be pushed hard this year to retain the title as a number of Euro Pro Tour Professionals are involved, including local favourite Alex Belt, Chris Hanson and Matthew Marsh and a number of other very talented Professionals.

The winning team last year was local embroidery firm Pineapple Joes, who got their hands on the trophy for the first time having played in every event since 1996.

Event organiser Anthony Howarth said: “Preparations are going well and we are looking forward to another successful event. I am delighted to confirm that Lloyd Dowson are once again our main sponsors of the event and their continued support over the years has helped make the event one of the highlights of the Yorkshire Professional Golfers’ calendar.

Since the first event back in 1996 the Seaside Pro/Am has raised over £50,000 for many worthwhile charities and this year the event will be raising money for Help For Heroes.

There will be a raffle during the day and spectators are also very welcome.