South Africa-based Neil Cheetham, of the Wanderers Golf Club, won the Senior PGA Professional Championship at Foxhills to justify making and financing the long journey from Johannesburg to Surrey on at least two counts.
Not only has the £6,000 winner’s cheque more than covered the cost of the trip, the victory has qualified him to play in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in August.
A place in the top 15 would have achieved that objective, so adding his name to a list of winners that includes the late Tommy Horton was a welcome addition.
“My main goal was to try and get in the top 15 and qualify for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship later in the year,” said Cheetham, who has worked in South Africa for the past dozen years.
“So winning the tournament was a real bonus – it’s a fantastic achievement for me.”