Sherborne delighted to qualify for the US Seniors' Championship
ANDREW Sherborne has qualified to make his debut on the United States PGA Seniors' Tour in Michigan next week.
He earned one of the places available to European Seniors' Tour players in the US PGA Seniors Championship at the Nicklaus-designed Harbour Shores course after finishing seventh in the Majorca Seniors Open on Sunday.
He will line up alongside some of the game's greats, such as defending champion Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin, Mark O'Meara, Craig Stadler and Mark James.
The 6ft 4in Kendleshire player, who won twice in Spain during his European Tour career, said: "The top two in our order of merit, who were not otherwise exempt, earned places. As this was our first tournament this year, I got in.
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"Although I have played in America, this will be my first competitive appearance there and I am more than happy to have qualified. I am sure it will be a very enjoyable week. I have set no targets, only to play well. It is a great opportunity and, of course, I'm looking forward to it."
Sherborne, 51, felt his way during his debut season on the Seniors' Tour last year. He won the Farm Foods British Par Three Championship, worth £15,000, but finished 43rd in the order of merit. He expects to fare far better this year.
"It was an OK start – I played well in patches last week in Majorca," he said. His two-under-par 211 (72, 67, 72) was worth almost £6,000. Gordon Brand Jnr (Players) was one shot further behind.
"I started slowly on the Seniors' Tour last year as it takes a little while to get back into competitive golf. But there were good signs towards the end of last year that I was getting acclimatised," he added.
Somerset's David Dixon shot nine-under-par 273, worth £12,000, to finish ninth in the Madeira Open last week. The Kendleshire's Chris Lloyd was 12 shots behind in 53rd.