Smith pairs up with pro in bid to get to Portugal

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A quest to win Europe’s biggest pro-am begins for David Smith and his Haverhill PGA professional Paul Wilby when they tee up in a forthcoming Lombard Trophy regional final.

The duo will be up against 64 other clubs at Thetford Golf Club on July 13, with the winning pair going through to compete in the 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Hotel resort on the Algarve, in September.

Smith landed a chance to have a tilt at qualifying for the grand final when he won Haverhill Golf Club’s qualifying competition with a nett score of 67.

The 50-year-old construction buyer from Haverhill has been playing golf for 10 years and plays off a handicap of 13, while Wilby, 45, has been a professional at Haverhill for eight years.

Last year’s winners were PGA professional Jason Levermore and amateur partner Ben Steed from Channels Golf Club, Essex.