Simon set for Stateside adventure

Tom Ciullo and Bamford's Simon Healy (right). The pair won the Audi Quattro UK final and will compete in the LA Final in October 2013.
Tom Ciullo and Bamford's Simon Healy (right). The pair won the Audi Quattro UK final and will compete in the LA Final in October 2013.

Bamford’s Simon Healy says competing in next week’s Audi Quattro World Final in America will be a “dream come true”.

Amateur golfer Simon is gearing up for the trip to Los Angeles early next week when he and playing partner Tom Ciullo will be representing their country in the prestigious tournament.

Speaking before jetting off to the States on Monday, Simon told the Advertiser: “I still have to pinch myself .

“It’s the trip of a lifetime.

“This tournament gives amateur golfers an idea of just what it feels like to be a professional.”

The duo’s journey is quite remarkable considering they were paired together in unusual circumstances.

Simon and Tom were grouped together for the regional final earlier this year due to others dropping out.

They proceeded to win that event and then qualified for the UK final in Wiltshire where they finished as one of the top two pairs, with the prize to represent GB at the World Final at the Trump National Golf Club.

Simon said: “I’m really excited to play on a course of this quality.

“It’s one thing to look at the course on the computer but to play a round on it will be amazing.

“Tom’s a great lad and we just need to make sure we don’t change our winning habit now.”

Simon, aged 44, is a self-confessed late starter in the sport as he only picked up a club 11 years ago after giving up Sunday football.

He plays off a handicap of 11 and is a member of Sickleholme GC.

The Audi Quattro Cup, being staged for the 23rd year, is the world’s largest amateur golf competition.

Almost 80,000 players from 53 countries have competed for a place in this year’s final.

Tom, based in Doncaster, said: “The Trump course will be spectacular to play on.”