Simon’s trip of a lifetime!

USA BOUND: Simon Eaton
USA BOUND: Simon Eaton

NELSON Golf Club professional Simon Eaton is ready to live the American dream.

The 35-year-old, along with playing partner Paul Walker, has been rewarded with the trip of a lifetime after being triumphant in the national finals of the Nike Oven Four Ball Championship.

The pair will fly off to Fort Worth in Texas to compete from next Saturday in the Championship final at the world-famous Colonial Country Club, home to the Crowne Plaza Invitational, which is one of the longest-running annual events on the US PGA Tour.

“Everything’s paid for so it’s ideal,” said Eaton. “I’m really looking forward to spending seven days out there. I’ve played in the States three or four times before but I’ve never played in Texas. The venue is in the top 10 courses in America so it must be a good course.”

Eaton booked his place at the prestigious tournament with Walker, of Knott End, after scoring 45 points in the Nike Oven Four Ball Championship English qualifier at Kibworth, beating their nearest challengers by six points in the four-ball better ball stableford format.

They will now compete against Scottish winners Jonathan Porteous (Craigielaw) and Mark Patchett (Broomieknowe) and Irish counterparts Lee Owens (Killiney) and Leonard Owens (Royal Dublin) for the overall title.

Eaton, who scooped £1,500 with victory at Kibworth, started playing as a 13-year-old and went on to be junior captain at Burnley, and represented both ELGA Boys and Lancashire Boys before turning professional at the age of 18. In the time since, he has played on both the EuroPro Tour and the Tamsel Tour and became professional at Nelson Golf Club in June 2007.

Eaton, who competed in the Isle of Man’s Ramsey Classic at the end of last month, said: “The more you play the better you get. It’s nice to be given the opportunity to travel and play on these courses. The golf club has been great to me as well because they allow me to play in these events.”

He added: “I just need to get some practice in now but it would be nice to go out there and win. The competition will have some top guys there who have won their qualifiers so the standard should be quite tough but hopefully we will be ready and we can give it a go.”