Leicestershire teacher Trish Formoy is heading to Portugal with former pupil Kym Larratt to play in the WPGA Lombard Trophy Final after the duo won their regional qualifying event to book their trip to the Algarve.
Ladies European Tour player Larratt teamed up with Formoy to win by three shots at Cheshire’s Dunham Forest Golf Club after posting a six-under-par round of 66.
They will be joined in Portugal by last year’s winner Nikki Dunn, from Darlington’s Dinsdale Spa Golf Club, and her amateur partner Kate Brown. Also qualifying for the Portugal final are Ormskirk Golf Club duo Ali Gray and amateur player Doreen Hesketh.
Formoy used to teach Kym at school which meant they needed no introduction at Dunham Forest. But it was Kym’s father, PGA Professional Bob, a former European Senior Tour Professional, who encouraged his daughter to compete in the Lombard Trophy.
“We saw Bob when we got back and he’d been really excited seeing the scores coming in,” said Trish. It was his idea in the first place that we went in for it. And it all fell into place perfectly. I don’t think we’d thought we’d won it at first.
“The final is in term time as I am due to work at Leicester High School, but this is quite a deal, a biggie, a PGA Final and certainly the biggest event I’ll ever have played in. So I shall be going!”