GOLF: Carrick’s McFarland and Orchin in pro-am challenge

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A quest to win Europe’s biggest pro-am begins for Neil McFarland and his Carrickfergus PGA Professional James Orchin when they tee up in a forthcoming Lombard Trophy regional final at The K Club on August 2 - one of 14 regional finals being staged across the UK.

They will be up against 64 other clubs with the winning club going through to compete in the 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Hotel resort on the Algarve in September.

McFarland, 52, who has been playing golf for 20 years and plays off a handicap of 12, landed a chance to have a tilt at qualifying for the grand final when he won his club qualifying competition with a nett score of 64.

Orchin, 32, has been a professional at the North Road club for seven years.