RICHARD Copsey has prepared on both sides of the Atlantic for his shot at winning the £25,000 Golfplan Insurance PGA-Pro Captain Challenge grand final, which starts tomorrow (November 30).
The Enville pro, who teams up with club captain Andrew Whitlock in the 36-hole final, put in an intense 80 holes of practice across three days in mixed weather conditions at Saunton on the Devon coast to blow the cobwebs out of his game recently. And followed that up by jetting off to Orlando for some warm weather training around the courses of Lake Nona.
It sounds like a well-planned build up for the season ending showdown in Spain. But Copsey insists it is purely a happy coincidence. He said: “We always head over to America for some golf at this time of year. “It is just fortunate that it has fallen when it did.
“When we qualified for the final we had to cut the trip short but we are heading out there a few days earlier.
“I am not a fan of cold weather and we have a friend at Lake Nona which is the reason we go.”
And it will mean a smooth switch from the heat of Orlando to the heat of Lumine Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community in Spain. The resort, which features two Greg Norman designs, will stage the event over 36 holes from Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, December 1.
Copsey and club captain Whitlock made home advantage pay in the qualifier, shooting a 10 under round at Enville to ease into the final of the Golfplan Insurance event.
Pictured is Richard Copsey, right, and Andrew Whitlock after winning the PGA Golfplan Pro-Captain Midland Qualifier. Photo by Tony Marshall (Getty Images).