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Lancashire golf pro set for career highlight in Texas

LANCASHIRE golf pro Ali Gray will experience a career highlight later this month when she represents Great Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in Texas.

In addition to the host country and Great Britain and Ireland, teams from Australia, Canada, and Sweden are due to take part in the match at Barton Creek, Texas, from October 24 – 26.

Gray, a PGA Professional at Ormskirk Golf Club, booked her place in the five-strong team as a result of her performances in this and last year’s Women’s PGA Professional Championship.

The 47-year-old has won that tournament on two occasions during a success-laden career that has followed her decision to turn professional in 1994.

Her impressive list of achievements also includes being a member of the Ladies European Tour for three years, topping the Women’s PGA Order of Merit and, in tandem with retired dentist Pat Johnson, winning the Lombard Trophy.

Prior to turning pro, Gray was Northern Ladies Champion in 1993 and represented Lancashire and England juniors.

Selection for the Great Britain and Ireland Women’s PGA Cup team tops those, however.

“I am absolutely delighted, proud and honoured to have qualified to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup,” she said.

“It is a great achievement for me on a personal level and I am very much looking forward to being part of what is I’m sure going to be a hugely successful tournament.

“The venue – Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, looks amazing and I can’t wait to compete alongside my fellow professionals and hopefully bring home the trophy.”

Photo of Ali Gray, courtesy of Adrian Milledge, PGA.