Crossland and pal’s PGA Fourball hope

BLAIRGOWRIE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06:  Kevin Crossland of Worksop Golf Club plays his second shot on the 1st fairway during day two of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Blairgowrie, Scotland.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
BLAIRGOWRIE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06: Kevin Crossland of Worksop Golf Club plays his second shot on the 1st fairway during day two of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Blairgowrie, Scotland. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Worksop Golf Club professional Kevin Crossland is hoping to take momentum into the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship final.

The 34-year-old goes into the event on the back of his first ever career hole-in-one, claimed earlier this month at the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie.

Crossland will tee up alongside long-time friend Andrew Willey of Bulwell Forest, who is also in excellent form after finishing in third place in Scotland.

The duo, competing together in this event for the first time, will be looking to secure a share of the £33,250 prize fund on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

And Crossland remains confident that they can be in the mix when it counts at the Cornwall venue.

“Yeah we’re feeling good, it’s nice to go into events feeling that you can compete at the top of the leaderboard,” he said.

“Andrew’s playing very well this year, and we’ve both been getting chance to play in plenty of tournaments so we should be well prepared when it comes to going out on the course.”

“During the Glenmuir my putter was hot, I was really pleased with my short game.”

“But I thought I needed to improve my long game, although the hole-in-one did make me feel a little bit better about that.”

“They do say that once you get one another can often follow fairly quickly behind, so you never know I could get another in the Fourball!”

Crossland insists that the duo’s lack of knowledge of the St Mellion course will not hinder them in pursuit of the silverware.

“We haven’t played St Mellion before so it is going to be new to us,” he confessed.

“But from what I’ve heard it should suit us.”

“It’s a long course, and personally I think the tougher the course the better it will be for us.

“I don’t see why we can’t go out there and do well – Andy’s having a great season and there’s nothing to say we can’t go there and win.”

Other duos from the Midlands competing in the event include Richard Beastall and John Vaughan both from Rufford Park, Thomas Cheetham of Chase and Luke Howe (Brocton Hall), Great Barr’s John Bandurak and Adam White (Perton Park), and Richard Challoner and Mark Butler from the Mark Butler Golf Academy.

As the Guardian went to print Crossland and Willey were tied for second after a six under par first round of 66.