Rory McIlroy joins Welwyn Garden City brothers on the golf course
PUBLISHED: 15:18 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 14:33 22 September 2011
WELWYN Garden City golfing brothers Stuart and Paul Lock had a day to remember when they partnered world number three, Rory McIlroy in a round-of-a-lifetime on the famous Ryder Cup course at the Belfry.
The pair, who play at Whitewebbs Golf Club near Enfield, earned the honour to play alongside the US Open champion by topping regional entries with the most net birdies between them during a qualifying round on their home course.
They took their place in the final on the Brabazon course with seven other pairings from Scotland, Ireland, England and representatives from Japan, Malaysia and South Korea in a ‘King of Skins’ event, organised by sports compression wear company, Skins who’s G400 product, McIlroy wears during tournament play and recovery.
After an unforgettable round which included three holes playing alongside the Northern Irishman, the brothers couldn’t wait to tell their families and golfing buddies about a day which will live long in the memory of both players.
Stuart, who plays off a handicap of 14, said: “It was a truly memorable day.
“Rory was a down to earth young guy who obviously has tremendous talent and to see that at such close range was just awesome.
“It was a pleasure and a privilege to play with him.”
The brothers both work at Arsenal FC’s Armoury Megastore at the Emirates Stadium and 10 handicapper, Paul added: “It was amazing to walk down the fairways with the third ranked player in the whole world and he hits the ball in ways that I thought were impossible!
“He’s such a decent guy who clearly loves his sport and we spent most of the time talking about tennis and football.
“He’s a great Manchester United fan so he couldn’t resist a bit of a chuckle at our expense about the recent game at Old Trafford when we lost 8-2.
“But despite that, he was just a truly nice guy and it was an amazing experience.”
The pair’s Stableford better-ball score was enhanced by a contribution from McIlroy during the three holes they played together and afterwards, McIlroy was full of praise for his amateur partners.
He said: “It was great to see the lads enjoying their day having made it this far.
“The wind made conditions tough but we had a bit of banter out there and it was a perfect way for me to relax and play a bit of golf in that environment.
“Playing on the Brabazon course again brought back a few memories for me.
“The famous 10th hole is where I hit my first ever shot as a professional, so it was great to be back there with Skins.
“I hope the lads enjoyed their day and if me being there added to that in some way, then I’ll be delighted. “It was great fun.”
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