Callaghan and Gregory aim for third time lucky

Published 15/09/2008 12:33:10

JIM Callaghan and Mark Gregory will finally get to fulfil their dream of playing in the International Pairs World Final at St Andrews later this month - three years after first setting out on their bid to qualify.

The Dunscar duo will be one of seven UK pairs who will line up against competitors from 29 other countries at the Home of Golf at The Duke’s, St Andrews, from September 21- 23 in the world’s largest event of its kind for club golfers.

Callaghan, who plays off five, and two-handicapper Gregory have experienced more than their fair share of bad luck since winning their club qualifier at their club, near Bolton, way back in 2005.

Having reached the 2005 International Pairs UK Final, the duo were forced to pull out after Callaghan, a welder, broke his elbow and hand when a steel pipe fell on him at work on the eve of the event at Fairmont St Andrews.

The pair were allowed to defer their place and thought their fortune had changed for the better at the UK Final a year later when they finished in the top five to qualify for the 2007 International Pairs World Final - only to again fail to make it to the first tee after Gregory had to undergo surgery to remove an ingrowing hair on his back.

“It has been one thing after another since we first qualified. We thought we’d never get there,” admitted Callaghan.

“When I had my accident we thought that was our chance gone but luckily we were allowed to play the next year, then Mark had to go into hospital last year to have the hair dug out of his back.


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