Golf: Ciullo to live American dream after reaching Audi Quattro Cup World Final

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Tom Ciullo’s Californian dream has become a reality after hitting form in the Audi Quattro Cup.

The 26-year-old, from Bessacarr, is one of just four UK golfers to reach the prestigious World Final, to be staged at the illustrious Trump National Golf Club next month (7-11 Oct).

Tom Ciullo, of Bessacarr has qualified him for the world final in Los Angeles. Picture: Andrew Roe

Tom Ciullo, of Bessacarr has qualified him for the world final in Los Angeles. Picture: Andrew Roe

Ciullo and playing partner Simon Healy, from Bamford near Buxton, booked their American adventure by finishing second in the UK final at the Bowood Golf & Country Club in Wiltshire earlier this month.

Ciullo told the Free Press: “Both myself and Simon just cannot wait for it to come around, I’ve been to Miami before but never LA.

“The itinerary for the week looks absolutely amazing and the Trump course will be spectacular to play on.

“We didn’t really expect to get this far in the competition to be honest - and we’ve had a bit of luck along the way too.

“It was only due to someone dropping out that we got paired together at Woodhall Spa last month when we won the regional final.

“That was the first time we played together as a pair.

“We went into the UK final with the attitude of ‘let’s just play a steady round and see what happens’.

“I thought we left a few putts out there but we found out later that evening we’d done enough to reach LA. That was a great feeling.”

Ciullo is a member of Doncaster Golf Club in Bessacarr and plays off eight.

His brother Carlo is a PGA professional who finished fifth on the Yorkshire Assistants PGA Order Of Merit last year.

Ciullo and Healy scored 40 points (back 9 score 19) in the 18-hole Stableford final at Bowood.

The tournament winners, Mike Broad and Andrew Witter, also scored 40 and took the UK title by scoring 23 on the back nine.

The quartet will represent Great Britain in Los Angeles and are the only two pairs from the UK to qualify for America.

The Audi Quattro Cup, being staged for the 23rd year, is the world’s largest amateur golf competition with almost 80,000 players from over 50 countries competing for a place in the week-long World Final.

Almost 50 qualifying events have been staged across the country since April to whittle down Britain’s entrants.

n At Doncaster Golf Club the final of the Burnett Foursomes knockout competition was won by Phil Marshall and Steve Holgate, to add to their earlier success in the Mens’ Fourball final.

In the Burnett they beat Rob Woodcock and Ian McClennan.

William Turton took the Monday Stableford with 39 points from runner up Dean Jones who had 38.

Sharing third place were Salvatore Ciullo and Stuart Hall who both scored 36 points. More golf - p111.