The Lambourne Club will have more than a touch of rivalry within its own ranks when it hosts the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship South B qualifying event.

Head professional Scott Marshall has already booked his place in the final after coming second in the Sonning qualifier held earlier this month in Berkshire.

But there will also be three other professionals from The Lambourne vying to join him.

David Stanton, Michael O’Connor and Assistant professional Laurence Marriott will also be representing the Buckinghamshire club on May 25.

They will all be aiming to secure a place in the £78,000 showpiece final which is being held between June 13-16 at Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club near Dublin.

It will be the fourth time The Lambrourne has hosted the qualifier and Marshall predicts some fierce competition from the host club.

“I did the gentlemanly thing and let the other boys play here, I qualified at Sonning,” he explained.

“Larry, Michael and David will be playing here,

“I’m sure there’ll be a bit of friendly rivalry, a few quips with each other beforehand. But we all hope everyone gets through.

“Hopefully, the club will be represented in the final, that’s be great.”

Marshall feels the course will once again provide a strong test for competitors.

“With the cold weather, we’ve been a fraction behind on our growth on the greens, but they’ll be perfect for the actual event, the fairways are looking good, it’s nice,” he said.

“We’re trying our hardest to get around the weather but we’re conquering it at the moment.

“But it’ll be a test, we’re quite open to the wind here which can make it quite tricky. It’s a good length as well, it’s not a short course. The last few years, two or three over par has been enough to qualify so if it is windy then I imagine the scoring will be similar.

“It’s prestigious for us to hold this event again, it’s the biggest tournament for club professionals and when you get to the final it feel like a four-day Tour event.

“Travelling to Ireland means it’ll be a great experience for the players who get to take part in the main event.”