2018 Champions


Ben Thornham & Jon Slater

"To get to the playoffs was a surprise, to win it was incredible!"

Ages: 32, 28
Occupations: PE Teachers
Handicaps: 5, 9
Home Clubs: Hull Golf Club
Score: 42
Golf heroes: Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods


Ben and Jon, congratulations on the big win and becoming the 2018 Trilby Twos Champions! How does it feel?

Ben: We didn't expect to get under par after our practice round, to get to the playoffs was a surprise, to win it was incredible!
Jon: It is amazing to lift the trophy. To take another trophy back to Hull Golf Club is a great feeling!

Tell us about your experience on the day. How do you feel the nerves compared from the 1st to the 3-hole play off?

Ben: The first shot of the day wasn't too bad to be honest. Fast forward 5 hours to the playoff was a totally different feeling. The proof was in the quality of my tee shot, the ball not getting any higher than a foot and a half off the floor!
Jon: On the first I was quite nervous as it was my first Trilby Tour. After the first shot I felt absolutely fine and just enjoyed myself. To be fair, on the 3 hole playoff I wasn't too nervous as it was Ben teeing off the first and after I saw him top his tee shot 100 yards I thought I can't do worse than that!



Have you played in any other regional Trilby Championships?

Ben: No
Jon: No

How did you cope with the cameras on the day?

Ben: Apart from the first playoff hole, they seemed to inspire me. I played some of my best shots in front of them. I might have to get somebody to follow me round on a Saturday with one!
Jon: I loved it, I though it might be the only time I get to play in the competition so made the most of it. A few little first pumps and winks towards the camera seemed to work!



Where is your trophy now?

Ben: The Hull Golf Club Clubhouse
Jon: It is sitting proudly in the Clubhouse at Hull Golf Club.


Did you ever think, going into the day, that you would not only qualify for the International Grand Final but also be bringing home a Trilby Tour Regional Championship trophy?

Ben: After the practice round, I felt slightly more confident, not because we had a better idea of the holes, but because we were both useless and things couldn't get any worse. But to think that we would win it wasn't really in our minds.
Jon: We played the day before as a practice round so had a good feel for the course which helped. Ben has been playing well all season and had dragged me through a few other pair's events so I had a feeling if I could start scoring as well then we would have a chance, but you never know. It was just a great experience to get to the final, let along win the Championship!


Tell us about your background?

Ben: Like Jon, I am a PE Teacher, as a kid I'd try any sport school offered. I took up golf around 12 after my Dad started playing. However, due to other sporting commitments I was quite hit and miss with when I could play. I only seriously got into golf after I finished university and realised I wasn't very good at football.
Jon: I am a PE Teacher who loves playing sport, I took up golf when I was around 11. I play a range of different sports but mainly golf and football. My first experience of the Trilby Tour was when Ben Rozenbroek roped me in to caddy for him in the pair's event. When we got the opportunity to play in the 2018 Trilby Twos Championship we jumped at the chance and it paid off!


How did you find the clothing?

Ben: I thought it fitted me well and it really showed off Jon's figure.
Jon: The clothing was spot on. The trousers and t-shirt were well fitted and the Trilby just topped it off.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Ben: In golf, winning the 2018 Trilby Twos Championship... In life, my daughter.
Jon: Eating a 24 family bag of crisps in one day but winning the Trilby Twos beats that!



Describe yourself in a sentence...

Ben: Father, husband, bald, useless at most things.
Jon: Laid back, sociable and competitive.


How will you go about defending your Trilby Tour Championship title next year?

Ben: The same as this year... Play terrible the day before, rip it up on the day!
Jon: Hit the gym in the winter season get myself in peak condition would be ideal but it's more likely to be beers in Sheaf! I'm sure we'll get a few rounds in over next summer as we are both PE Teachers and maybe a little trip to the course that is hosting as a practice round and then just win it on the day.



What's your motto in life?

Ben: Never up, never in.
Jon: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard.


Any last words for William Hunt and the Trilby Tour Team?

Ben: Absolutely brilliant event, it's the closest idiots like us will come to feeling the pressure the good players feel every week. Counting down the days to next year!
Jon: Bring on next year!





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