Nottinghamshire all-rounder Peter Trego trades his cricket bat for a golf club this weekend as he aims to qualify for the Open.
If Trego succeeds in a regional qualifier on Sunday, he will advance to the final qualifiers on June 29.
The 40-year-old has scored nearly 20,000 first-class runs and taken nearly 650 wickets over a professional career spanning more than 20 years.
“I got to a point in my life where I thought ‘go for it’,” he said.
Trego will begin his quest on Sunday at Hollinwell Golf Course in Nottinghamshire. He is hoping to be one of 12 golfers across a 288 course to secure a spot for the 149th Open at Royal St George’s, which is being held July 15-18.
He has an agreement with his sponsor to donate money to the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) for every par, birdie or eagle he makes.
“It’s every golfer’s dream to play in the Open. It’s my very first event at this level, but I played well and trained hard during the blocks.
“The PCA is a charity close to my heart because they do a tremendous job supporting current and former cricketers, and their families, when they go through tough times and are in poor health.
“If I take the next stage of qualifying and can hand over a big check to the PCA, I will be a very happy cricketer and golf player,” he said.