Southwell golder Mick Daly heading to Mexico after winning Pro-Am at Coxmoor Golf Club

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Chris White and Mick Daly of Southwell Golf Club pictured after winning the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship Midland Regional Final at Coxmoor Golf Club on June 27, 2012 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris White; Mick Daly
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Chris White and Mick Daly of Southwell Golf Club pictured after winning the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship Midland Regional Final at Coxmoor Golf Club on June 27, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris White; Mick Daly

A Midlands railway worker stayed on track to clinch a place in Mexico at the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.

Mick Daly, of Southwell Golf Club, teamed up with PGA Professional Chris White to win the qualifying event at Coxmoor Golf Club.

But it was a close thing as the duo won by a matter of inches.

Daly, who plays off an eight handicap, and White carded an eight under par round of 65 and were the early pacesetters.

But Ryan Pudney, of Mundesley Golf Club in Norfolk, and his amateur partner Matthew Craske, almost snatched top spot.

They failed to sink a putt on the 18th and the Southwell pairing won on countback.

Daly and White will head for the the SkyCaddie and BMW supported £30,000 final which will be held at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort at Cancun in Mexico in December.

Moon Palace is home to a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course where 16 PGA professional and amateur teams will contest the event.

Daly (56), a signal engineer, said: “It was a bit of a thriller at the end. I thought we were going to lose it.

“I was willing their ball not to go down. If it had, they’d have pipped us by one shot.

“But it was bad luck for them I’m afraid, it came up about six inches short, and we’re the ones who are going to Mexico.

“We had a shaky start and I was a bit nervous, but I wanted to enjoy the day and I certainly did once it was all decided.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it will do closer to the time.”

White added: “We knew we’d had a good back nine after making a nett eagle at the 17th hole.

“It was heart in the mouth stuff at the end.

“We were one of the early ones out and we had a long wait.

“But suddenly we got the nod that another pair were getting close. So it was a bit tense but now we can look forward to the final.”