Four years ago, when he was Warwickshire's No 1 amateur, Tom Whitehouse was invited to play in the now lamented Benson and Hedges International at The Belfry. He missed the cut by a whisker.
Now, as a professional, Whitehouse is poised to make another appearance on his native patch. He has received a special invitation to play in next week's British Masters at the Forest of Arden.
The Belfry was pretty local to Whitehouse. The Forest of Arden is in his back yard, two minutes from his home base at Maxstoke Park.
He truly is "a local." Which is a pretty shrewd move by the organisers for as Andrew (Chubby) Chandler, on behalf of the sponsors, puts it: "It's always great to see local players in tournaments. It creates a terrific atmosphere."
And if Whitehouse responds to it, he could well inspire him to significant deeds on the European Challenge Tour.
He lost his card on the main European Tour last year but he's lying in a handy eighth place on the Challenge and he has got everything to play for. Especially at the Forest of Arden.