After a two-week absence the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour returns next Wednesday with the Your Golf Travel Classic at Bovey Castle.
The par-70 Dartmoor venue will be hosting a Tour event for the sixth consecutive year having become a popular and regular fixture on the schedule.
Ahead of each 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour competition we speak to the host courseâ€™s resident pro and this week Richard Lewis gives us the lowdown on Bovey Castle. Below is his â€˜Inside Trackâ€™ on the course and on Monday weâ€™ll publish his guide to the top five â€˜key holesâ€™.
â€œThe condition of the course isnâ€™t too bad, the green keepers have spent a lot of time working on it. The greens could be quicker but we are quite pleased considering the wet weather we have had. We have two rivers running through the bottom of the valley and we can stand about 15-18 millimetres of rain, which isnâ€™t too bad. Half of the course is down in the valley, half of it up the top of the valley.â€
[b]Who Does The Course Suit?[/b]
â€œItâ€™s a course for accurate golfers. Itâ€™s an old course, close to 100 years old, and only 6,300 yards long, which is quite short by modern standards. Itâ€™s tough because it is all about accuracy; the river comes into play on just about every hole on the back nine. It is all about being a golfer who uses his brain; you need to be an intelligent golfer here rather than somebody who just blasts it!â€
[b]Score To Aim For[/b]
â€œI would expect it to be ten or 11 under at the end of the three rounds. It depends on the wind direction because if it does blow down the valley it can be really tough. Sometimes the winner would be as low as five under, other times you might get 14 or 15 under.â€
â€œThe biggest hazard is the two rivers running through the back nine. They are down the sides of holes and through the middle; they come into play everywhere on the back nine which should make for a really good finish on the Friday afternoon.â€
[b]Looking For A Birdie[/b]
â€œThere are some good chances for a birdie or even an eagle on the front nine. But even on the back nine we have seen some of the EuroPro players getting a good run in the past.â€
â€œJust go for position off the tee. Donâ€™t go for distance, it is all about your position.â€
The Your Golf Travel Classic is a 54-hole strokeplay event played on the par-70 course at Bovey Castle. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes on both Wednesday and Thursday. There will then be a cut to the leading 50 players and ties who will play a final 18 holes on Friday.
Live scoring from the event will be available via the â€˜Score Updatesâ€™ link on the right of this website, and regular updates will also be posted on the Tourâ€™s official Twitter feed, [url=www.twitter.com/pgaeuroprotour]@PGAEuroProTour[/url]