Chris Hanson, who topped last seasonâ€™s Order of Merit, will make a return to the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour next week to defend his title at Bovey Castle.
Hanson will be joined at the Your Golf Travel Classic by John E Morgan and West Ham United midfielder Gary Oâ€™Neil, who will be playing as an amateur at the Devon event. Current Order of Merit co-leaders Dan Seymour and Michael LeMesurier will also feature as they look to build on early-season success in a bid to finish high up the rankings.
Morgan is one of the most high-profile graduates of the PGA EuroPro Tour and stunned the golfing world in 2002 by gaining both his USPGA Tour Card and European Tour Card in his rookie year.
As the Tourâ€™s best performer in 2011 Hanson earned his place on this summerâ€™s Challenge Tour, along with the other top-five finishers on last seasonâ€™s PGA EuroPro Tour. However, he is not participating on Europeâ€™s second-tier tour next week and so returns to Bovey Castle, where he shot 68, 69, 63 to finish ten under par and claim the Â£10,000 winnersâ€™ cheque last June.
Hanson knows heâ€™ll be expected to perform at Bovey but is nonetheless relishing a return to a course which has always proved fruitful for the Yorkshire man.
â€œIt will be a really tough event,â€ he said. â€œThere will be a lot of pressure on me to perform well with the background that I have got there but Iâ€™ll go there and enjoy it. I have a few things to work on with my game and it will be a good week to try those things out.
â€œThe EuroPro Tour has a lot of history for me; I played on it for five years and had some really good results. Bovey Castle has always been really good to me, so to come back on a week off and play somewhere I really like is going to be good.
â€œI won there last year and in 2006. Iâ€™ve had two wins and two top tens in my five tournaments there, so I have some good memories of the course.
â€œYou have to control your ball well at Bovey. Itâ€™s quite tight in places and the wind is a key factor on the back nine. My distance control is pretty good so Bovey does suit my game.
â€œThe back nine is amazing. The stream goes through every hole on the back nine and those last four holes are really tough and 15 and 16 are absolutely brilliant golf holes which set it up for a really great finish.â€
Hanson has enjoyed a successful start since moving up to the Challenge Tour but continues to keep a close eye on how things are unfolding on the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour too.
â€œI have a lot of background on the EuroPro,â€ he said. â€œI have a lot of good friends who play on it and I keep a close eye on how those guys are doing.
â€œSince the EuroPro Tour Championship last October I have had a bit of time at home with my family. I went to European Tour Q School in December but didnâ€™t get past the second stage there.
â€œI started the Challenge Tour season in India in January and finished 30th. I went to Columbia after that and finished fourth and then made the cut last week in France, so it hasnâ€™t been a bad start to the season.â€
The Your Golf Travel Classic is the third event of the 2012 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour and gets underway on the par-70 course at Bovey Castle in Devon on Wednesday (May 23), concluding on Friday (May 25).
The tournament is a 54-hole strokeplay event with a field of 156 players playing 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.
Spectator entry to the event is free. Live scoring from the event will be available on this website and regular updates will also be posted on the Tourâ€™s official Twitter feed, [url=www.twitter.com/pgaeuroprotour]@PGAEuroProTour[/url]