The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour returns to Longhirst Hall Golf Club this week, and for the first time will play on the Dawson Course at the Morpeth venue.
The Dawson and Sanderson Travel Classic will see 156 of Europe’s top young pros tee it up in Northumberland, competing for their share of a £40,000 prize fund. The Sky Sports cameras will film the action for a two-hour highlights package which debuts on June 3.
The tournament begins on Wednesday and concludes on Friday, when the winner will take home a top prize of £10,000, a brand new Motocaddy trolley and a Shotsaver ranger finder.
Among the field is early HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour front runner Jack Senior. The former Walker Cup star came second in the season-opener at The Belfry, and won a three-way play-off to scoop the top prize in the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose two weeks ago.
EuroPro alumni and two-time European Tour winner Bradley Dredge is the bookies’ favourite for the tournament, and Q School winner David Booth of Rotherham Golf Club will be looking to make an immediate impact in his first event since excelling in Qualifying.
Bedlingtonshire’s Mathew Webb will be hoping to be in contention on the final day again this year. Longhirst Hall is just a few miles away from his home club and he was among the leaders going into the concluding 18 last August before a disappointing final round saw him drop down the leaderboard.
The EuroPro is Europe’s leading development tour, with the top five on the Order of Merit at the end of the season earning a category on the Challenge Tour. Among the international entrants at Longhirst is Olafur Lotfsson, who became the first Icelandic national to play a PGA Tour event when he qualified for the Wyndham Championship as an amateur in 2011.
The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour is offering free entry to spectators for all three days of the event, which comprises 54 holes with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after the second round.