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Early Insight: The Bendac Championship

Early Insight: The Bendac Championship

May 11th, 2022

The fifth event of the season will see PGA EuroPro Tour members head to the West of England, as they prepare for The Bendac Championship from June 22-24.

This tournament will be hosted by Cumberwell Park Golf Club, who expertly held a majorly successful week during last season.

Venue Information

Cumberwell Park is Wiltshire’s only 45-hole complex, but members of the EuroPro Tour will be tackling the Red and Yellow loops.

The entire estate is set in 700 acres of stunning parkland, with 400 acres being dedicated exclusively for the golfing facilities.

The idea for the venue came to fruition after Chris and Adrian James decided to convert their farmland into a premium golfing destination.

They tasked Adrian Stiff with the original design, which continues to be one of his greatest pieces of work.

Having only opened in 1994, the club will celebrate their 30-year anniversary in two years’ time, but the reputation carved in such a short period of existence should be applauded.

Players can expect a blend of woodland, lakes, streams, and rolling countryside. Additionally, the natural contours have helped shape the layout of the course.

In total, there are nine lakes, 34 acres of woodland and multiple free flowing streams – all patiently waiting to cause havoc during tournament week.

Ali James, Golf Manager at Cumberwell Park, is excited to see the phenomenal talent from tour members.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have the tour returning to Cumberwell again and it’s always nice to know that the players enjoy visiting here.

“The whole team have been doing a great job over the past few months preparing the course. We have had some amazing scoring at our events before, and I don’t expect anything else this year with the standard of players on tour.”

Dan Godding, CEO of the PGA EuroPro Tour, noted: “Cumberwell Park has risen to prominence in an exceptionally short amount of time, which should indicate just how impressive this fine facility is.

“Last year’s event produced entertainment from the off, and I know the players enjoy the character that is found at Cumberwell Park.”

Previous Visit

John Parry (-15) secured a relatively comfortable victory during the Cumberwell Park Championship last season, as he recorded a three-stroke winning margin over three tied for second.

Sam Broadhurst, Tom Sloman and Joe Brooks all finished T2 with an overall score of -12, but the trio failed to worry the eventual winner late into the final round.

Calum Fyfe (-10), who progressed to the Challenge Tour last year, began the final day as overnight leader, but his score of three-over par pushed him into a tie for 5th.

Jamie Rutherford (-10) – winner of the 2021 Order of Merit – finished alongside Fyfe at T5, as he failed to ignite the final day engine with a score of even-par.

Mitch Waite (-9) – another EuroPro graduate from last season – shot a brilliant three-under to sneak into the top 10.

Dan Brown (-8) and Matty Lamb (-7) were just outside the top 10, although both would go on to have prominent seasons.

The cutline was three-under, which indicates good scoring opportunities should be presented to the players from the off – as long as the swirling wind remains tame.

Sponsor Information

Bendac are the sponsors for the event held at Cumberwell Park, and they are the leading UK-based LED display solutions provider.

Located in the west of England, their state-of-the-art showroom is packed with all the latest technological advancements.

Specialising in the design of complex LED projects, their work is featured in more than 20 countries across the globe.

If you’d like more information about Bendac, you can visit their website here.

As always, spectator entry is free and we encourage as many fans as possible – come along and see an incredible standard of golf live.

Wiltshire’s idyllic countryside provides a sensational location for golf, which is why the EuroPro Tour were desperate to return for yet another year.

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