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First venues announced for 2012 season

First venues announced for 2012 season

January 18th, 2012

The first events in the 2012 PGA EuroPro Tour schedule have been announced.

Once again, the Tour will begin at Wensum Valley in Norfolk in April before events at Bovey Castle in Devon and Galgorm Castle in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in May and Burhill in Surrey in June.

Fota Island in Cork hosts an event at the beginning of July in an Irish double-header with the Tour moving to Concra Wood in County Monaghan a week later before it returns to England and Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

The end of August will see the Tour move to the north of England at Longhirst Hall in Northumberland.

The top five players at the end of the season will advance on to the Challenge Tour and will only be one stage away from playing alongside the world’s elite on the main European Tour. There is £10,000 available to the winner of each event and a number of European Tour players have begun their careers on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

Danny Nickless, operations manager for the PGA EuroPro Tour, said: “I’m delighted to announce some of the venues for 2012.

“I think it shows our commitment to providing the players with quality courses with favourites that we have visited before such as Burhill, Fota Island, Galgorm and Bovey mixed in with stunning new additions like Frilford Heath and Concra Wood which really are both top class venues.

“During the next one to two months we will be releasing the rest of the schedule so it is ready before the first stage of Qualifying School in April.

“We have some very exciting additions to go along with an already strong schedule. Anybody thinking of joining the Tour will experience some top class golf on challenging courses.”

Any players wishing to earn their places on the EuroPro Tour can attend Q School. The first round is held at the start of April at three different venues with the leading performers moving into the final stage of qualifying at Frilford Heath from April 10 to 13.

[b]2012 PGA EUROPRO TOUR SCHEDULE[/b]
April 3-4 (Tuesday and Wednesday) – First stage qualifying. Stoke-by-Nayland in Essex, Mottram Hall in Cheshire and Players Club in Bristol. (Practice day – April 2)

April 10-13 (Tuesday to Friday) – Final stage qualifying. Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire. (Practice day – April 9)

[b]EVENT 1 – April 25 to 27[/b] (Wednesday to Friday) – Wensum Valley, Norfolk.(Practice day – April 23, Pro-Am – April 24).

[b]EVENT 2 – May 23 to 25[/b] (Tuesday to Thursday) – Bovey Castle, Devon. (Practice day – May 21, Pro-Am – May 22).

[b]EVENT 3 – May 30 to June 1[/b] (Wednesday to Friday) – Galgorm Castle, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. (Practice day – May 28, Pro-Am – May 29).

[b]EVENT 4 – June 8 to 10[/b] (Friday to Sunday) – Burhill, Surrey. (Practice day – June 6, Pro-Am – TBC).

[b]EVENT 5 – July 4 to 6[/b] (Wednesday to Friday) – Fota Island, Cork, Ireland. (Practice day – TBA, Pro-Am – July 2, 3)

[b]EVENT 6 – July 11 to 13[/b] (Wednesday to Friday) – Concra Wood, County Monaghan, Ireland. (Practice day – TBA, Pro-Am – TBC).

[b]EVENT 7 – July 18 to 20[/b] (Wednesday to Friday) – Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire. (Practice day – July 16, Pro-Am – July 17).

EVENT 8 – July 25 to 27 (Wednesday to Friday) – Venue TBA.

Event 9 – Scheduled to be from August 8 to 10. Venue TBC.

Event 10 – Scheduled to be from August 15 to 17. Venue TBC.

EVENT 11 – August 22 to 24 (Wednesday to Friday) – Venue TBA.

[b]EVENT 12 – August 30 to September 1[/b] (Thursday to Saturday) – Longhirst Hall, Northumberland. (Practice day – August 28, Pro-Am – August 29).

Event 13 – Scheduled to be from September 5 to 7. Venue TBC.

Tour Championships – Details to be announced.

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