Longhirst Hall Golf Club is preparing for the Sweetspot Classic, the penultimate main-season event on the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour, which gets underway on Thursday.
After 12 events the Tour has seen 12 different winners, making the race to finish in the top five on the Order of Merit – and in doing so earn a card for next seasonâ€™s Challenge Tour – closer than ever.
Longhirst has traditionally provided one of the toughest tests of the season. In 2010 Stuart Archibald won a three-way play-off over Matt Allen and Daniel Guant after they completed their 54 holes level par, while last year also saw a play-off with Graeme Clark beating James Busby after both finished three under par. Clark and Busby went on to finish second and third on the Order of Merit.
The Sweetspot Classic will take place on Longhirstâ€™s par-70 Lakes Course, which is a true test of accuracy with tight fairways and an abundance of water making it a test for even the best golfers.
Sweetspot, who provide nutritious, energy-boosting products developed specifically for golfers, helping players maintain focus and stamina while battling fatigue throughout their round, were recently announced as the tournamentâ€™s title sponsor and Managing Director Rob Mullen said: â€œWe are excited to join forces with the PGA EuroPro Tour at Longhirst Hall and to support emerging British stars of the future.
â€œGolf is changing; it is moving towards becoming an athletic sport, borne out by its inclusion in the 2016 Olympics. It is about more than just mastering core performance movements and having the right equipment and we at Sweetspot believe that nutrition is key.â€
Danny Nickless, Operations Manager for the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour said: â€œLonghirst has seen some very close competitions in recent years and we hope to see the same again this year. The course provides a tough test for the players and we are pleased to be able to return there this year.â€
The Sweetspot Classic is a 54-hole strokeplay event. A field of 168 players will play 18 holes on both Thursday August 30 and Friday, August 31. There will then be a cut to the leading 50 players and ties who will play a final 18 holes on Saturday, September 1.
Spectator entry will free throughout the event and live scoring will be available on this website.