THE PGA EuroPro Tour season will kick off in earnest on Wednesday with the first tournament of the year, The PartyPoker.com Classic at Wensum Valley.
A field of 156 players from around the world will descend on Norwich for the event, which carries a £45,000 prize fund and a cheque of £12,000 for the winner.
The first group, including Andrew Rossington, Tim Butler and Chris Stanley, will tee off the new season at 6.30am on Wednesday morning.
Inder Van Weerelt and Michael Welch, the top two ranked players from the 2004 PGA EuroPro Tour playing in this event, are joined by European Tour member Andrew Marshall – on a rare appearance in his home town – in setting out at 12.30pm.Six Dutchmen are among an international field, along with Australian Nick Dastey, New Zealanders Alex Tait and Clarke Osborne and South African Gerlou Roux. Exciting teenager Luke Goddard – an amateur who played at the Sky Sports Qualifying School and is a sponsors invitation to this event – will play alongside Matthew Woods, who won Stage Two of last year’s European Tour Qualifying School.
“This is an exciting time for all the players and officials involved in the PGA EuroPro Tour,” said PGA EuroPro Tour Chief Executive Eddie Hearn.
“The first event of every new season is a special one, and with the extended prize fund there is even more to play for.
“It will also be the first big test of the year for these ambitious young golfers as they look to earn the same success as players like Simon Lilly and Lee Slattery.”