A field of 156 will compete for the £10,000 top prize and to earn an early advantage on the all-important Order of Merit, from which the top five graduate to the Challenge Tour at the end of the season.
Tee Times: Round One* | Round Two
*Tee times for Round One have been revised following a half hour frost delay at The Belfry. The first groups will now tee off at 8am. Afternoon tee times are unaffected.
Among the field will be Bradley Dredge, twice a winner on the European Tour, and former Ryder Cup players Paul Broadhurst and Peter Baker.
Spectators are welcome to come and watch some of Europe’s best young golf pros compete on the UK’s leading golf tour, with entry free of charge. Thursday’s final round will be filmed for a two-hour highlights programme to be broadcast on Sky Sports during the week starting April 28.
Daniel Godding, the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Director of Operations said: “It is fantastic to be starting our season on such a prestigious course, steeped in golfing history.
“The quality of golf played on the tour is superb, and is why so many golfers graduate and go on to achieve success on the European Tour.”
The PGA EuroPro Tour is Europe’s leading development tour, and the European Tour’s satellite in the UK and Ireland.
Offering direct access to the Challenge Tour through the final Order of Merit, PGA EuroPro Tour players will compete for over £700,000 of prize money in 2014, with the top five golfers at the end of the season awarded a category on the 2015 Challenge Tour.
Providing vital experience of life on tour, players will compete in 16 main events at some of the UK and Ireland’s premier golfing venues, including The Belfry (Brabazon Ryder Cup Course), Prince’s, The Oxfordshire and The Carrick on Loch Lomond.
The PGA EuroPro Tour provides Europe’s best up-and-coming golfers the chance to gain necessary experience of life on tour, and in particular in front of the TV cameras.
The Matchroom Championship begins on Tuesday, April 15 and concludes on Thursday, April 17.