Tour ready for Scottish Classic

Tour ready for Scottish Classic

August 6th, 2012

The PGA EuroPro Tour is making the short trip from Ayrshire to Renfrewshire this week for the Scottish Classic, which gets underway on Wednesday (August 8).

Following the climax of the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Rowallan Castle last week, which saw Stuart Manley shoot a three-under-par final-round 68 to win the event by one shot to Michael McGeady and Oliver Farr, the Tour is heading 30 miles north to Mar Hall for the 11th of 14 main-season events this summer.

Welshman Manley now leads the Order of Merit by just under £9,000 but with only the top 60 making it to Tour Championships at the end of the season, every golfer has it all to play for in the hunt for a 2013 Challenge Tour card.

The Earl of Mar Golf Course, at Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort near Glasgow, boasts spectacular views of the River Clyde and the Kilpatrick Hills and was designed by respected golf course architect Dave Thomas, who is best known for his work at The Belfry, as well as at San Roque and La Manga in Spain.

Jamie Darling, PGA Professional and Golf Operations Manager at Mar Hall said: “We are delighted to be hosting The Scottish Classic event on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

“The course is in absolutely fantastic condition. The greenkeepers have been preparing really well for the event and the course is in great shape. It is only two years old but you would think it has been around for 20 years because it has matured so well.

“The tour is a great platform for up and coming professionals to gain great experience and we have been very impressed with the tour and their vision and are thrilled to be a venue.

Danny Nickless, Operations Manager for the PGA EuroPro Tour said: “We are delighted to be heading to Mar Hall for the first time and we look forward to arriving at this stunning new course which will provide a stern challenge for the golfers.”

The 54-hole strokeplay event gets underway on Wednesday, August 8 with all golfers playing 18 holes on both Wednesday and Thursday before a cut to the top 50 players plus ties is made ahead of a final 18 holes on Friday, August 10. Entry to the venue is free throughout the event.

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