Former European Stars to Compete at Goodwood
Goodwood is to join a list of England’s most famous golf courses and play host to an array of distinguished golf professionals in an exciting newly-formed tournament circuit.
It is called the TP Tour Series and involves 30 one-day events across the country and is now in its second season having already attracted players from the European Tour as well as a growing number of golf fans who value the chance to watch these top class campaigners in action.
The prestigious venues have been selected personally by former European Order of Merit winner Ronan Rafferty who also played in the 1989 Ryder Cup match against the American professionals and holds the position of Tour Ambassador to the TP Tour Series.
The Northern Ireland tournament star explained the selection process for the venues: “We are introducing traditional golf courses to the pros and many existing tour players are lapping up the opportunity.
“Players like Paul Broadhurst who competed in the 1991 Ryder Cup match are finding out that these one-day tournaments are ideal in between their schedules as they are playing wonderful courses in strict tournament conditions and for a decent prize fund.”
Moreover the ultimate bonus for competitors is that the top three finishers to the TP Tour Series Order of Merit will receive paid entry into the European Tour Qualifying School. The circuit is already proving immensely popular among 100 seasoned campaigners and aspiring newcomers who have signed up for what is acknowledged to be the UK’s best and fastest growing golf tour.
The aim of the TP Tour Series is to offer existing European Tour players additional competition to sharpen their game as well as providing young aspiring pros a start in their competitive careers. It is a concept that has already been supported by Gary Evans who narrowly missed a playoff for the 2002 Open Championship title at Muirfield as well as Iain Pyman the most successful player on the Challenge Tour.
The selection of elite courses for the 2012 TP Tour Series includes several European Tour locations such as Woburn, Walton Heath, Wentworth and well as Royal St Georges, the historic venue for numerous Open Championships as well as many others.
The Series moves to Goodwood as part of a 36-hole event with Hayling Island on May 2nd and the general appraisal suggests that Goodwood is a superb challenge for the players and the TPT our looks forward eagerly to the visit.
The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex is acknowledged to be among the UK’s premier sporting Estates with a global reputation, famed for its horse racing, motor sports, flying, two quality golf courses (one ranked in the top 100) as well as a four star hotel.
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