Tommy Fleetwood Returns
to Formby Hall
SOUTHPORT and Sefton’s growing worldwide
reputation as England’s golfing capital has been given another boost
with the news that Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa has secured a PGA
EuroPro Tour slot for a 3rd successive year.
Formby Hall, home of the UK’s only PGA residential golf academy is
to host the PGA EuroPro Tour this August (2011).
Since opening in 2006 the golf resort and spa has been the stage for
the Challenge Tour, European Seniors Tour and will be hosting the
world’s leading development tour for the 3rd time this August
The EuroPro Tour, which allows young golfers to take their first
step on the professional golf ladder, returns to Formby Hall from 1
August to 5 August 2011.
Last year, the 54 hole tournament attracted hundreds of visitors
over four days, with more than 25 teams competing in the
pre-Tournament Pro-Am event.
Tim Cowell, marketing manager at Formby Hall Golf
Resort & Spa, said:- "We’re delighted to be extending our
association with the PGA EuroPro Tour. Last year was a great success
in terms of quality of golf played, the crowd attracted and the
awareness raised. This year we hope to build on the success and
continue to establish Formby Hall as a great tournament venue."
Danny Nickless, Operations Manager for the PGA
EuroPro Tour, echoed Cowell’s comments:- "It’s great to be
taking the Tour back to Formby Hall. With its abundance of lakes and
water features it provides a very stern test for players and was one
of the favourite courses of the 2010 Tour."
Golf Manager, Mark Williams added:- The course is yet again in great
condition and will provide a true golfing test for the
"competitors. Ahead of the event players will be able to prepare in
style and make the most of our academy practice facilities We are
also delighted to have Tommy Fleetwood playing in this year’s event.
It will be a treat for our members and other local golfers to come
and watch Tommy in action as a professional following his successful
amateur career, as a club we follow Tommy’s progress closely on the
Challenge and European Tours and wish him well during the
tournament." added Williams.
The quality of the facilities at Formby Hall has also
recently been acknowledged by the English Golf Union who have
awarded Formby Hall the prestigious title of:- "Golf England
Regional Performance Centre." Williams explained:-
"The EGU and EWGA have been utilising our driving range, short game
area, teaching room and golf courses for some time now for their
elite players. We were thrilled when they presented us with this
accolade and it sits well alongside our PGA Academy status." It
seems a natural progression for the resort to receive this
recognition and is true testimony to the dedication and hard work of
the Golf Team and to the directors of Formby Hall who had the vision
to create this facility. The return of this prestigious
event further adds to the regions considerable reputation for
hosting top events. The British Amateur, the greatest amateur event
in the world, took place at Hillside earlier this year to mark the
The Ladies Golf
Union and IMG Confirms The Royal Birkdale Golf Club as the Venue for
the 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open
THE Royal Birkdale Golf Club will host the
Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, continuing the Championship
Committee’s commitment to ensure that the World’s best women players
showcase their talents on the World’s best golf courses in years to
The Royal Birkdale Golf Club will host its 6th
Women’s British Open when the Championship is staged there in 2014,
continuing a strong association with the event that goes back to
1982 when Marta Figueras-Dotti took home the coveted title. The
Championship returned in 1986 when England’s Laura Davies triumphed.
Sophie Gustafson won in 2000 and five years later Korea’s Jeong Jang
claimed her first professional victory by defeating Gustafson and
another Korean, Young Kim, by four shots on 16 under par 272. In
2010 Yani Tseng, Number One on the Rolex Rankings, came out on top.
This celebrated club has a rich heritage in hosting
the most important golf tournaments in the world and, in addition to
5 Women’s British Opens, has also welcomed 2 Ryder Cups in 1965
and 1969 and nine Open championships, the last won by the popular
Irishman, Padraig Harrington in 2008.
As the only women’s Major currently played outside
the USA, the Championship Committee has demonstrated its commitment
to ensuring that the Ricoh Women’s British Open visits only world
class championship courses and this celebrated venue fits the brief
to a tee.
Yani Tseng recently added the Wegmans LPGA
Championship to her haul of four Major titles and, at the age of 22
years 5 months 3 days, is the youngest player ever- male or female –
since Young Tom Morris in 1872 to amass four Majors. She expressed
delight at the news that the Championship would be returning to
Royal Birkdale:- "Of course I am a little biased, but I think
Royal Birkdale is an unbelievable course and I feel so proud to have
won there. It has hosted so many great Championships and I look
forward to returning there in 2014 where I hope I will win again."
Michael Hadden, Captain of Royal Birkdale Golf
Club added:- "We are very much looking forward to the return
of the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014. The positive feedback
from our members and the spectators after last year’s Championship
was universal and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best
women back in 2014 to show us how it is done."
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