PGAs of EuropeEvents News – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:33:03 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Annual Congress & International Team Championship Heading to Greece’s Costa Navarino http://www.pgae.com/news/annual-congress-international-team-championship-heading-to-greeces-costa-navarino/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:41 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20342 Costa Navarino in Greece will play host to the 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) from 22-25 November...]]>

Costa Navarino in Greece will play host to the 2017 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) for the first time as the events take place from 22-25 November.

The hosting of the Association’s flagship event continues the successful relationship between the PGAs of Europe and the prime sustainable destination in the Mediterranean that currently includes sanctioning of their Messinia Pro-Am and regularly hosting the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am.

“We are extremely excited to be able to take two of our key events to Costa Navarino and bring them fully into our Corporate Partner family,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“We have been visiting them since their formation and it is a stunning venue with two first class golf courses. Costa Navarino has quickly become established as one of Europe’s, if not the world’s, leading golf destinations. We are proud to be showcasing this superb destination and its facilities to leaders of our National PGAs and the competitors who have qualified to represent their PGAs in the ITC.”

“We are honoured that Costa Navarino has been chosen to host the PGAs of Europe’s flagship event and we look forward to welcoming the Association in the region of Messinia,” said Stephanos Theodorides, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of TEMES S.A. – Developers of Costa Navarino.

“A combination of perfect weather year-round, two award-winning golf courses by the sea, high-quality facilities and authentic experiences, Costa Navarino, chosen by IAGTO as “European Golf Resort of the Year 2017”, is fast becoming a leading golf destination to enjoy in every season.”

The Annual Congress is the Association’s yearly opportunity to bring representatives from its 35 Member Country PGAs together under one roof, facilitating meetings, discussions and workshops to share ideas, progress and various ways they can advance their organisations and golf in their respective territories.

The ITC then runs alongside the Congress in which teams from across the Association’s Member Countries compete over 72 holes on The Dunes Course, designed by Bernhard Langer. The best two individual scores each day from the team of three will count towards the overall team score, and a secondary event sees small and emerging Member PGAs compete for the ITC Shield.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will act as the base for both events, concluding with the Gala Awards Dinner supported by Rolex, bringing Congress delegates and ITC competitors together in celebration of the annual award winners and the ITC Champions.

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The Annual Congress & ITC are partnered by Costa Navarino, the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, BMW and Aegean Airlines, and are supported by The Botanist, The Blue Beetle, Bulldog, G’Vine gins, Marendry apperitivo, and Fever-Tree Premium Natural Mixers.

For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017AnnualCongress), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AnnualCongress’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the 2017 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017ITC).

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Annual Congress & International Team Championship Heading to Greece’s Costa Navarino
Dominant Performance Earns Cort The Invitational Pro-Am Title http://www.pgae.com/news/dominant-performance-earns-cort-the-invitational-pro-am-title/ Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20418 The PGA of GB&I's Matthew Cort completed a leading performance at Quinta do Lago, with a -10 total to take The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 honours.]]>

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Matthew Cort completed a leading performance at Quinta do Lago in Portugal, with a -10 total to take The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 honours. 

Cort held the lead in all three rounds of the event and closed with another two-under par 70 on the South Course at Quinta do Lago finishing two shots ahead of second place at -10 (206).

 

“I am thrilled to win…we’ve played three great courses this week and we’ve been so well looked after,” said the member of the victorious PGA of GB&I PGA Cup team. “I’ve been busy playing throughout the summer and the PGA Cup was unbelievable…I was settling down for a bit of a winter break, but coming out here and keeping the game together was good, so I’m really pleased to win this week.”

Rising seven places up the leaderboard into second position was the PGA of France’s Julien Gressier after a four-under 68 consisting of seven birdies and three bogeys for his eight-under total (208).

Just one shot back was PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, who closed his consistent week with a level par 72 and a total of seven-under (209) for sole third place.

The Team Pro-Am was won by the PGA of Italy’s Emanuele Canonica and his partner, Allegra Mangifesta. A closing 59 (-13), the low round of the day, gave Canonica and Mangifesta a significant boost to -35 (181), five shots ahead of second place.

Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and Dale Brennan had led overnight and were able to make a final 66 (-6). Whilst it wasn’t enough to catch the ultimate winners, they were able to finish on a hugely respectable -30 (186).

Third position went to the pairs of PGA of Spain Professional, Peter Gustafsson, and Gordana Solak, and former Walker Cup player, Owen Edwards, and Paul Faithfull both with 193 points (-23).

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Invitational

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Dominant Performance Earns Cort The Invitational Pro-Am Title
De Filippi & Cort Command Leaderboard at Quinta do Lago http://www.pgae.com/news/de-filippi-cort-command-leaderboard-at-quinta-do-lago/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:58:24 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20403 Italy's Giorgio De Filippi and GB&I's Matt Cort share the lead at The Invitational Pro-Am heading into the final round...]]>

Giorgio De Filippi, and PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Matt Cort, share the Round 02 lead at Eligo Club’s ‘The Invitational Pro-Am 2017’ at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

Whilst De Filippi’s second round might not have had the fireworks of his first 18 holes, it was another show of great play as the Italian picked up five birdies in his opening 12 holes. Two bogeys coming back home meant the round was not enough to claim the sole lead, but a three-under par 69 for a n eight under (136) total gives him every chance at victory in the final round.

Overnight leader, Cort, also carded two bogeys, however his fast start of three birdies in the first four holes, followed by another at the par-5 15th allowed him to return a two-under 70 and keep his share of the lead.

PGA of GB&I Professional, Garry Gilligan, 2014 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Paul McGinley, and PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, have a share of third place after their respective rounds of 67, 68 and 70 see them just one shot off the lead at seven-under par (137).

Round 01 Team leaders, Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and Dale Brennan, continued their top form with a betterball 59 (-13) for a total of -24 (120) and a two shot lead over the chasing field.

However the low Team Pro-Am round of the day came from the PGA of Italy’s Emanuele Canonica and his partner, Allegra Mangifesta, with a -15 57 that saw them climb six places to -22 (122).

Colm Moriarty (PGA of GB&I) and Daphne Fagan were also able to break the 60-barrier with a combined 59 for outright third place at -20 (124).

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Invitational

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De Filippi & Cort Command Leaderboard at Quinta do Lago
Cort Off to Strong Start at The Invitational Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/cort-off-to-strong-start-at-the-invitational-pro-am/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:19:55 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20372 England’s Matt Cort had the ideal start in Round 01 of The Invitational Pro-Am 2017...]]>

England’s Matt Cort (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) had the ideal start in Round 01 of The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 in Portugal with an opening six-under par 66.

Starting out on the North Course at the renowned Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve, Cort made steady headway with three birdies out and three birdies in for the low round of the day.

PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, and PGA of Italy Professional, Giorgio de Filippi, both sit just one shot back after both using eagles to their advantage for their five-under par 67s. Henry eagled the par 5 11th hole, whilst de Filippi also eagled the 11th along with the seventh as well.

Mark Mouland (European Seniors Tour) and Stephen McAllister (PGA of GB&I) sit in tie-fourth on four-under, whilst 2014 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Paul McGinley, and England’s Sam Little share sixth place on three-under.

Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and amateur partner, Dale Brennan, have the team lead after an excellent 11-under par 61

John Henry’s solid play, combined with his partner, Robert Christie, earned a share of second in the team event with Challenge Tour Professional Ben Stow and his partner Michael Johnson, each on nine-under par (63).

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Invitational

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Cort Off to Strong Start at The Invitational Pro-Am
2018 World Club Pro-Am Invites Global Teams to South Africa http://www.pgae.com/news/2018-world-club-pro-am-invites-global-teams-to-south-africa/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:46:53 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20030 The PGAs of Europe-sanctioned 5th World Club Pro-Am, supported by the PGA of South Africa, will take place from the 24th Feb to 3rd Mar 2018 in South Africa...]]>

The PGAs of Europe-sanctioned 5th World Club Pro-Am, supported by the PGA of South Africa, will take place from the 24th February to 3rd March 2018, taking in some of the best courses South Africa has to offer.

Teams of one PGA Professional and three amateur golfers will battle it out over 90 holes of golf across four championship courses, with the top 60 Professionals playing for a prize fund of $120,000 or a minimum appearance fee of US$ 1,000, whilst amateurs will compete for $50,000 in amateur prizes, plus two luxury car Hole-in-One’s for both the first amateur and first Professional to hit the perfect shot on a designated hole.

Teams will play five rounds of competitive golf at Royal Durban Golf Club, Zimbali Country Club, Cotswold Downs Golf Estate and Umhlali Country Club.

 

On the fifth and final day, the Professionals will play round five of their championship individual event and their score will also be added to the first four days of the team event to calculate the final score. Amateurs can either partake in an individual Cup Championship on the last day or support their PGA Professional in the final round.

The 2017 Pro-Am was won by PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Garry Houston, who pulled six points clear of the field in his final round to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa and sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe.

Pro-Am entry includes a full golfing package of seven nights accommodation sharing and five days of golf, along with:

  • 7 nights, 4 star accommodation
  • 90 holes of golf across 4 championship courses
  • Full personalised baggage master service for golf clubs
  • Official practice round
  • Golf carts or caddies
  • 5-Star Welcome Banquet
  • Daily transport and airport transfers
  • One Pro and one Amateur Hole-In-One prize
  • Closing gala prize-giving dinner
  • And much more…

For More Information & To Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2018WCPA

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page or visit www.worldclubproam.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#WorldClubProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

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2018 World Club Pro-Am Invites Global Teams to South Africa
Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team http://www.pgae.com/news/selection-criteria-set-for-2018-junior-ryder-cup-european-team/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:59:27 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20355 The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25...]]>

The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25.

The European Team will again comprise 12 amateur players – six boys and six girls – from any European Golf Association member country who are under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2018. In order to qualify, players cannot be members of a US college golf team as of the first day of the match.

The European Captain, Maïtena Alsuguren, has, with the assistance of the EGA and Ryder Cup Europe, identified the selection system based on an analysis of the important tournaments and championships in which the best European juniors will compete in during the lead-up to the Junior Ryder Cup team announcement on August 20, 2018.

The team will be selected by Alsuguren, who will be supported by a selection committee made up of representatives from Ryder Cup Europe and the EGA.

The Boys’ Amateur Champion and the Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion, if both eligible, will be automatically selected. The captain and the selection committee will take particular note of performances in the following events:

Boys:

  • The Amateur championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links, Scotland, 18 – 23 Jun
  • European Amateur Championship, Royal Hague Golf & Country Club, Netherlands, 27 – 30 Jun
  • European Boys’ Team Championship, Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Amateur Team Championship, Faldo Course Berlin in A-ROSA Sharmützelsee, Germany, 10 – 14 Jul
  • The Boys’ Amateur (champion gains automatic selection), Royal Portrush and Portstewart, Wales, 14 – 19 Aug

Girls:

  • Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Hillside, Southport, England, 26 – 30 Jun
  • European Girls’ Team Championship, Forsgårdens Golfklubb, Sweden, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship, Golf Club Murhof, Austria, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Championship, Penati Golf Resort – Heritage Course, Slovakia, 25 – 28 Jul
  • Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship (champion gains automatic selection), Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland, 14 – 18 Aug

In addition, the captain and the selection committee will analyse the results of the best boys and girls ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings (WWAGR).

Selectors will also look at strong performances in national open-level and WAGR/WWAGR Elite, A and B events.

Alsuguren said: “It’s a real honour to captain Europe once again at the Junior Ryder Cup. Now that the qualifying events have been finalised, I am starting to get excited about seeing the team take shape next year.

“The standard of both male and female junior golfers is very high in Europe, and although we may not have a strong recent record, I’m certain that the team we will take to Paris next September will be of the highest quality.”

America has won the last five editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, with Europe’s last victory coming in Ohio, in 2004. The 2006 contest was tied.

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be the tenth staging of the event, which has seen some of the world’s greatest players pass through its ranks. Reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match, and, four years later, was a member of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in Brookline.

Two-time Major winner, Suzann Pettersen, took part in both the 1997 and 1999 editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, while four-time Major champion, Rory McIlroy, formed part of the victorious European side of 2004.

Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Lexi Thompson are some of the global stars who have represented the US team.

Next year’s contest will be held at Disneyland Paris® for the first time and entry will be free for all attending.

For more information on the Junior Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team
Fourball Championship & Costa Daurada International Pro-Am Form Golf Festival http://www.pgae.com/news/fourball-championship-costa-daurada-international-pro-am-form-golf-festival/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:48:10 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19957 Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club will play host to the 2018 Costa Daurada International Pro-Am and the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship in February...]]>

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club will play host to the 2018 Costa Daurada International Pro-Am and the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship in February next year, creating the Costa Daurada Golf Festival.

From 08 to 11 February, the renowned Spanish club will host the Costa Daurada International Pro-Am with teams of one Professional and three amateurs competing over three rounds, together with a guaranteed prize fund of €20,000 for Professionals.

Directly after, from 12 to 15 February, the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship Presented by Costa Daurada will see up to 120 pairs of PGA Professionals battle it out across the club’s Hills and Lakes courses in what has become one of the largest Professional tournaments in the world.

Professionals are invited to enter both events* that have joined forces for the second year in a row as the Costa Daurada Golf Festival, celebrating the ongoing successful partnership that Lumine, the PGAs of Europe and the local tourism agencies of the Costa Daurada have forged.

“Having these events together for a second consecutive year really adds strength to them both and proved to be a popular way of showcasing what Lumine has to offer,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“Hosting one of our Championships alongside a Sanctioned Event offers something for every type of player to head to Lumine and enjoy competitive golf and their fantastic facilities. We are looking forward to heading back there in February for another exciting few weeks!”

General Manager of Lumine, Calle Carlsson, commented: “We are delighted to have partnered once again with the PGAs of Europe for what promises to be two exciting events to help kick-start 2018 at Lumine. These tournaments are always fiercely competitive and of a high standard by the very nature of the professionals we have playing here. The Festival provides a great way for us to showcase both our superb golf courses and strengthen Lumine’s reputation as a host of top-level tournament golf.”

The PGA of Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli won the 2017 edition of the International Pro-Am after taming the windy conditions at Lumine to complete a wire-to-wire finish; his first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event win.

Gagli had used his momentum gathered from the 2017 Fourball Championship where he had finished tied-third with Emanuele Canonica, not far behind eventual winners from the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, Paul Hendriksen and James Ruth, who closed with an outstanding seven-under round of 64 to take home the €6,150 first prize.

For More information Visit http://eur.pe/2018CostaDaurada
For More information Visit http://eur.pe/2018Fourball

For more information about the PGAs of Europe, visit www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

With thanks to LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club (www.lumine.com), Costa Daurada (www.costadaurada.info), Cambrils (http://www.Cambrils-Tourism.com), La Pineda Platja (www.lapinedaplatja.info), Salou (www.visitsalou.eu), and Tryp Port Cambrils (http://eur.pe/2hAHhxs).

*Please note the Fourball Championship and Costa Daurada International Pro-Am are separate events – entry to one does not constitute entry to the other.

 

2018 Costa Daurada Golf Festival - Find out more at http://eur.pe/2018CostaDaurada and http://eur.pe/2018Fourball

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Fourball Championship & Costa Daurada International Pro-Am Form Golf Festival
2nd Messinia Pro-Am Joins 2018 Sanctioned Event Lineup http://www.pgae.com/news/2nd-messinia-pro-am-joins-2018-sanctioned-event-lineup/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:28:25 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19938 The prime sustainable golf destination in the Mediterranean, Costa Navarino in Greece, will once again host the Messinia Pro-Am from 21 - 24 February 2018...]]>

The prime sustainable golf destination in the Mediterranean, Costa Navarino in Greece, will once again host the Messinia Pro-Am from 21 – 24 February 2018.

The international Pro-Am event proved to be hugely popular after its first edition in 2017, providing an excellent opportunity to showcase what Costa Navarino and the surrounding Messinia region have to offer, whilst helping to contribute to the development and awareness of golf and golf tourism in Greece.

PGA Professionals will battle it out for a prize fund of €50,000* in the official PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event that falls under the auspices of the PGA of Greece, and the Hellenic Golf Federation and is supported by Aegean Airlines.

Teams of three amateurs and one PGA Professional will compete across three rounds on The Dunes Course and The Bay Course at Costa Navarino, enjoying the mild climate of the region and the unspoilt Mediterranean landscape surrounded by centuries old olive groves and rolling hills overlooking the Ionian Sea.

There is no Pro-Am package fee for each participating professional bringing a team of three amateurs, including complimentary flights with Aegean Airlines and accommodation at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino.

Amateur packages start at €1,575, with four, five and seven night options available, and include:

  • Accommodation in the The Westin Resort Costa Navarino
  • Welcome Reception, Social Event Gala dinner & Prize giving Ceremony
  • 3 tournament rounds & 2 practice rounds
  • Buggies for all rounds
  • On-course refreshments and snacks for 3 tournament rounds
  • Exclusive welcome gift package
  • Tournament fee contribution for Professional Prize Fund of 50.000€*
  • Golf Swing Video Analysis with Movement Analysis Software
  • Sports Injury Prevention & Performance Program
  • And much more…

For More Information & to Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2018Messinia

For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2018Messinia) and messiniaproam.costanavarino.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#MessiniaProAm’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about Costa Navarino at www.costanavarino.com.

*Based on 50 teams competing

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2nd Messinia Pro-Am Joins 2018 Sanctioned Event Lineup
Lynn Lands 21st Beko Classic Pro-Am Title http://www.pgae.com/news/lynn-lands-21st-beko-classic-pro-am-title/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:25:38 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19885 England’s David Lynn carded a three-under par 70 at National Golf Club in Turkey to take the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am honours...]]>

England’s David Lynn carded a three-under par 70 at National Golf Club in Turkey to take the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am honours.

The former European Tour Professional and 2013 Portugal Masters winner was able to move up from second after five birdies and two bogeys gave a six-under par total (213), seeing him claim the $10,000 winner’s cheque and his first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event title.

 

“I came out here with zero expectations having retired from tournament golf,” said Lynn. “My practice round was awful, but I managed to shoot a good score in Round 01 and continued from there so I’m delighted.

“I started a bit poorly today but then managed to string some birdies together, including on the last which I didn’t know at the time was to pip it by one. I’ve had some super teams…and out here you meet some great people, and that’s why we’re out here, having fun with it all.”

Fellow Englishman and PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, Andrew Marshall, also shot a 70 but was just one shot short of the target finishing at five-under par (214) for the week.

Overnight leader, Georg Schultes (PGA of Austria), could not capitalise on his lead but still shot a steady level-par 73 for third place at four-under (215).

Team Opet 2 [pictured above] were able to convert their lead to win the Team Pro-Am event with 260 points (-44). Amateurs Oya DagliArzu Narin and Nurten Ozturk partnered 2011 Open Champion and 2016 Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain, Darren Clarke, for their final round 87 points, and were also aided in their victorious run by the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Garry Houston and PGA of Sweden Professional, Joakim Rask.

Opet 3 were in the chase all week and managed to match Opet 2’s 87 points, however it was not enough to catch the lead, giving them a 257-point (41) total, whilst Otokar 1 and Opet 4 finished in a tie for third place with 251 points (-35) a piece.

For Full Final Scores Visit: http://eur.pe/2017Beko

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To find out more about Beko visit www.Beko.com.

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Lynn Lands 21st Beko Classic Pro-Am Title
Schultes Sets Up Final Beko Classic Showdown http://www.pgae.com/news/schultes-sets-up-final-beko-classic-showdown/ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:16:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19874 PGA of Austria and PGA Tour China Professional, Georg Schultes, is in pole position heading into the final round of the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am...]]>

PGA of Austria and PGA Tour China Professional, Georg Schultes, put himself in pole position heading into the final round of the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am, after a solid 72 gave him a single-shot lead.

Two birdies and one bogey were all Schultes needed to card his one-under par gross score for a four-under total (142), advancing himself into first ahead of Englishman David Lynn, who played it steady with a level-par 73 made up of two birdies and two bogeys to sit at three under (143).

 

Andrew Marshall, moved up to third at two-under par (144) after a 72, closely followed by fellow Englishman, Jamie Elson, and PGA of Sweden Professional, Bjorn Pettersson, both on one under (145).

In the Team Pro-Am event Opet 2 of PGA of Sweden Professional, Joakim Rask, and amateurs, Oya Dagli, Arzu Narin and Nurten Ozturk, rose five places up the leaderboard after an excellent 93 points took them to a total of 173 points (-29).

Team Opet 3 sit three points back in second after another solid round of 86 points for a 170-point total (-26), whilst Otokar 1 advanced 10 places with 90 points to close a further three points back at 167 (-23).

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit: http://eur.pe/2017Beko

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To find out more about Beko visit www.Beko.com.

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Schultes Sets Up Final Beko Classic Showdown
Rask Rides to Top of Beko Classic Leaderboard http://www.pgae.com/news/rask-rides-to-top-of-beko-classic-leaderboard/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:15:57 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19859 The PGA of Sweden’s Joakim Rask has taken an early lead after Round 01 of the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am...]]>

The PGA of Sweden’s Joakim Rask has taken an early lead after Round 01 of the 2017 Beko Classic Pro-Am at National Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.

The Swede opened with two birdies in his stunning five-under par round of 68, with a further three birdies in nine holes followed by seven regulation pars.

Just two shots behind are the European Tour’s David Lynn and PGA of Austria’s Georg Schultes, each carding three-under par 70s. Lynn managed three birdies and the rest pars, whilst Schultes made five birdies, but failed to capitalise on the par-fives with two bogeys on holes four and 15.

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s Sion Bebb and PGA EuroPro Tour Member, Andrew Marshall, sit at fourth (-2, 71) and fifth (-1, 72) place respectively very much in the mix.

Team Opet 3 of Bora Arici, Mehmet Kazan, and Ismail Erdogan joined by PGA of Sweden Professional, Oscar Floren, for Round 01, got off to the best start in the Team Pro-Am event with a solid 84 points (-12).

Team Beko UK 1’s amateurs, Nuri Conker, Jonathan Copp and Judith Slater, and their Professional, Schultes, finished up the day only 1 point behind Opet 3 on 83 points (-11), whilst Teams Beko Turkey and Beko UK 2 are just one point further behind on 82 (-10).

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit: http://eur.pe/2017Beko

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To find out more about Beko visit www.Beko.com.

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Rask Rides to Top of Beko Classic Leaderboard
Beko Classic A Major Attraction For Campbell & Clarke http://www.pgae.com/news/beko-classic-a-major-attraction-for-campbell-clarke/ Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:21:29 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19791 Major winners, Michael Campbell and Darren Clarke, will join Professionals from 11 countries for the 21st edition of the Beko Classic Pro-Am...]]>

Major winners, Michael Campbell and Darren Clarke, will join Professionals from 11 countries for the 21st edition of the Beko Classic Pro-Am, taking place from 29th September to 1st October at National Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.

Campbell earned his Major victory at the 2005 US Open at Pinehurst finishing two shots ahead of Tiger Woods having qualified at the European Sectional event at Walton Heath, England, at the beginning of the week.

2011 Open Champion, Clarke, returns to the Pro-Am after a year’s absence in which he captained Team Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Joining Campbell and Clarke making up the 26-team field are a whole host of Professionals from across Europe with a combined 54 Major, European Tour, Challenge Tour and PGA Tour wins between them.

2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am winner, Peter Gustafsson (PGA of Spain), and 2016 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am winner, Georg Schultes (PGA of Austria), will both play for the first time.

2013 Portugal Masters and 2004 KLM Open winner, David Lynn, returns to the Beko Classic making a total of 25 European Tour wins amongst the field to go along with the combined 23 Challenge Tour, two majors, and four PGA Tour wins.

2017 World Club Pro-Am winner, Garry Houston, joins the Professional field hot off the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s historic victory in the PGA Cup against the PGA of America in which he helped secure a record 16 points for Team GB&I, the most scored against the US since the event began in 1973.

Raymond Russell (PGA of GB&I) is the only returning champion in this year’s Pro-Am and will look to replicate his 2010 victory, whilst fellow Beko Classic regular, Sion Bebb, will no doubt be trying to use his recent PGA of GB&I Welsh National PGA Championship victory as a springboard to a successful performance this year.

Bjorn Pettersson, Oscar Floren, Joakim Rask, and Jesper Kennegard make up a strong PGA of Sweden contingent. PGA of GB&I Professionals Chris Gane and Lloyd Kennedy join the field, alongside the PGA of Spain’s Álvaro Salto.

For More Information Visit: http://eur.pe/2017Beko

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017Beko), follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#BekoClassic’, and like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

To find out more about Beko visit www.Beko.com.

http://eur.pe/2017Beko

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Beko Classic A Major Attraction For Campbell & Clarke
** DATE CHANGE** – Abu Dhabi & Saadiyat Beach Golf Clubs To Host 2018 Troon Golf Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/abu-dhabi-saadiyat-beach-golf-clubs-to-host-2017-troon-golf-pro-am/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:46 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19526 The Troon Golf Abu Dhabi Pro-Am will now take place from 25th to 28th March 2018, giving competitors the chance to play on two of the region’s finest courses]]>

The Troon Golf Abu Dhabi Pro-Am will now take place from 25th to 28th March 2018, giving competitors the chance to play on two of the region’s finest courses.

The venue of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, will host the official practice round and first round of the tournament, whilst the Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club will be the setting for the second and final rounds in the four-person team event.

PGA Professionals will compete for a prize fund of up to AED 110,000, whilst also competing with their three amateur teammates in the best two from four nett Pro-Am event.

Competitors will stay at the nearby ‘The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa’ and will be treated to various event amenities and off-course events including a welcome reception and post-tournament dinner and prize presentation.

PGA Professionals’ entry is free when accompanied by a team of three amateurs and amateur entries are AED 7,500 (approx. €1740*) per amateur (Team AED 22,500 (approx. €5220*)) and include:

  • Full use of practice facilities over the 4 days including unlimited range balls
  • 1 practice round and 54 hole tournament play
  • Welcome reception
  • Tournament Welcome Pack
  • Post-round lunch after Round 01 & 02
  • Tournament dinner post-final round
  • 5 nights in The Westin Hotel Abu Dhabi inc. breakfast (based on a shared twin room)

For full details visit the PGAs of Europe Tournament Hub Page at http://eur.pe/2018TroonAbuDhabi, and for registration and further enquiries please contact Matt Waters at mwaters@sbgolfclub.ae.

For More Information and to Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2018TroonAbuDhabi

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For more information about the 2018 Troon Golf Abu Dhabi Pro-Am, visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2018TroonAbuDhabi), follow @PGAsofEurope and search #TroonAbuDhabi on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

To find out more about Abu Dhabi Golf Club visit www.adgolfclub.com, and to find out more about Saadiyat Beach Golf Club visit www.sbgolfclub.ae.

*Approximate equivalent – prices are set in AED with payments being taken in AED.

http://eur.pe/2018TroonAbuDhabi

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** DATE CHANGE** – Abu Dhabi & Saadiyat Beach Golf Clubs To Host 2018 Troon Golf Pro-Am
Miller and Millar Make Perfect Match http://www.pgae.com/news/miller-and-millar-make-perfect-match/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:15:57 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19144 The 2016 UniCredit PGA Professional Champion of Europe, Ralph Miller recieved Peter Millar apparel as part of his Championship-winning prize...]]>

2016 UniCredit PGA Professional Champion of Europe, Ralph Miller (PGA of Holland), has received his Peter Millar apparel as part of his Championship-winning prize.

PGAs of Europe Corporate Partner, Peter Millar, awarded a yearlong apparel contract to Miller furthering their support of the European game.

 

Miller managed to successfully convert his lead and dominant play at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria in October to take the Championship honours, the first prize of €10,000 and the Peter Millar contract.

2016 UniCredit PGA Professional Champion of Europe, Ralph Miller (PGA of Holland)

“After winning the Championship it was great to receive a Peter Millar apparel contract for 2017,” explained Miller. “The high quality clothing is both great looking and great fitting! I really love the clothing and I have had many compliments from members at our club. Thanks again to Peter Millar for the support and I am looking forward to a great 2017 season!”

“We’re pleased to be giving a clothing contract to the very worthy winner, Ralph,” said Managing Director Peter Millar International, Mark Hilton. “He will wear the latest Peter Millar designs from both Crown and Crown Sport collections over the coming year and we look forward to working with, and supporting, him throughout that time.”

Sign-up for the exclusive Peter Millar member offer at http://eur.pe/PGA-Peter-Millar-Offer.

For more information on Peter Millar visit www.petermillar.co.uk.

This article originally featured in International Golf Pro News. Visit the IGPN Page to find out more and subscribe for free.

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Miller and Millar Make Perfect Match
Elli Goes Three for Three at BlackSeaRama Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/elli-goes-three-for-three-at-blacksearama-pro-am/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:00:01 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19320 PGA of Italy Professional, Federico Elli, got another PGAs of Europe win under his belt at the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am title...]]>

PGA of Italy Professional, Federico Elli, got another PGAs of Europe win under his belt after three successive three-under rounds earned him the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am title in Bulgaria.

Starting the final round with a two-shot lead, Elli played yet more solid and steady golf in windy conditions for a 69 and a nine-under par (206) total.

 

“It’s been a great day – I had good ball-striking but didn’t putt well,” said Elli. “But then three birdies on the last three holes really helped me out, especially on 18 as it’s a monster hole.

“I made a swing change last year and I worked a lot and it’s starting to pay off…so I would like to thank my teacher, Andrea Corbellini, who helped me a lot.”

With the low score of the day, the PGA of France’s Julien Gressier rose up the leaderboard to finish in second place. Over his closing holes, the Frenchman went birdie-eagle-birdie for a five-under 67 and a total of 212 (-3).

The PGA of Spain’s Peter Gustafsson started the day in second but moved back to finish in third after an uncharacteristic two-over 74 gave him a total of 213 (-2).

However, Gustafsson and his team of Krasimir Balakov, Lubomir Tushev and Andon Tushev were able to convert their overnight lead in the Team Pro-Am event. A solid closing 87 points (-15) was enough for a two-point victory with 259 points (-43).

Adam Sagar (PGA of Spain) and his amateurs Konstantin Belov, Todor Chakov and Dimitar Georgiev, moved back one place into second with their 257-point total (-41).

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Blacksearama

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama) or proam.blacksearama.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#BlackSeaRama’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas visit www.BlackSeaRama.com.

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Elli Goes Three for Three at BlackSeaRama Pro-Am
Elli On Edge of Glory After Thracian Cliffs Challenge http://www.pgae.com/news/elli-on-edge-of-glory-after-thracian-cliffs-challenge/ Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:11:59 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19312 Federico Elli leads Round 02 of the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am in Bulgaria after an outstanding four-under par 68 at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort...]]>

Federico Elli (PGA of Italy) laid yet more groundwork at the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am in Bulgaria, with an outstanding four-under par 68 around the notoriously challenging Thracian Cliffs Golf & Spa Resort.

The Italian’s second round play gives him a two-shot lead at six-under par (137) for the tournament and a buffer heading into the final round at the Gary Player-designed BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas.

 

Also making a charge is Peter Gustafsson (PGA of Spain) who carded a three-under 69 for a four-under total (139) and every chance of moving into the lead.

Overnight co-leader, Ulas Karatas (PGA of Turkey), didn’t manage to keep up the pace with a one-over 73 but is still very much in the mix and one-under (142) for the tournament with his Brother, Bulent Karatas (PGA of Turkey), just one further stroke behind on even par (143).

In the teams it was Adam Sagar (PGA of Spain) and his amateurs Konstantin Belov, Todor Chakov and Dimitar Georgiev, that kept their lead with 85 points (-13) in their second round for a two-round total of 172 (-28).

Joining them in first position is Gustafsson and his amateurs, Krasimir Balakov, Lubomir Tushev and Andon Tushev, after their 87 points (-15) – the highest points score of the day – moved them two places up the leaderboard with one round to play.

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama) or proam.blacksearama.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#BlackSeaRama’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas visit www.BlackSeaRama.com.

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Elli On Edge of Glory After Thracian Cliffs Challenge
Karatas & Elli Kick Off 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/karatas-elli-kick-off-9th-blacksearama-vivacom-pro-am/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:06:37 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19292 The PGA of Italy’s Federico Elli and PGA of Turkey’s Ulas Karatas are tied at the top of the leaderboard after Round 01 of the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am]]>

The PGA of Italy’s Federico Elli and PGA of Turkey’s Ulas Karatas are tied at the top of the leaderboard after Round 01 of the 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am in Bulgaria.

The Pro-Am’s first stop was at the Ian Woosnam-designed Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort where windy conditions made for tough scoring.

 

Elli and Karatas each carded two-under par 69s around the 6,159m course to hold the lead, but are only one shot ahead of Peter Gustafsson (PGA of Spain) who is coming off a recent win at the 2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am last month.

Savas Karatas (PGA of Turkey), Henrik Engdahl (PGA of Greece) and Pangiotis Karantzias (PGA of Greece) all share fourth position after level par 71s.

The Team Pro-Am is led by Panagiotis Karantzias (PGA of Greece) and his amateurs, Nikos Krokos, Anastasios Gkotsis and Christian Werner, along with Adam Sagar (PGA of Spain) and amateurs Konstantin Belov, Todor Chakov and Dimitar Georgiev. The Teams share the lead after each scoring 87 points (-15), two points ahead of the chasing teams behind.

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama) or proam.blacksearama.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#BlackSeaRama’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas visit www.BlackSeaRama.com.

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Karatas & Elli Kick Off 9th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am
Pro-Am Belgische Kust – Pro-Am Côte Belge | PGA of Belgium http://www.pgae.com/news/pro-am-belgische-kust-pro-am-cote-belge-pga-of-belgium/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:38:09 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19154 The PGA of Belgium invites PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs to join them for the 'Pro-Am Belgische Kust - Pro-Am Côte Belge'...]]>

25-27 September 2017

Damme Golf & Country Club, Koksijde Golf ter Hille & Royal Ostend Golf Club

The PGA of Belgium invites PGA Professionals from PGAs of Europe Member Country PGAs to join them for the ‘Pro-Am Belgische Kust – Pro-Am Côte Belge’ from 25-27 September this year to compete in one of the finest corners of Belgium.

For more information and entries, please contact: Ative Golf & Thalasso at +32 2511 8570 or catherine@activegolf.be. Sales conditions can be found at www.activegolf.be.

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Pro-Am Belgische Kust – Pro-Am Côte Belge | PGA of Belgium
Algarve’s Finest On Offer for 2017 Invitational http://www.pgae.com/news/algarves-finest-on-offer-for-2017-invitational/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:36:20 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19068 Returning to Quinta do Lago for the third consecutive year, The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 will give teams the chance to play some of the best courses Portugal ha]]>

Returning to Quinta do Lago for the third consecutive year, The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 will give teams of one Professional and one amateur the chance to play some of the best courses Portugal has to offer.

From the 1st to 4th November, teams will have the opportunity to play 54 holes of betterball strokeplay over Quinta do Lago’s North, South and Laranjal Courses for The Invitational Team Championship.

Professionals will then also compete at the same time for the Individual Invitational Championship title and the €50,000 prize fund*.

The event also plays its part in the support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Anderson Foundation charities, raising money through the off-course events and activities that take place throughout the tournament week.

Entry includes a practice round on the 1st November and tournament rounds on the Laranjal, South and North Courses, with both amateurs and Professionals using buggies in all rounds, along with access to the various evening functions including the Gala Dinner Charity Auction night.

Last year’s tournament was won by Sweden’s Peter Gustafsson whose outstanding second-round, eight-under par 64 gave him enough of a lead to take home the €8,200 winner’s cheque and the 2016 title.

For More Information & to Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2017Invitational

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For more information about The Invitational Pro-Am 2017, visit the Tournament Hub Page, follow @PGAsofEurope and search ‘#TheInvitationalProAm on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

More information on The Invitational Pro-Am 2017 is available at www.TheInvitational.eu.

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Algarve’s Finest On Offer for 2017 Invitational
Gaggero Sets Sights on 4th Aegean Title http://www.pgae.com/news/gaggero-sets-sights-on-4th-aegean-title/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:06:01 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18974 Italy's Nicolo Gaggero has made a strong opening statement with a -5 66 in Round 01 of the 2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am at Costa Navarino in Greece...]]>

The PGA of Italy’s Nicolo Gaggero has made a strong opening statement after round 01 of the 2017 Aegean Airlines Pro-Am at Costa Navarino in Greece, with an opening five-under par 66.

The field of 60 Teams are negotiating their way across The Dunes and The Bay Courses, and it was the latter where Gaggero made his move with six birdies and a single bogey to hold an early one-shot lead.

 

Second place is widely spread with seven Professionals sharing a four-under par (67) total: Martin Dewhurst (PGA of GB&I), David Heinzinger (PGA of Germany), Steven Sharp (PGA of GB&I), Georg Schultes (PGA of Austria), Mike Burrows (PGA of Austria), Paolo Terrini (PGA of Italy), and Henrik Engdahl (PGA of Greece).

The first half of the two-round Team Pro-Am is led by Gaggero’s Team of Emanuel Georgoudis, Pino Peirano and Orlando Grondona; Rudy Whitfield (PGA of South Africa) and amateurs Andre Hugo, Harry Chrisofi, and James Johnston; as well as Gregory Molteni (PGA of Italy) and his amateur teammates Massimiliano Merlo, Paolo Lange and Roberto Montalbano, each on 93 points (-21).

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Aegean

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#AegeanProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

Find out more about the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and Aegean Airlines by visiting www.aegeanproam.com.

[Images courtesy of Dimitris Andritsos Photography – dimitrisandritsos.gr]
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Gaggero Sets Sights on 4th Aegean Title
PGAs of Europe Winners Descend on Wentworth http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-winners-descend-on-wentworth/ Thu, 25 May 2017 08:30:22 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18856 The 2017 BMW PGA Professional Championship at Wentworth includes a variety of PGAs of Europe Championship & Sanctioned Event winners and regulars competing...]]>

The 2017 BMW PGA Professional Championship at Wentworth Club, UK, will see 13 PGA Professionals join the field, including various PGAs of Europe Championship and Sanctioned Event winners and regulars.

One half of the 2017 Fourball Championship-winning pair, Paul Hendriksen, will make his first appearance having also won the PGA of GB&I Club Pro Championship two years ago as well as the Total Triumph Classic twice in succession in 2015 and 2016.  He also represented the PGA in England at the PGAs of Europe’s 2016 International Team Championship in Turkey finishing in third place.

2015 UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe, half of the winning pair at the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship, and 2016 La Manga Club International Pro-Am winner, Matthew Cort, returns to the BMW for the fifth time and will be hoping to advance to the weekend for the first time this week.

Three-time winner of the Beko Classic Pro-Am, most recently in 2016, Robert Coles, is no stranger to the Wentworth course having finished tied 69th back in 2013 and in 12 years ago he produced his best ever performance at the event, finishing tied 39th.

Silvermere Golf Club’s Chris Gane was the inaugural winner of the 2016 OnCourse Golf Abu Dhabi Pro Am, and most recently came second in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz International Pro-Am at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club in the UAE.

1999 Open Championship winner, Paul Lawrie, shows it’s not all tournament-based winners that feature this week having received the 2015 5 Star Professional Award from the PGAs of Europe in recognition of his contribution to the profession over a wide range of areas of expertise and activity.

Scotland’s Graham Fox has been a regular in PGAs of Europe events across the past few years including frequent appearances for his home nation in the International Team Championship, winning in 2014 and coming second in both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the tournament.

Joining Fox in the Scotland trio that were placed second in the 2016 International Team Championship was Greig Hutcheon, who made the cut comfortably in the 2016 BMW PGA Championship and was flirting with the leaders heading into the final two days of action.

Philip Archer has a great deal of experience playing in the BMW PGA and many European Tour events and has appeared in the 2013 Beko Classic Pro-Am as well as the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship.

Find Out More About the 2017 BMW PGA Championship @ EuropeanTour.com

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PGAs of Europe Winners Descend on Wentworth
BlackSeaRama Set To Host 9th Edition of Successful Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/blacksearama-set-to-host-9th-edition-of-successful-pro-am/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:48:19 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18547 From 11th to 14th July, the beautiful Black Sea east coast of Bulgaria will once again play host to the BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am...]]>

From 11th to 14th July, the beautiful Black Sea east coast of Bulgaria will once again play host to the BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am.

Four-person teams of three amateurs and a PGA Professional will descend upon BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas, and have the opportunity to play some of the most stunning golf courses in Europe. Professionals will compete over 54 holes for a prize fund of €25,000*.

The opening two rounds will be played at the Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, and the Ian Woosnam-designed Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort. The final round will then move to BlackSeaRama’s own Gary Player design, par 72, cliff-top links course.

Last year’s event was a thrilling contest and was won by PGA of Spain Professional, Carlos Rodiles. The Spaniard carded a final round 69 (-3) to finish on six-under par (209) and claim his first PGAs of Europe Sanctioned Event victory.

 

There is no fee for a PGA Professional bringing a team of three amateurs, and amateur packages begin at €970 per person:

  • 5-night accommodation and complimentary airport transfer from/to Varna Airport
  • Lavish Buffet Breakfast included every day; Coffee, tea and Water in the Villas, Limited Mini-bar
  • Individual Professional Prize Fund of 25,000 EUR (*based on 25 teams competing)
  • Opening Cocktail Reception
  • 3 tournament days green fees @ BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas, Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort and Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort (transfers included)
  • Halfway house food during all tournament rounds
  • Two Thematic Dinner Events
  • Prize giving ceremony with Gala Dinner
  • Free use of Fitness Center, Infrared and Finnish Sauna, Jacuzzi, Billiard, Table Tennis, Pools, Steam Bath and Relax zone, Wi-Fi Internet

Full package information can be found at proam.blacksearama.com/packages.

For More Information & To Enter Visit http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/2017BlackSeaRama) or proam.blacksearama.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#BlackSeaRama’, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas visit www.BlackSeaRama.com.

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BlackSeaRama Set To Host 9th Edition of Successful Pro-Am
Pinehurst Pro-Am Success For Little http://www.pgae.com/news/pinehurst-pro-am-success-for-little/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:51:05 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18471 Sam Little completed a dominant wire-to-wire success at the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am at the Pinehurst Resort...]]>

Former European Tour Member, Sam Little, completed a dominant wire-to-wire success at the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am at the Pinehurst Resort in the USA.

 

“It has been fantastic,” said Little after a final round of 73 (+1) moved him to seven-under (281), 12-shots clear of the rest of the field. “I played solid all week…and Pinehurst has been a dream venue for me to come and play.

“To play on a golf course where guys have won the US Open is a great experience and I loved every minute of it.”

There was a tie for second between the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s, Darren Bragg, and the PGA of America’s, Troy Helseth, both of whom finished on five-over (293).

“I played well for two days and played okay for the other two days,” explained Helseth. “To be able to play a Donald Ross course here was unbelievable.”

Bragg carded the best round of the day, a four-under 68, which included a remarkable hole-in-one on the par 3 17th.

“I am completely speechless,” said Bragg. “To get a hole-in-one on Pinehurst No.2, on the last day of the event is an unbelievable feeling.”

The team of Helseth and amateurs David RobinsonDennis Rosenblum and Vic Cohen, ran away with the Pro-Am Competition, finishing with 346 points (-58).

Team Cutting were a distant second on 327 points (-39), with Team Little a further three points behind.

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Pinehurst

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#GolfbreaksPinehurstProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Pinehurst Pro-Am Success For Little
Sam Little Takes Big Lead Into Final Round http://www.pgae.com/news/sam-little-takes-big-lead-into-final-round/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:49:23 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18461 Sam Little heads into the final round of the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am with a dominant nine-shot lead...]]>

Sam Little heads into the final round of the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am with a dominant nine-shot lead after a fine round of 69 (-3) on the No. 4 Course at Pinehurst Resort, USA.

The Englishman [pictured, right] was once again in scintillating form, carding five birdies on the day, and finds himself with a three-round total of 208 (-8). In second place, on one-over (217), is PGA of America Professional, Troy Helseth.

In the Pro-Am Competition, Helseth and his team have stretched their lead to 20 points, after their -15 round moves them to 265 points (-49). Team Cutting are their closest pursuers, but have it all to do as the final round moves to the iconic No.2 Course.

For Full Round 03 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Pinehurst

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#GolfbreaksPinehurstProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Sam Little Takes Big Lead Into Final Round
Little Pulls Clear at Pinehurst Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/little-pulls-clear-at-pinehurst-pro-am/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:57:59 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18455 Sam Little increased his lead to eight shots after a one-under round of 71, moving him to five-under through Round 02...]]>

Sam Little increased his lead to eight shots after a one-under round of 71, moving him to five-under through two rounds of the Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am.

The former European Tour Member held a two-shot lead overnight and was the only player to shoot under par on the No. 9 Course at Pinehurst Resort, USA. His closest pursuer, but a distant second on three-over is the PGA of America’s Troy Helseth.

However, Helseth and his team continue to lead the Pro-Am Competition on 178 points (-34) after they scored a second round of 84 points (-12). They have a 16-point cushion over Team Little going into Round 03 of the Pro-Am, which moves to the No. 4 Course.

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Pinehurst

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For more information visit the Tournament Hub Page follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search the hashtag ‘#GolfbreaksPinehurstProAm’ or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

To find out more about Golfbreaks.com visit http://www.golfbreaks.com/pga-pro.

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Little Pulls Clear at Pinehurst Pro-Am
Little Sets Pace at Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/little-sets-pace-at-golfbreaks-com-pinehurst-pro-am/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:45:02 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18444 England's Sam Little leads at Pinehurst after an opening 68...]]>

Former European Tour Member, Sam Little, got off to a fast start on his first visit to the iconic Pinehurst Resort in the USA for the first round of the 2017 Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am.

A strong four-under par 68 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed No. 9 Course saw him take the early initiative with a two-shot cushion over his nearest rival, the PGA of America’s Troy Helseth, who signed for a two-under par 70.

In the Team Pro-Am competition it was a role reversal, with Team Helseth taking the lead after a scintillating 94 points (-22). Even a double eagle by Team Little on the par five 10th, with amateur Nick Lines matching Sam’s Eagle efforts couldn’t close the gap.

The early pace setters hold an eight-point lead over Team Little going into Round 02 that will be held on the Tom Fazio-designed No. 8 course.

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017Pinehurst

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Little Sets Pace at Golfbreaks.com Pinehurst Pro-Am
Shave Completes Wire-to-Wire Success http://www.pgae.com/news/shave-completes-wire-to-wire-success/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:07:57 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18422 Craig Shave produced a dominant display to win the 2017 La Manga Club International Pro-Am in Spain by seven shots...]]>

PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Craig Shave, produced a dominant display to win the fourth edition of the La Manga Club International Pro-Am in Spain by seven shots.

“It was a tough day today – I struggled a bit,” said Shave, after his one-over final round of 74 gave him a three-round total of 210 (-7). “It was really windy and I made a double bogey down the fourth…but I’m glad to get the job done with a birdie at the last.”

 

Shave opened with an excellent six-under round of 67: “It helped me out a lot really, because I wasn’t that great over the last two days!”

Having been runner-up in the event last year, the Englishman was ultimately a solid winner this time around and hopes to use the success as a springboard going into the rest of the year:

“I’m just glad to be playing a bit better than I have been for the last few years…I’m starting to enjoy it a little bit more and hopefully I can press on and get some decent results.”

Finishing in second, with a total of 217 (E) is the PGA of Poland’s Lukasz Szadny, after he carded a one-over round of 74. The Polish Professional started the day seven shots behind Shave in a tie for second, but was unable to close the gap on the eventual winner.

A further two shots behind and completing the top three is Joost Steenkamer (PGA of Holland), who finished on two-over (219).

 

The Team Pro-Am Competition was won by Szadny and his amateurs, Waldemar Kowalczykowki, Krzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy.

“The guys are feeling great,” said Szadny, whose team finished with 257 points (-41) to complete their own beginning to end success. “We managed to score really well as a team…and we are over the moon.

“This is the third or fourth PGAs of Europe Pro-Am that we have taken part in as a team…and we will definitely be back here next year.”

The quartet finished 16 points ahead of Team Shave (241 points), who were in turn a further five points in front of the team led by the PGA of Switzerland’s Andre Bossert (236 points).

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017LaMangaClub

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Shave Completes Wire-to-Wire Success
Dominant Shave in Pole Position For Final Round http://www.pgae.com/news/dominant-shave-in-pole-position-for-final-round/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:06:33 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18409 Craig Shave (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) has a six-shot cushion going into the final round of the La Manga Club International Pro-Am...]]>

Craig Shave (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) has a six-shot cushion going into the final round of the La Manga Club International Pro-Am in Spain.

“It was tricky today,’ said Shave, after his two-under round of 69 at La Manga Club’s North Course moved him to eight-under (136) for the tournament. “The wind was up and it is quite a tight course.

“The greens are quick and some of the pins were tricky, but I played well. I had a couple of three putts, but apart from that, it was pretty good.”

 

The Englishman, who was runner-up in the event last year, saw his lead reduced by one shot, but still remains well clear of the rest of the field.

The third and final round returns to the South Course, where Shave shot an excellent 67 (-6) in Round 01: “[The plan is to do the] same as what I did yesterday…hit the fairways and the greens, and then just go from there.”

There is a tie for second place between PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Daniel Whitby-Smith, and PGA of Holland Professional, Joost Steenkamer.

Whitby-Smith started the day seven shots adrift of his fellow countryman, Shave, and finished with a 68 (-3) for a two-round total of 142 (-2), whilst Steenkamer produced the best round of the day with a five-under round of 66.

The team of PGA of Poland Professional, Lukasz Szadny, and amateurs Waldemar KowalczykowkiKrzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy are the runaway leaders of the Team Pro-Am Competition.

The quartet have extended their lead to 17 points, after they scored an excellent 90 points (-18) on the North Course, to give them a two-round total of 175 points (-31).

Team Bossert (PGA of Switzerland) are a distant second on 158 points (-14), with Team Shave and Team Cheese (PGA of GB&I) a further point behind.

For Full Round 02 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017LaMangaClub

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Dominant Shave in Pole Position For Final Round
Superb Shave Surges Clear At La Manga Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/superb-shave-surges-clear-at-la-manga-club-pro-am/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:31:38 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18371 The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s, Craig Shave, carded a sublime six-under round of 67 to go seven shots clear...]]>

The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland’s, Craig Shave, carded a sublime six-under round of 67 to go seven shots clear at the La Manga Club International Pro-Am.

The fourth edition of the Pro-Am commenced on the South Course, which was the site of Arnold Palmer’s 1975 Spanish Open win and also where he redesigned the course in 1996.

 

Shave got off to a relatively quiet start, reaching the turn in an even-par 37. However, he was quickly into his stride on the back nine, making birdie on the par-four 10th.

A further three birdies followed on the 12th, 15th and 16th, before the Englishman rounded off his round with an excellent eagle on the par-five 18th, to finish with a round of 67 (-6).

Shave is seven shots clear of fellow PGA of GB&I Professional, Daniel Whitby-Smith, and Lukasz Szadny (PGA of Poland), who both opened with one-over rounds of 74.

The PGA of Poland’s, Szadny, produced a solid round with one birdie and two bogeys, which gives him a slim chance of pegging back the leader.

Similarly, Whitby-Smith, who’s round consisted of three birdies and four bogeys, needs things to fall his way in Round 02 to be able to close the gap to Shave.

Leading the way in the Team Pro-Am Competition is the quartet consisting of PGA of Poland professional, Lukasz Szadny, and amateurs Waldemar KowalczykowkiKrzystof Burlaski and Marek Rakocy.

The team scored 85 points (-13) to open up a two-point lead over Team Bossert (PGA of Switzerland) and Team Cheese (PGA of GB&I), who carded 11 under rounds (83 points).

Round 02 of the event moves to the North Course, before returning to the South Course for the third and final round.

For Full Round 01 Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017LaMangaClub

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Superb Shave Surges Clear At La Manga Club Pro-Am
Houston Lands World Club Pro-Am http://www.pgae.com/news/houston-lands-world-club-pro-am/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:11:16 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18329 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland professional, Garry Houston, pulled six points clear to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa]]>

PGA of Great Britain & Ireland professional, Garry Houston, pulled six points clear of the field to win the fourth World Club Pro-Am supported by the PGA of South Africa.

“To break par every round was quite an achievement,” said Houston, who carded a final round of 37 points (-1), to finish with a five-round total of 190 points (-10).

“I’m really excited…I played with last year’s defending champion [Julien Gressier] today, so I knew he would be strong and it was great to come over the line at the end.”

 

Houston, a winner on the Challenge Tour, felt he won despite not being at his best: “Some weeks you can play really well and not score well, but this was one of those weeks where I really didn’t play like I can play, but I ground out a score every single day for the five rounds.”

The Welshman not only takes home the title but also the winner’s cheque for USD$15,850: “Financially it’s obviously a good thing and its great to start the season so early with a win, but I know moving forward the things I have to work on…that will be my goal, to get my game where I would like it to be.”

After Round 04, 2016 World Club Pro-Am Champion, Julien Gressier (PGA of France), was two points off the lead but he carded a three-over round of 75 (33 points) to fall six points short of defending his title.

Pierre van Vuuren (PGA of South Africa), started the day level on points with Houston, but was unable to match strides with the eventual winner, only managing to make two birdies in his 31 point round (+5) to finish tied second with Gressier on 184 points (-4).

However, van Vuuren did lead Team Serengeti to a wire-to-wire success in the four-round Team Pro-Am Competition. He, along with amateurs John-Miles Griffiths, Izak Ludick and Hennie Lamprecht [pictured above], finished with a total of 367 points (-79), after their final round of 92 points (-20).

They were the only team to score over 90 points in each of the rounds and were three points clear of Team Windsor Park, led by Nisharlan Sewshanker (PGA of South Africa), who scored 95 points (-23) in their final round, to give them 364 points (-76) in total.

Completing the top three with 355 points, was Team Strand 2 led by PGA of South Africa Professional, Morne Jurgens.

For Full Final Scores Visit http://eur.pe/2017WCPA

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Houston Lands World Club Pro-Am