PGA South West is set to arrange more tournaments for senior golfers following the success of a pilot event held at Bowood Golf and Country Club in Wiltshire, writes Adrian Milledge.
Twenty players participated in the Stableford format tournament which was staged following requests from senior golfers in the region.
It was won by Morlais Castle Golf Club’s Sion Bebb (above), a former PGA Professional Championship winner who has won the Welsh National PGA Championship on three occasions.
He finished two points clear of Sherborne Golf Club’s Jon Bevan, captain of the victorious 2015 Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team, and Paul Barrington of InPlay Golf.
Bebb and Bevan compete regularly in regional and national events but several participants at Bowood play in them a lot less frequently, if at all.
“That was one of the reasons for putting on the tournament,” explained PGA South West regional manager Robert Moss.
“Another was in response to our senior members asking for an event restricted to those who are 50 or older.
“Many members tend to play less as they get older, possible because they feel the tournaments are for younger ones.
“So this was an opportunity for them to get back out on the course. Although it was played on a competitive basis, the event was also a social occasion and gave senior members the chance to meet up with old friends.
“The feedback from players at Bowood was very positive and we will be looking to put on two similar events next year, maybe more if there is a demand for them.”