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Packed tournament programme offers a wide variety of playing opportunities

 

A challenging and varied programme of pro-ams and quartet of Order of Merit events bookended by the Asbri Golf Cornish Festival and increasingly popular North Devon Links Festival comprises this year’s regional tournament schedule, writes Adrian Milledge.

It begins in earnest with the Cornish Festival which, as last year, will be contested by 120 teams at St Enodoc, Trevose and the Point at Polzeath from April 21 – 23.

Similarly it is being sponsored for the fourth successive year by Asbri Golf, the Caerphilly-based PGA Partner and leading supplier of branded golf accessories.

“It’s a little ‘thank you’ from us for the PGA pros in Wales and the south west,” said Asbri Golf sales and marketing director Paul Williams, pictured above at this month’s PGA Merchandise Show in Florida with the company’s managing director Eryl Williams and sales manager Richard Dinsdale.

Dinsdale, a PGA Professional, will be leading an Asbri team at the Festival and Paul Williams added: “He’s done a great job getting our name known in the south west and the Cornish Festival is a fantastic event.

“It’s played on three superb courses – St Enodoc, Trevose and the Point at Polzeath – and is a brilliant way of opening the season.”

The Point at Polzeath will host two more events during the season – a pro-am towards its end in September and the first Order of Merit event in the first week of May.

The latter will be sponsored by Marston’s Brewery as will the third in the schedule, the PGA West Region Championship at Mendip Spring Golf Club in mid-August.

Four weeks earlier sees the second Order of Merit tournament – the Cumberwell Park Players Championship which will be sponsored by the host venue.

As it’s title suggests, the final Order of Merit of the season is a departure from the tried and tested.

The PGA Southern Open Championship @ Paultons in Dorset is a joint co-sanctioned event for South and South-West Region Members and Assistants.

Sponsored by Virgin Atlantic and Marston’s and contested in the first week of September, it will be a full counting event in the Order of Merit for both regions, with points counting for each player’s own Order of Merit using their own normal points breakdown.

The third staging of the increasingly popular North Devon Links Festival will take place at the end of September on three courses: Saunton West and East, and Royal North Devon, Bideford.

Commenting on the schedule, regional manager Robert Moss said: “Two must-play Festivals, events for Assistants and Seniors, close on 40 pro-ams and four Order of Merit tournaments, one of which involves a partnership with our colleagues in the South Region, add up to a challenging programme that offers a wide variety of playing opportunities for our Members.”