One of PGA Midland’s most prestigious tournaments, the Midland Open, is to be sponsored by Oakmere Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, writes Adrian Milledge.
The deal revives the event after a two-year hiatus and guarantees its future for the next five seasons.
Oakmere is home to two courses and the 36-hole Midland Open will be contested by a pro playing alongside an amateur on the recently redesigned Admirals course.
The work was undertaken by renowned golf course architects Mackenzie and Ebert and the decision to sponsor the Midland Open aims to showcase the new look and promote the club
Commenting on the sponsorship, Oakmere director of golf and PGA Professional Daryl St-John Jones said: “We firmly believe our courses now compares favourably with all the highly-regarded ones in the region. In fact, seven of the holes on the Admirals course stand comparison with anywhere else.
“So now that the work here has been completed we want to raise the club’s profile.
“To that end we feel having the best pros in the region play here in one of their foremost events will do that, especially as they will be playing with an amateur.
“We hope the players, both pros and amateurs, will return to their clubs and tell their friends and contacts that playing Oakmere is not to be missed.”
The Midland Open will have a minimum prize find of £10,000 and its restoration will take the number of Order of Merit events in the region back to four.
PGA Midlands regional manager James Brown added: “It’s a real compliment to our region’s pros that Oakmere believe they can boost the its profile.
“Their sponsorship is also a shot in the arm for our tournament schedule, especially as it means we will be staging an Order of Merit event in the East Midlands once again.
“What’s more, the venue and format makes it an attractive event to play in. The two rounds of the Order of Merit event will be played on successive days.
“In addition, each pro will play with an amateur of his or her choice in a better-ball pairs competition. There will be individual prizes for amateurs and every team is entitled to a free practice round before the tournament.”