The PGA in England (East) is set to be a hive of competitive activity in 2020, writes Tony Rushmer.
Next year’s regional schedule is due for release in December, with the finishing touches just being applied.
But regional manager Gordon Campbell has already confirmed that there will be a rise in the number of pro-ams.
Additionally, he has outlined that there will be four Order of Merit tournaments, while the three traditional seasonal Classics are also in the diary.
Porters Park, Thorpe Hall, Royal Worlington and Sudbury (Middlesex) will all stage new pro-am events in 2020, while Dunstable Downs, St Neots and Brickendon Grange are among those venues returning to the schedule.
As in 2019, West Essex, Ingrebourne, Bishop’s Stortford and The Millbrook will host next year’s Order of Merit events in the region. But a key development is that Ingrebourne will grow to become a 36-hole event, alongside its popular par-3 Championship.
Campbell said: “The 2020 schedule is almost finalised and it’s looking very healthy.
“We’re very pleased with it and feel that there are lots of exciting playing opportunities for the members.
“It’s great to see some superb additions to our pro-am programme, while two or three old stalwarts are returning, which is also a big ‘plus’.
“The East region Order of Merit race will be significantly enhanced by the Ingrebourne tournament increasing from 18 holes to 36 holes.
“And I can almost guarantee that our Spring, Summer and Autumn Classics will be well subscribed, as always.
“So, we are looking forward to next year and will be sharing the completed schedule with members in the next few weeks. That will allow them to start planning their competitive golf for 2020.”
In other news, after the success of the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at Hunstanton this summer, the north Norfolk coast will host another national title next season. The stunning Royal Cromer Golf Club will serve as a fitting location for the PGA Assistants’ Championship at the end of July.
To complete the picture, Moor Park (the PGA Professional Championship), Nazeing (PGA Assistants’ Championship) and Old Fold Manor (English PGA Championship) are to be among the venues used for regional pre-qualifiers for prestigious national events.