INGREBOURNE Links is looking forward to welcoming the East region PGA professionals in 2020 – for an expanded Order of Merit tournament.
The increase from an 18 to a 36-hole tournament marks yet another positive development at the evolving Essex venue.
It was 2013 that Ingrebourne Links first partnered with the PGA in England (East), hosting a par-3 championship that has proved very popular.
The event helped put Ingrebourne on the map as work was carried out on the first of three nine-hole loops.
By 2018 the North course was ready for competition play and Andrew Pestell (Chelmsford) was successful in an 18-hole Order of Merit competition.
Twelve months later and an additional four holes of the East course were ready and Rob Coles (Maylands Golf & Country Club) triumphed on a composite lay-out.
This summer will see the East course completed, although it is yet to be decided if the five newest holes will be ready for the Order of Merit event on August 4-5, following the par-3 opener.
Ingrebourne’s general manager – and long-term professional PGA – Dominic Eagle confirmed: “It’s possible we could be playing the full 18-hole routing, but it is weather dependent.”
Whichever routing is used, the Ingrebourne team are very excited to extend their Order of Merit event – and continue their strong relationship with the East region.
Eagle added: “We wanted to bring it in line with the other Order of Merit events, which are played over 36 holes.
“We’ve had a great relationship with the PGA East region. We view them as very much part of getting the word out there about Ingrebourne Links.
“We’ve wanted the professionals in our region to play the course, hopefully enjoy it and pass on the good word. And we did have numerous people come and play the course off the back of recommendations from the professionals who played in the event.”
The growing reputation of Ingrebourne Links as an exciting golf destination will be very satisfying for its chairman John Pryor who had the vision for it.
Eagle said: “John is very passionate about it – the progression of the course and wanting it to evolve and be a premier golfing venue in the area.”
The PGA in England (East) is delighted to have been able to support aspirational Ingrebourne through the early years of their journey.
Regional manager Gordon Campbell said: “We enjoy an excellent relationship with Ingrebourne. It’s a relationship that’s mutually beneficial and we’re really looking forward to working with John, Dominic and their team in 2020 and beyond.”