England (East) Region
04 Jun 19
European Tour star Oliver Fisher heads a high-quality field that will be assembling at West Essex Golf Club from June 11-13 for the London Open, supported by Golfbreaks.com.
Fisher, 30, will be joined at the club where he was once a brilliant junior by the cream of the PGA in England, East and South region professionals.
Former Tour card holders Rob Coles, Ray Russell, Andy Raitt, Chris Gane and Steve Cipa will all be in action at West Essex along with defending champion Jason Levermore (pictured).
In total, 144 players will tee up in the London Open, which – for the first time – will be staged by the two regions as a co-sanctioned tournament.
Additionally, the Order of Merit event will be held over 54 holes for the first time with a 36-hole cut for the top-50 and ties.
James Levick, secretary of West Essex Golf Club, said: “The event is going to be a true spectacle, merging both strong regions. Bringing the best players together is just a continued line of development goals we have at West Essex.
The players will face an enhanced challenge after key changes were made to the James Braid-designed course over the winter. In particular there has been significant work done on the 15th and 16th holes – both of which have seen back tees added as well as re-sculpting around the greens.
An ongoing bunker construction programme has upgraded the West Essex test, while practice facilities are undergoing major improvements. Notably, the forward-looking club will be opening a six-hole par-3 academy course and a covered driving range area with Trackman facilities and a fitness suite.
Chris Baron, the club’s head PGA professional, said: “‘It’s exciting times. West Essex is an amazing club to be associated with and will be something very special once the works are complete.”
The fourth renewal of the London Open has a clutch of key partners – Golfbreaks.com, Telford Homes, Urban Myth and Beale and Co.