England (East) Region
08 Apr 19
This year’s London Open is set to be the best staging of the tournament yet with prize money doubling and the backing of a title sponsor.
The 2019 renewal, which will be staged on June 11-13, will be known as the London Open supported by Golfbreaks.
The overall prize fund for the event, co-sanctioned for the first time with the PGA in England (South) region, will be £20,000 and it will carry a first prize of £5,000.
This year will also see the tournament extended to 54 holes and the introduction of a 36-hole cut. A full field of 144 players will be comprised of an equal number of players from the South and East regions.
Gordon Campbell, regional manager for the East, said: “I would like to thank the team at West Essex for their ongoing vision for the London Open. This is the fourth staging of the tournament and it just goes from strength to strength.
“We are also very grateful to Golfbreaks for coming on board as title sponsor. Having a brand of their standing connected to the tournament can only help grow even further in stature.”
In response Ben Foster – head of Golf Pro Travel at Golfbreaks.com – said: “Golfbreaks.com is delighted to be announced as the title sponsor of the London Open. Our long-standing relationship with the PGA is something we truly value, and has enabled us to better help professionals engage with their own membership through memorable breaks across the globe.
"As our Golf Pro Travel team continues to grow, assisting more professionals each year with their trips, the London Open provides us with a fantastic opportunity to increase our engagement and relationship with PGA members from both the South & East Regions across the 3-day event.”
West Essex is once again looking forward to being the host venue for the London Open. This year returning PGA professionals will recognise several notable changes as part of the club’s ongoing commitment to upgrade the already excellent tree-lined layout.
West Essex Golf Club secretary James Levick said: “The course has undergone many improvements over the winter, including the refurbishment of four bunkers, two others being removed, a new back tee for the 15th hole and the surrounds of the 16th being completely redesigned.
“It’s an exciting time for the club with our investment going into the course, clubhouse, new academy course, driving range and short game area. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting us again this year and look forward to developing our partnership with all of them, including our new sponsor, Golfbreaks.”
Last year Jason Levermore won the London Open, defeating Glen Portelli in a play-off.
Levermore said: “The London Open is fast developing into an excellent tournament. It will be great this June to compete at West Essex against South region players as well as those from the East. That, as well as the new 54-hole format and significant prize-fund boost, will definitely help grow the tournament’s stature even more.”