England (Midlands) Region
02 Apr 19
The region’s most lucrative pro-am in a packed schedule of events this year will be staged at a venue that boasts R&A approval, Kedleston Park Golf Club.
The course (above) on the cusp of Derby will host Regional Qualifying for The Open for the second year in succession on June 24.
That will be contested 18 days after a minimum of 40 teams of four, each comprising a PGA Professional and three amateurs, compete in the Kedleston Park Golf Club Pro-Am on June 6.
The pro-am, which carries a £7,700 prize purse with £2,000 going to the winner, became a standalone event for the first time last year and saw Sutton Coldfield’s Andrew Cheese and Neil Wain of The Belfry tie for first place.
Thirty-two teams entered and such was the success of the event that the club’s general manager, Rob Simpson (right), is hopeful his target of 40 teams-plus taking part will be met this year.
Simpson, a PGA Professional and highly experienced referee who officiated at the last two Ryder Cups, said: “We’ve run the pro-am for several years and it used to be played in tandem with the Midland Masters.
“We changed the format last year and having a one-day event as opposed to two means we can offer more prize money to the region’s PGA pros and give more back to them.
“The switch to one-day meant the pro-am carried the biggest prize fund in the region last season and it will be again this year.”
The pro-am will also enable the club to showcase its facilities to more than 100 amateurs, not least the improvements to the 7,000 plus yards lay-out that were overseen by renowned course architect Tom Mackenzie.
These were completed in 2016 and, as well as becoming a host venue for Regional Qualifying for The Open, Kedleston Park staged the English Boys’ Under 16 Amateur Stroke Play (McGregor Trophy) last year.
In addition, the club was one of four finalists in the Championship Venue of the Year category of the 2019 England Golf Awards.
For further infotmation on the Kedleston Park Golf Club Pro-Am, follow this link: https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi19/event/pgagbi19963/index.htm