England and Wales (North) Region
11 May 17
Phil Archer has set his sights firmly on completing a hat-trick of Leeds Cup victories when professional golf's oldest trophy, sponsored by Teesside-based financial services provider Ramsdens, moves back to its spiritual home at Cobble Hall next week.
The Birchwood-attached player prevailed in 2000 and last year, having returned from competing on the European Tour where he was best known for posting a 60 in the first round in the Celtic Manor Wales Open in 2006, agonisingly missing the record by a shot.
He twice played in the US Open and Open Championship and in 2007 was a member of the victorious GB&I team competing in the Seve Trophy. The same year Archer also won three times on the Challenge Tour before returning to regional golf and reclaimed the Leeds Cup again last year.
He is among seven former champions in a 109-strong field, including and Carden Park's Garry Houston who prevailed in 2012 and again three years later.
Windermere's Simon Edwards is expected to be in contention following his recovery from injury and Nick Ludwell (Selby), John Wells (Snainton Golf Centre), David Smith (Swinton Park) and Steve Parry (Hart Common) will also be hoping to lift the iconic trophy again.
PGA North secretary Jonathan Paine said: "The sponsorship offer by Ramsdens has given the Leeds Cup a tremendous boost and we're delighted by the number of players who have entered.
"This is a famous old tournament and the trophy is so valuable it's kept under lock and key at The PGA's Belfry headquarters."
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