20 Apr 17
Fraser Mann shows off the trophy after winning last year's Grants Foods Scottish Senior Championship.
Golf's capacity to allow players to stay competitive a lot longer than most other sports has helped the PGA in Scotland attract a sponsor for a new series of seniors' events on this season's Tartan Tour.
Ayrshire-based Grant's Foods is delighted to be backing the Senior Golf Series, which comprises spring and autumn fourball tournaments at Buchanan Castle on June 12 and Duddingston on August 21, along with the flagship Grant’s Foods Scottish Senior Professional Championship at Haggs Castle on 12 and 13 July.
"We are really pleased to be involved in this new series of events," said managing director John Fallon. "PGA Professionals are excellent ambassadors for golf and it is great that the game gives people the chance to keep playing into their 70s, 80s and even beyond."
Fallon, a keen golfer himself, being a member of Glasgow Golf Club and also playing regularly in Alliance events, added: "Many sports are driven by youth, but people often forget that you also have to try and keep players involved when they get older.
"This sponsorship is a great tie up for us as I think people relate better to some of the seniors than they do with the main tour players."
PGA in Scotland secretary Shona Malcolm added: "The Grant’s Foods Senior Golf Series is an excellent addition to the PGA in Scotland’s portfolio of events.
"I believe it’s important to provide playing and networking opportunities for all PGA members as they progress through the different stages of their careers.
"Golf is the recognised 'game for life' and, with the support of Grant’s Foods, we’re delighted to provide these opportunities to suit the different priorities that more senior PGA professionals might have, while still retaining their competitive edge."
Among the players likely to play in one or more of the Senior Golf Series events are former PGA champion Andrew Oldcorn and two-time European Tour winner Stephen McAllister.
Others likely to tee up include Robert Arnott, the current Silversea PGA Senior Pro champion, and Fraser Mann, who won the Grants Foods Scottish Senior Championship last year over 18 holes.
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