06 May 19
Sion Bebb is looking to his debut in the Senior PGA Championship at Foxhills Club and Resort, Surrey, to help kick start the next chapter of his successful career.
Bebb, winner of the PGA Professional Championship in 1999 and three time Welsh National PGA Champion, most recently in 2017, became eligible to play in Senior events when he turned 50 in October.
And having just missed out on securing a Staysure Tour card earlier this year, he sees the Senior PGA Championship as an opportunity to earn a place in one of the Tour’s most prestigious events.
Five cards were up for grabs at the Staysure Tour Q-School in Portugal in January and Bebb was well-placed to claim one of them after three of the tournament’s four rounds.
“I was tied fourth on three-under going into the last day,” recalled Bebb, who is attached to Morlais Castle Golf Club in Mid-Glamorgan. “But I finished ninth overall so that was disappointing.
“Finishing in the top 15 at Foxhills guarantees a place in Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in early August so that has to be the aim.”
Making his debut in the Senior PGA Championship will not be the only new experience for Bebb who finished at the top of the PGA West region’s Order of Merit last year.
“I’ve never played Foxhills before,” he explained. “So I’ll be going down the day before to have a practice round.
“That will be on the Longcross course as I’m playing on that in the first round and I’ll have a walk round the Bernard Hunt course which I’ll be playing on day two.
“I’m really looking forward to the event but not just for the opportunities it offers. It will also give me a chance to meet up with some old friends so that will be fun.”
George Ryall, a fellow competitor alongside Bebb in West region events who finished level with him in Portugal, is also in the 200-plus field at Foxhills.
He is on one of six former champions competing in the 54-hole tournament that carries a £40,000 prize fund with £6,000 going to the winner.
Ryall, champion at Northants County in 2009, will be joined by Kenny Hutton, Wraith Grant, as well as Robert Arnott and Fraser Mann whose private game of pass the trophy was ended by Lindrick’s John King last year.