2020 PGA national tournament schedule revealed

2020 PGA national tournament schedule revealed

16/01/2020

The winners of this year’s flagship tournaments for individuals – the PGA Professional and Women’s PGA Professional Championships – will be crowned simultaneously, appropriately at the Home of Golf.

As was the case in 2009 when they were staged at Blairgowrie in Scotland, the two tournaments will be contested during the same week on the Duke’s Course, St Andrews.

The battle to win the 72-hole PGA Professional Championship will take place from June 16 – 19 and its 36-hole WPGA sibling will run in tandem over the final two days.

The two events are part of a packed programme that, carrying a combined prize fund just shy of £400,000, features tried and tested venues along with some similarly challenging new ones.

It kicks off on May 13 at the Foxhills Country Club and Resort, Surrey, with the Senior PGA Professional Championship and will end in late November when The PGA Play-Offs are staged for the third year running at The PGA National – Turkey, Antalya Golf Club, in November.

Foxhills, which staged The PGA Cup in 2017 and will do so again in 2021, will be hosting the Senior PGA Professional Championship for the seventh successive year.

Meanwhile its sister club, Farleigh, will host a national final for the third year in a row. The course, which is also in Surrey, held the PGA Assistants’ Championship in 2017 and welcomes back the final of the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship in the last week of August.

The venue for this year’s PGA Assistants’ Championship contrasts sharply with Farleigh, however.

Whereas Farleigh is a parkland course from which the London skyline can be seen, the Royal Cromer Golf Club in Norfolk stands on a cliff some 300 feet above golden sands and overlooks the North Sea.

The tournament, which has been won by such golfing luminaries as Dai Rees, Harry Weetman, Peter Alliss, Tony Jacklin and Barry Lane, will be staged on the last three days of July, a week after the English PGA Championship.

Revived last year after a seven-year hiatus, that event will again be played on the Bowood PGA Course at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Wiltshire.

The tournament is scheduled to be held at the resort for three years, as is the popular PGA Super 60’s Championship at its new home – Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire.

The resort is just one of four with a golf course to feature in the Sunday Times latest list of the Top 100 British Hotels and the 36-hole tournament will be contested there in the first week of August.

The Welsh National PGA Championship, PGA Inter-County Championship and PGA Pro-Captain Challenge are also 36-hole tournaments and will be staged as the schedule heads into autumn.

The Welsh National, sponsored by PGA Partners and leading supplier of branded golf accessories Asbri Golf for the eighth successive year, will be held at Cardiff Golf Club in mid-September.

The PGA Pro-Captain Challenge, which also benefits from sponsorship from a PGA Partner – SkyCaddie – will be staged at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, the home of The PGA National, Italy, in late October.

It will be the second year in succession the final of a competition that, featuring 10 regional qualifiers contested by more than 400 pairs comprising a PGA pro and his or her club captain, has been contested at the venue.

Similarly, the last tournament on the schedule to be staged on home soil, the PGA Inter-County Championship, will return to Sutton Coldfield Golf Club for a second year.

Bookended by the Welsh National PGA Championship sponsored by Asbri Golf and the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge, the tournament will retain the changed format that made it such a success in 2019.

The tournament schedule also includes the increasingly popular Staysure PGA Trophy, the competition for pairs comprising a PGA pro and senior golfer. The final will be contested at a venue preceding the PGA Seniors Championship at a date and venue to be confirmed.

Charles Hine, PGA Head of National Tournaments commented, “We’re delighted to offer a fantastic schedule in 2020 which sees the addition of some excellent new venues to complement our existing ones.”

CLICK HERE to view the full 2020 PGA tournament schedule.

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