Golf: European event back at Moor Allerton

Billy Hemstock
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Has there ever been a better Bank Holiday Monday for a round of golf?

Glorious sunshine, not a breath of wind and the start of the Masters just days away – it felt like the height of summer when it was only the first Monday in April.

Yet it was certainly a day to get the golfing juices flowing.

So the return of the

Over the coming summer months we will cover everything from junior success to individual adventures across the globe, team achievements to the big announcements that affect local club golfers.

To drive us off in 2015, we have some great news for one of Leeds’ most respected clubs, Moor Allerton.

Just two years after first playing host to an event on the EuroPro Tour – the continent’s third-tier satellite tour – Moor Allerton will break new ground this year by staging the feeder tour’s first 72-hole event.

This year’s Clipper Logistics Players Championship will be played over four days and 72 holes in August.

Tournament sponsor Clipper Logistics will also be adding an additional £10,000 to the prize fund to create a £60,000 tournament purse, with the winner taking home £12,000.

That all adds up to the biggest prize fund on offer at any tournament on the EuroPro Tour this season.

Moor Allerton’s place in the schedule, coming in the last week of August and in the penultimate round of the season, also highlights how highly regarded the event has quickly become.

The future of the Clipper Logistics Players Championship is also secure, with a three-year contract guaranteeing a 
minimum 54-hole HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour event at Moor Allerton Golf Club until 2017, with the option to continue as a 72-hole tournament.

This year’s event will commence on Wednesday, August 26, concluding on Saturday, August 29 with a pre-tournament pro-am to be played on Tuesday, August 25. A cut to the leading 50 players plus ties will be made after 36 holes.

Snooker and darts supremo Barry Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport and the EuroPro Tour, commented: “This is brilliant news for the Tour.

“It brings the EuroPro even closer to the Challenge and European Tours and means the best young golfers in the country will have the chance to experience the rigorous demands of performing well over 72 holes in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

“The EuroPro Tour has made great strides over the last few years.

“This year we have seen prize funds increased by 25 per cent across the season and to have the Clipper Logistics Players Championship as our first 72-hole event will undoubtedly be one of our highlights of the summer.”

James Whitaker, head professional at Moor Allerton Golf Club, said: “This is a great opportunity for the EuroPro’s players and for Moor Allerton.

“This is a really big step in growing the event.”

Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth) won both previous editions of the Moor Allerton event, with local lads Richard Law (Low Laithes) and Daniel Gavins (Oulton Hall) finishing as runners-up in 2014 and 2013, respectively.