SEVEN Yorkshire players will tee it up at Desert Springs Resort in Spain this week looking to earn elevation from the EuroPro Tour to the Challenge Tour.
Howley Hall’s Marcus Armitage, twice a winner this season, has put himself in good shape ahead of the 54-hole Matchroom Sport Tour Championship to claim one of the five Challenge Tour cards on offer.
He lies second in the Race to Desert Springs standings, less than £2,000 behind leader Darren Wright, of Goodwood, and his focus will be on taking the next step towards the European Tour as the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s top money-winner for 2015.
Four other White Rose competitors – Oulton Hall’s Daniel Gavins, Rotherham’s David Booth, Malton & Norton’s Chris Halley and Hornsea’s Steve Uzzell – are all within £10,000 of Aaron Rai.
The Wolverhampton player is the most vulnerable of the men currently occupying the qualifying spots as £20,000 will go to the winner after Friday’s final round.
Graeme Clark, of Doncaster, has a bit more leeway to make up, standing nearly £12,000 shy of Rai’s earnings, and Middlesbrough’s Michael Skelton is just over £2,000 further adrift.
But the winner’s cheque being double its normal size on the Tour, and with a record £90,000 prize fund in total, all seven Yorkshire players go into the season’s climax with a card within their grasp.
Inspired by the famous desert courses of Arizona and California, the Indiana Course at Desert Springs Resort is Europe’s only award-winning desert course.
Daniel Godding, PGA EuroPro Tour Director of Operations, said: “Desert Springs is an ideal resort to host our Matchroom Sport Tour Championship and I know we are going to see a spectacular end to our season.
“There are so many top-class golfers on this tour and it is going to be a fierce battle to see who can claim a card on the Challenge Tour for next season.”
The Matchroom Sport Tour Championship begins on Wednesday and concludes on Friday. A two-hour highlights package from the tournament will air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, November 10 with a season review show to broadcast the following week.