Seniors' golf event returns to Suffolk

STOKE-by-Nayland will be hosting the PGA Seniors Tour Championship for the second successive year. It will be played over the Gainsborough course at the start of September.

By Tony Garnett

STOKE-by-Nayland will be hosting the PGA Seniors Tour Championship for the second successive year. It will be played over the Gainsborough course at the start of September.

Tamara Unwin, a director at Stoke- by-Nayland, has confirmed that this prestigious event will stay in Suffolk.

The pro-am will be on Wednesday, September 5 with the tournament running over four days between September 6 and 9.

Last year Sam Torrance won the title, his 39th professional victory, from Argentinian Luigi Carbonetti with Italian Guiseppe Cali taking third place after starting the final in the lead. Torrance has confirmed he is looking forward to returning to defend his title this year.

Players aged 50 and over are eligible to play seniors golf so the field will include many famous names from the past and should attract a large following.

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It is a terrific boost for golf in Suffolk to hold such a prestigious event that will attract so many stars from yesteryear. Last year there was local interest with Robin Mann (Felixstowe Golf Range) and Frank Hill (Thorpeness) both making the cut.

Stoke-by-Nayland will also stage its annual PGA Europro Tour event in June.

The pro-am will be on Sunday, June 24. with the three rounds of the tournament between June 26 and 28.

The event clashes with the East Anglian Open at Blakes Golf Club in Essex, a PGA East Region Order of Merit event.

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