Club ready to host European event once again

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Officials at Longhirst Hall Golf Club are hoping that changing the days for this year’s staging of a big competition will attract more spectators.

A total of 156 players are taking part in the PGA EuroPro Tour event, which starts today and runs until Saturday, on the Dawson course.

It first came to the club, located near Morpeth, in 2010 and it has stayed on the tour schedule ever since.

Director of Golf at Longhirst Hall, Graham Chambers, said: “We struggled a little with the cold temperatures in recent weeks, but have managed to catch up quickly over the last 10 days and the feedback from the players during the practice rounds has been very positive.

“We hope that it will be the best year yet for the event here, particularly as the weather forecast is encouraging for all three days.

“It would be great to get a big turnout and to help with this, we decided to move the final day to a Saturday to change from the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in previous years.

“The fact that 100 players were on the reserve list shows how popular the competition at Longhirst has become over the last five years.

“We feel very proud that we are a permanent fixture on the PGA EuroPro Tour calendar, which includes prestigious venues such as The Belfry and Loch Lomond.”

The players include Matty Webb (Bedlingtonshire), Andy Scrimshaw (Close House) and Will Urwin (he grew up in Northumberland and is currently an Assistant PGA Professional at Celtic Manor in Wales).

There is no charge for spectators to watch the competition, which is sponsored by Dawson and Sanderson Foreign Exchange.