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Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course in the Almeria region of Andalucía, south-east Spain, has been selected to host this years season-ending Tour Championship of the PGA EuroPro Tour for the second consecutive year between Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st October 2016.
The PGA EuroPro Tour is Europe’s leading development tour, and the European Tour’s satellite in the UK and Ireland.
Offering direct access to the Challenge Tour through the final Order of Merit, PGA EuroPro Tour players will compete for over £800,000 of prize money in 14 main events at some of the UK and Ireland’s premier golfing venues, including The Oxfordshire, East Sussex National and The Carrick on Loch Lomond.
Only the top 60 golfers on the tour’s ‘Race To Desert Springs’ after the final event of the regular season at Moor Allerton Golf Club qualify to play the Tour Championship, which carries an increased prize fund with every golfer guaranteed a pay-out.
The purse for the Tour Championship began the season at £60,000, but with any surplus from each regular-season event prize fund added, this figure it is set to rise considerably by October.
The best players on Europe’s leading development tour will be competing to seal their place in the top five on the ‘Race To Desert Springs’ at the end of the event and earn themselves a Challenge Tour card for 2017.
The Tour Championship at Desert Springs Resort will be filmed for a two-hour highlights package to air on Sky Sports in the UK in November, and on 98 networks around the world including Fox International across Asia, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports in Turkey, Greece, Malta and Cyprus and StarHub in Singapore, reaching over 400 million homes.
Desert Springs Director of Golf, Simon Coaker commented:
Desert Springs Resort is both delighted and honored to have been invited to host the Tour Championship for the second year in succession.
Since 2002 The PGA EuroPro Tour has played a vital part in the early careers of some of the biggest names in golf who have gone on to great success, paving the way for Ryder Cup Players, Major Winners and European Tour Winners, most latterly Andrew Johnston, winner of The Spanish Open at Valderrama Golf Club last weekend!
For Desert Springs Resort and the Indiana course to be part of the journey that the best players in Europe travel, is a factor of both benefit and prestige to all at the Resort.
We very much look forward to welcoming the class of 2016 to Desert Springs Resort and to providing them with a wonderful experience.”
Daniel Godding, Director of Operations at the PGA EuroPro Tour commented:
“I am delighted that the tour will be returning to Desert Springs Resort this October.
Our Tour Championship there last season was a resounding success and I am thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Resort this year. The Indiana Course is a true gem and the team at Desert Springs Resort ensured we enjoyed one of the most successful Tour Championships the EuroPro has seen.”
Please see below the schedule for the 2016 PGA EuroPro Tour Championship.
Monday 17th October Official Practice Day
Tuesday 18th October PGA EuroPro Tour Championship Pro-Am
Wednesday 19th October PGA EuroPro Tour Championship Tournament Round 1
Thursday 20th October PGA EuroPro Tour Championship Tournament Round 2
Friday 21st October PGA EuroPro Tour Championship Tournament Round 3