Tour offers new opportunities for amateurs and professionals
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Norfolk-based Golf Days UK is launching a new series that will give amateur players the opportunity to team up with a professional.
The competition begins at Great Yarmouth and Caister on March 31 and there are more events planned across East Anglia over the course of the summer.
They will operate outside the East Region PGA calendar and are open to any professional and their team of three amateurs.
There will be a prize fund of £1,500 plus an amateur prize table in excess of £750.
The first event is being sponsored by Golf Days UK's sister company GDScore, which will bring a professional tournament feel to the events with its live scoring system.
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'We see a real opportunity in providing top quality pro-am events outside the main Order of Merit season and our ethos is simple: to attract a quality field of professional golfers playing for good prize money,' said Ben Phillips, director of Golf Days UK.
'This, coupled with top amateur prizes, will result in a new and successful series of events.'
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The new series will run alongside Golf Days UK's Norfolk Tour for amateurs, which has been revamped ahead of its eighth year.
There will now be seven events rather than the usual 10, including two tournaments out of the county in Kent, at Open venue Royal St George's and nearby and Prince's.
The Norfolk competitions are at Sheringham, Thetford, Royal Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Caister and Barnham Broom, with the grand final at The Shire London in June.
As before there will be an Order of Merit system, with a players' 'best three' scores making up the final leaderboard, with the top 15 players qualifying to play at The Shire.
The overall champion will win a golf break for two at Le Golf National in Paris, the venue for 2018 Ryder Cup.
Any standard of golfer is welcome to play on the tour, with each event an individual stableford competition.
For more information about how to play on the tour, and the costs involved, contact Golf Days UK on 01603 505533, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.golfdaysuk.co.uk