Another European Challenge Tour qualifier comes to Redditch - The Redditch Standard

Another European Challenge Tour qualifier comes to Redditch

Redditch Editorial 30th Mar, 2016 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016   0

REDDITCH Golf Club will stage another European Challenge Tour qualifying event when the Bridgestone Challenge qualifier comes to town in June.

The news follows on from the club’s successful hosting of a pre-qualifying day for the Northern Ireland Open last May, which gave the top two golfers on the day entry into this European Challenge Tour event.

On Monday, June 27 the club will once again be in the limelight when some of the country’s up and coming professionals and amateurs battle it out for just two precious European Tour Challenge invitations for the Bridgestone Challenge round to be held at the Heythrop Park Resort in Chipping Norton.

The event is sponsored by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes and club marketing chairman Stuart Mee said the Lower Grinsty Lane course was already being prepared for the tournament.

“Redditch Golf Club is in superb condition and due to the hard work put in by our groundstaff has been open virtually every day throughout the winter, despite some appalling gales and rainfall,” he said.

“Our head greenkeeper Karl Williams and his team are now gearing up to present the course in perfect condition on June 27 and everyone at the club is really excited about the news.”

Redditch Golf Club has steadily risen in the rankings as one of the Midlands’ and indeed the UK’s best golf courses, with praise for the condition of the course coming from all sides.

In January the club was named as one of the top clubs in the Midlands by the jury that counts the most – the region’s golfers.

The Callow Hill club ranked 13th out of 75 in the survey run by Midlands Golfer, above many famous names such as The Belfry’s PGA course (46th), Edgbaston (44th) and exclusive private members club Blackwell (64th).

Mee added: “In early 2015, we committed to a £200,000 investment in plant and machinery for our groundstaff and this has really paid dividends.

“Not only have we been able to keep the course open when most were shut, it has also see a dramatic improvement all round – and winning two such prestigious golf tournaments is the result.”

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