Friday, November 06, 2009

Arnott, King and Gillies bid to take PGAs of

Europe team championship back to Scotland

Three of Scotland’s top pro golfers bid for a record seventh title at the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship in Spain next week – with the aid of two world champions!Hickory masters Robert Arnott (Bishopbriggs Golf Range) and Mark King (Kingsfield Golf Range), who both claimed titles using the ‘old’ clubs back in September, will be joined by Colin Gillies (Playsport Golf) as they take on more than 25 teams from across Europe for the title at Roda Golf and Beach Resort.
Gillies has the distinction of having played in the very first championship back in 1990, which Scotland won. However that is his only victory in seven appearances for the Scots.
Scotland’s last victory came in 2006 and the Tartan Tour trio will aim to make that a magnificent seven in the 72-hole stroke-play tournament between November 10-13, which carries a €35,000 prize fund and is sponsored by Calidona and Glenmuir.
But they will face stiff competition from the rest of the home nations, with defending champions Ireland chasing a hat-trick of titles. England, who are also in the hunt for a third title, have three of this year’s GB&I PGA Cup team in their ranks in Paul Wesselingh, Paul Simpson and Jeremy Robinson.
Wales, winners in 2000, will field two of this year’s PGA Cup team including James Lee, the reigning Glenmuir PGA Professional champion.
Other teams competing in the event, which sees the best two individual scores from each round count, include 2007 champions Austria, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia plus sides from South Africa and United Arab Emirates.
The Dave Thomas-designed Roda course, which is hosting the tournament for the fourth successive year, is also home to the continent's first PGA-branded academy.
The academy features state of the art video and custom-fit golf technology and its world-class golf facilities are a winter haven for golf professionals and coaches with excellent opportunities for golfers of all abilities and ages from juniors through to elite golfers.



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