Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Strong field for Grant's Foods Scottish PGA

Seniors Championship at Haggs Castle
PGA in Scotland Press Release
A field of 26 players will contest the Grant's Foods Scottish PGA Seniors Championship at Haggs Castle this week after eligibility was reduced from the age of 50 to 48.
The change will also apply to a four-ball event, which is being sponsored by Grant's Foods as well, at Duddingston next month.
"The PGA is committed to providing playing opportunities for all members, not just those  playing on the Tartan Tour," said PGA in Scotland secretary Shona Malcolm. 
"After discussions with Grant's Foods, it was obvious that by reducing eligibility from aged 50 to aged 48 consistently throughout the Senior series, both field sizes and access opportunities would be maximised."
Taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, the Grant's Foods Scottish PGA Seniors Championship has attracted a strong field.
It includes Fraser Mann, winner of the Silversea Senior PGA Championship for the second time in three years at Foxhills in Surrey earlier this season.
Potential rivals for the Carnoustie Golf Links player in this event include Robert Arnott, Stephen McAllister, Kenny Hutton and Campbell Elliott.
Bishopbriggs Golf Range pro Arnott is in fine form, having come within two shots of getting into a play-off for the last of four spots up for grabs in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open qualifier at Kilmarnock (Barassie) last weekend.
Arnott and former Downfield pro Hutton, who hails from the Muir of Ord,  are both also former Silversea PGA Senior champions, having claimed that title in 2016 and 2014 respectively.
Two-time European Tour winner McAllister also still plays regularly, as does Elliott, the Haggs Castle professional who will be bidding to make home advantage count in the 36-hole event.
Others in the field include former British Club Professional champion Jim Farmer, ex-Ladybank PGA Professional Martin Gray and Alan Hogg, the chief executive at Kingbarns Golf Links.
The line-up also features Garry Harvey, a former Tartan Tour star who is now better known as the Claret Jug engraver at the Open Championship.
“We believe it is important to support the Senior game in order to maximise the benefits of keeping people playing golf for longer," said John Fallon, managing director of Grant Foods.
"We are therefore very proud to be partnering with the PGA in sponsorship of the Grants Foods Scottish Seniors Championship.
"We look forward to a long-term partnership at professional level through the PGA, as well as supporting other aspects of the game in Scotland.
"Brakes Scotland, one of our trading partners, share our view of the importance of the Senior game and have kindly donated water for the tournament at Haggs Castle.” 



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