PGA in England (South) Region Members can look forward to an expanded competitive calendar in 2024, with more events and more prize money up for grabs than ever before, as well as a host of exciting new venues to play.
Kicking off the year sees the launch of the new Winter Pairs Pro-Am Series in association Titleist & FootJoy, with the number of tournaments increased to seven, while the Order of Merit prize fund will rise to £2,100 (subject to a minimum 30 pairs entering per event.)
Open to entries from all South Region PGA Professionals and Registered Trainees, the new Winter Series format will see each event feature a professional individual and a Pairs Pro-Am Betterball element, with prizes on offer for both categories, including the top three for Pro-Am teams. The leading Assistant/Trainee at each event will win a ball, glove and shoe contract with Titleist and Footjoy for the 2024 season, as will the highest place Assistant/Trainee in the overall Winter Series Order of Merit.
WALTON HEATH AND SUNNINGDALE
The new Winter Pairs Pro-Am Series gets under way on the majestic New Course at Walton Heath on February 5, before moving on to popular PGA South Region host Sand Martins on March 13. Just five days later sees competitors take on Sunningdale Heath’s par-54 course on March 18, while the following week, March 25, sees the action move to Weybrook Park in Hampshire.
Back-to-back events in Surrey in April makes for the perfect play-and-stay break with tournaments at Farnham GC on April 3, followed by Camberley Heath on April 4, while the winter season wraps up with a trip to the Kent seaside, where the battle for the Order of Merit title will possibly be decided over North Foreland’s stunning links on April 17.
The South Region will be running up to 50 events during the course of the summer season, offering members plenty of opportunities to play some fantastic courses and win great prizes.
The season tees off at Hayling Pro-Am on May 10 and runs all the way through to the traditional Christmas Fayre Pro-Am at Cinque Ports on December 7. In between, there are many highlights, including plenty of new additions to the schedule, with new events being held at Top 100 heathland courses at Hindhead (July 31) and Camberley Heath (October 10).
Golf At Goodwood is also welcome newcomer to the South Region circuit, hosting the PGA Southern Open from October 14-15, while the popular West Sussex venue is also scheduled to host a new Pro-Am event on August 23 which will combine 18 holes on the Downs Course with a visit to an evening horse racing meeting at Goodwood.
The PGA Kent Open is being staged from August 12-13 at Chart Hills, whose Nick Faldo-designed course has recently benefitted from a major renovation, while Donnington Grove joins the schedule as host of the Southern Pros Championship from August 27-28.
In between all that, there are two overseas trips to Portugal look forward to, including the Sunshine Pro-Am (Feb 17-25) and the Portugal Pro-Am (Oct 30-Nov 4), while the 2024 campaign will once again conclude in the sunshine in Turkey, where the St James’s Place National Pro-Am should attract a stellar field at the Antalya Golf Club from November 25-29.