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The Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters will return to Montrose

Last year's winner Oliver Farr (left) with Neil Armour, chief executive officer of Eagle Orchid

Last year's winner Oliver Farr (left) with Neil Armour, chief executive officer of Eagle Orchid

The Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters will return to Montrose Links this April following the successful staging of the inaugural PGA EuroPro Tour event at the historic course last September.

Oliver Farr won the tournament in 2013 and went on to win the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Order of Merit, securing a Challenge Tour card for 2014 in the process.

He followed in the footsteps of fellow Welshman Stuart Manley, who won the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters 2012 at Rowallan Castle near Kilmarnock, and is now a regular on the European Tour.

The 2014 tournament is the second on the PGA EuroPro Tour schedule and will commence on April 29.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament will see some of Europe’s best young golfers compete for a £10,000 winner’s prize, with the final round taking place on May 1 and filmed for a two-hour highlights programme to be aired on Sky Sports and networks around the world.

Neil Armour, chief executive officer of Eagle Orchid, said: “It is fantastic to be able to bring the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters to Montrose again this year.

“I was very impressed by the course, the organisation and the warm welcome offered during the event last September, and the level of golf played was exceptional.

“To see Stuart Manley playing on the European Tour this season is testament to the importance of development golf, and Oliver Farr proved our second successful winner when he gained his Challenge Tour card last season. I look forward to seeing who emerges victorious this time around.”

Montrose Golf Links company secretary Claire Penman commented: “We are very privileged and excited about hosting the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters on the PGA EuroPro Tour for a second year running in April.”

Montrose Golf Links chairman Alan Crow added: “There are many players from the Scottish region on the PGA EuroPro Tour, and this will provide them with the opportunity to shine on home soil“.

Daniel Godding, PGA EuroPro tour director of operations, said: “Our events in Scotland are always wonderfully supported by the public, and to have the continued backing of Eagle Orchid is invaluable. I am looking forward to another successful event with the help of Montrose Golf Links and Eagle Orchid.

“The course is one of the oldest in the world and provides a stern test of links golf to challenge the capabilities of the top young professionals who play the PGA EuroPro Tour.”

 

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