A HUGE incentive for club pros and their amateur partners to shine in the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am championship, supported by SkyCaddie, is that the final will be played in the idyllic paradise of the Bahamas.
Wakefield electrician Phil Killey and Darren Leng, his club pro at Far Grange, won the title in Turkey last season.
In 2004, when the tournament was backed by Lombard, the final was staged at San Lorenzo, Portugal and Fixby’s Paul Carman finished third.
After extending their sponsorship of Europe’s biggest pro-am to 2011, Virgin Atlantic, the UK’s long-haul specialists, have announced that this year’s final will be staged at luxury Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on Great Exuma on November 23-28.
Entries are now open for the championship which in the final will feature 16 teams from across Great Britain and Ireland at the Greg Norman-designed course at Emerald Reef.
Along with Turkey and Portugal, the final of the event has been staged in Spain and Italy. The switch to Grand Exuma sees a return to the Bahamas, the tournament having been played there between 1986-88.
There will be £30,000 professional prize fund while the 16 teams who qualify for the final will be treated to very best in hospitality as the Emerald Bay is the very first ‘all butler’ resort.
In addition it has two pools, five bars, a spa, a world class marina and accommodation with stunning ocean views.
The quest to reach the grand final begins at the first of the 16 regional qualifiers at Saunton, Devon in May.