Sun shines for the highly successful Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship Finals held at Carden Park.
The award winning hotel, golf resort and spa near Chester played host to more than 150 PGA qualifiers over four days who competed to win the £78,000 prize fund.
Gareth Wright from West Linton Golf Club in Scotland was declared the winner over 72 holes with an impressive result of 17 under par.
The PGA championship pitches the skills of club professionals from the UK and Ireland against one another in a series of regional qualifiers, culminating in the grand final which, this year, was played at Carden Park.
The event also has added significance because through a points system it decides the Great Britain & Ireland team to play America in the PGA Cup, which is the club pros equivalent of the Ryder Cup. Representing GB&I in the PGA Cup ranks as one of the pinnacles of a club professional’s career – a special week in the life of a club pro where the cream of home pros line up against the very best of America’s.
Down the years, the championship has been played at some of golf’s most famous courses including Royal Birkdale, Turnberry, Royal St David’s, Carnoustie and Prince’s, reflecting the prestige and standing of the tournament.
Hamish Ferguson, general manager of De Vere Carden Park, said: “We had fantastic weather and a great turnout for the tournament, held on our famous Nicklaus Course. It was an honour to join the illustrious list of venues that have hosted the championships and to show caseCardenParkon an international stage.”
Earlier this year Carden was named Best Golf Resort / Hotel in the North of England in the Today’s Golfer Travel Awards 2011, voted for by golfers.
Situated within a breathtaking country estate, golfers at Carden Park have a wealth of facilities to enjoy including the two stunning championship courses – The Nicklaus Course and the Cheshire Course – and a driving range with 13 covered and eight uncovered bays. The four star hotel boasts 196 luxury bedrooms and suites, award winning restaurants and a sumptuous spa as well as a host of outdoor activities.
Carden Park www.cardenpark.co.uk/golf