Surrey resort Foxhills has hailed securing a five year extension to continue hosting the Senior PGA Professional Championship as ‘the icing on the cake’.
The leafy venue, which boasts the highly-rated Longcross and Bernard Hunt courses, staged the event earlier this year having first played host to the PGA’s grandees in 2014.
PGA Professional Chris Reeve, golf operations manager at Foxhills, is relishing the next five years given the players compete for the Bernard Hunt trophy over the course named after the former PGA and Ryder Cup captain.
“We could not be more pleased to get the tournament signed up here until 2020,” he said. “It’s fantastic that the Bernard Hunt trophy will continue to be competed for over the course that bears his name. I know from speaking to everyone here and at the PGA, including chief executive Sandy Jones, that everyone wanted to keep the tournament here.
“It’s great for us to showcase our facilities including both of our courses, and for us to stage one of the PGA’s biggest events. Our members are certainly happy to welcome the Seniors here and to both watch and get involved with the tournament as volunteers.
“We have done a lot of work on the courses and will do more over the course of the year to make them better and better. The Longcross has just got into a list of the UK’s top 100 courses and to secure this championship is the icing on the cake.”
A field of almost 200 players competed over Foxhills’ two courses in May, with Scot Fraser Mann lifting the title. Past winners of the championship, which was first competed for in 1995, include two-time Ryder Cup player Tommy Horton and European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner Paul Wesselingh.
Ben Groutage, Head of Tournaments at the PGA, said: “Foxhills has proved incredibly popular with the players and I am sure they will look forward competing there for the next five years.
“It has two excellent courses that are a good test and competing for the Bernard Hunt Trophy over the course that bears his name is very poignant.”
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