The European Seniors Tour is delighted to announce that Midas Group will continue as title sponsor of the English Seniors Open, which this year will see England’s Carl Mason seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the tournament at St Mellion International Hotel Golf & Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall from August 17-19.
The 2007 Midas Group English Seniors Open, which will be played over 54 holes on the Nicklaus Course at St Mellion, will carry a prize fund of £150,000 and, aside from the defending champion, former Ryder Cup players Gordon J Brand of England, Eamonn Darcy of Ireland and Spain’s Josà© Rivero are some of the leading contenders to have also entered the event.
Mason won the English Seniors Open in 2003 and 2004 on his way to topping the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit in both years, before completing the hat-trick when the tournament returned to the Seniors Tour Schedule after a year hiatus.
By finishing with a winning 54 hole total of four under par 212, one stroke better than Australian Stewart Ginn, Mason became the first golfer to successfully win the same European Seniors Tour event three times in succession.
“As a proud Englishman I was delighted win a third English Seniors Open title at St Mellion and I can not wait to get back there again.
“The support of Midas Group helped to create a wonderful tournament last year, so I speak for all the players when I say we are delighted to have them as principal sponsor once more,” said Mason, who recently captured his 15th title in four years on the European Seniors Tour when he won the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open.
Midas Group is one of the UK’s fastest growing, independent providers of property solutions, offering a complete range of construction and property related services for every industry sector. It is based in Exeter and has offices across the West Country.
Murdo Mace, managing director of Midas Construction, said, “We are delighted to extend our association with such a prestigious event.It not only gives us a chance to showcase Midas Group to a national audience but also to play a role in helping to boost the profile of Cornwall as a major, international sporting location.”
Peter Manby, chief executive officer of Crown Golf, which is promoting the tournament for a second year, said, “St Mellion International Hotel Golf & Country Club proved to be a perfect venue for last year’s English Seniors Open, both on and off the course, and along with the European Seniors Tour and Midas Group we are focused on producing another first-class tournament in keeping with England’s national Seniors title.”
Crown Golf is Europe’s largest owner and operator of Golf Clubs. The company has a total of 56 courses at 32 separate clubs in the UK. Its portfolio caters for all golfing abilities, from entry level to championship standard.
The St Mellion International Hotel Golf & Country Club was opened in 1976. Set in 450 acres of rolling countryside, St Mellion has two courses and is undisputedly one of the finest golf resorts in the United Kingdom. The Nicklaus Course officially opened in July 1988 and was the first golf course Jack Nicklaus designed in the United Kingdom.
The resort will be transformed over the next five years following the granting of planning permission to construct an eighty bedroom hotel and 265 new golf homes. Once these works are complete the resort will be able to host international golf events of the highest quality.