The PGA EuroPro Tour can confirm that the 2021 season will now begin with The IFX Championship at Harleyford Golf Club from May 26 to May 28, seeing the original first tournament of the season at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa pushed back to August, 11 – August 13.
The decision has been taken to push the season start date back two weeks to ensure the best possible experience for members of the tour, staff, guests, and spectators fitting in line with the UK government’s roadmap out of lockdown for England. The 2021 schedule will prove to be one of the most exciting to date with an increased prize fund of over £900,000 (€1-million) and five Challenge Tour cards on offer.
First place for an event has now increased to £12,500 per tournament with the winner at Tour Championships now receiving £25,000. To add to this, membership and entry fees have been frozen with the opportunity to take on former European Tour venues along with the drama people come to expect of the Tour.
The tour will travel the length and breadth of the UK encompassing some of the finest courses including a trip to the home of alumni Jonathan Caldwell at Clandeboye Golf Club in Northern Ireland and Castletown Golf Links on the Isle of Man where another tour graduate Tom Gandy resides.
Also NEW for 2021 is the introduction of Monday Qualifiers. Monday Qualifiers will give players a unique opportunity to secure a spot in main tournament fields by finishing in the top 5 of the 18-hole qualifier. The cost of entry will be £50 for Tour members and £75 for non-members, which will be subtracted from the £295 tournament entry fee if the player qualifies.
Existing entries into Luton Hoo have been transferred to the new date. Any member who cannot make the new date will be required to withdraw online via the players club account before the new closing date of 28th July. This is also the same procedure following the recent Castletown Golf Links date change to 15th – 17th September of which the closing date is 1st September.