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De Vere Wychwood Park hosts European Tour Qualifying School
September 24, 2012

De Vere Wychwood Park plays host to the first stage of European Tour qualifying school for the third consecutive year this week, following the success of the event over previous years. The 7,213 yard championship course has provided a stern test for some of Europe's best prospects since 2010, and will once again welcome leading professionals and amateurs between 18-21 September. Amongst those trying to gain their European Tour card for next season and competing at Wychwood Park is 2011 Walker Cup players, Paul Cutler, Michael Stewart, and 2012 British Amateur Champion, Alan Dunbar. They are joined in the field by promising amateurs James Frazer, Craig Hinton, who competed in the 2011 Open Championship, and two-time Brabazon Trophy champion (English Men's Strokeplay Championship) Neil Raymond. The diversity of the field is testament to De Vere Wychwood Park's growing championship credentials and is highlighted by the wide-range of international players in the field, with players from 12 different nations teeing it up in the first round today.

The tournament also marks the final event of a successful season of professional events at the Cheshire-based venue, following on from the Veka and Network Veka UK Open on the EuroPro Tour, and regional PGA events. The EuroPro Tour event was won by Cambridgeshire's Paul Maddy, who shot a stunning course record 62, on his way to victory. The outstanding condition of the course received high-acclaim from all of the players at the tournament.

"We are extremely proud to be chosen as hosts for the European Tour Qualifying School for the third consecutive year. It proves that the condition and standard of the course meets with the highest standards, and can meet the expectations of some of the world's best players," commented John Farmer, Director of Golf at Wychwood Park. "We're looking forward to welcoming some of the game's brightest talents, and wish them all the best of luck this week in their pursuit of a future on the European Tour."

Testing for players of all abilities, the championship course at Wychwood Park is one of 11 De Vere venues involved in the revolutionary De Vere Club. Offering golfers the opportunity to play at 16 courses across the country, the De Vere Club has set a new precedent for modern, flexible membership schemes. Priced at just £295 per year, its flexibility has given a wide appeal amongst families, businessmen and the avid golfer, with the membership experiencing a significant uptake over the last 18 months with over 8000 new members. Members not only have the choice of a variety of courses, but of some of the best venues in the UK.




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