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Golf Notes January 12

Challenge Tour 2000 schedule announced

Europe's Challenge Tour will again include tournaments in Kenya, Slovenia, Russia and Finland this season.

The schedule includes 23 events worth around £2.5million, but that figure could rise to almost £3 millions if further negotiations are successful.

The total number of events is down, but part of the reason for that is a deliberate streamlining so tournaments do not clash.

"When the Challenge Tour began 12 years ago there were as many as three tournaments per week on some occasions," said director Alain de Soultrait.

"Our goal has always been to work towards a schedule of just one per week. This will, of course, mean a slight reduction in the total number of tournaments, but we feel this is the right direction to take to improve the quality of all our events."

Schedule:

March 9-12 Tusker Kenya Open, Muthaiga, Kenya

23-26 Spanish Challenge, tba

May 4-7 Credit Suisse Open, Patriziale Ascona, Switzerland

11-14 Alicante Challenge, tba

25-28 Muermans Estate Open, Herkenbosch, Holland

June 1-4 Danish Open 2000, Odense, Denmark

8-11 NCC Open, Soderasens, Sweden

22-25 BIL Luxembourg Open, Kikuoka, Luxembourg

29-Jul 2 Volcans Open, Volcans, France

July 6-9 Volvo Finnish Open, Espoo, Finland

13-16 BTC Slovenian Open, Bled, Slovenia

20-23 Guenther Hamburg Classic, Wendlohe, Germany

27-30 Beazer Homes Championship, Bowood, Wiltshire August

3-6 Russian Open, Moscow

10-13 Finnish Masters, Master, Finland

17-20 West of Ireland Open, Galway Bay

24-27 Rolex Trophy, Geneva, Switzerland

31-Sep 3 Formby Hall Challenge, Formby, Merseyside

September 14-17 Gula Sidorna Grand Prix, Ljunghusens, Sweden

19-22 Qualifying School Stage 1, UK and France

28-Oct 1 Galician Challenge, La Coruna, Spain

October 5-8 San Paolo Vita Open, Margara, Italy

12-15 Le Touquet Challenge, Le Touquet, France

31-Nov 3 Qualifying School Stage 2, Spain

November 2-5 Tour Grand Final, tba

17-23 Qualifying school final, San Roque, Spain

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