Moor Allerton will host UK finale to 2016 EuroPro Tour season

Jordan Smith, who topped the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit for 2015 following a play-off victory at the season-ending Tour Championship in Desert Springs, Spain (Picture: Frank Coppi/HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour)
Jordan Smith, who topped the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit for 2015 following a play-off victory at the season-ending Tour Championship in Desert Springs, Spain (Picture: Frank Coppi/HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour)

MOOR ALLERTON is to stage the 72-hole Clipper Logistics Players Championship, the UK climax to the 2016 season of the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour, from September 21-24.

The Leeds course will see the curtain come down on the players' fight to secure a place in the Order of Merit top 60 and with it an invitation to October’s season-ending Tour Championship.

Army Golf Club in Hampshire and Caversham Heath in Reading will make their debuts as EuroPro venues with previous hosts East Sussex National and The Oxfordshire back to join a welter of top-class courses returning from 2015.

The 2016 season will kick off at Frilford Heath in May before heading to Burhill in Surrey.

June sees the tour visit Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire and Longhirst Hall in Northumberland. Back-to-back tournaments in Scotland kick off July at Montrose Golf Links and The Carrick on Loch Lomond, before the tour returns to Lee Westwood’s Close House.

In August the tour swings around the south of England with tournaments at Army Golf Club, Caversham Heath, East Sussex National and The Oxfordshire, with Hawkstone Park in Shropshire seeing the tour into September.

Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort in Glasgow then stages the third Scottish event of the season before the regular campaign comes to an end at Moor Allerton.

Daniel Godding, Director of Operations for the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour, said: “2015 was without a doubt our best season ever. We increased prize money, staged our first 72-hole event (at Moor Allerton), saw more players compete than ever before and had the level of the tour recognised by the Official World Golf Ranking, and our tournaments now carry World Ranking points.

“In 2016 we are building strongly on that success with an outstanding line-up of courses. Adding Army Golf Club, Caversham Heath, East Sussex National and The Oxfordshire to an already stellar list of venues means we are providing our players an even stronger schedule than ever before.

“The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour is all about development and the success of our members in 2015 speaks for how strong the tour now is. As well as our top five progressing to the Challenge Tour we saw members gain European and Challenge Tour cards through European Tour Q School last season and we are all excited to see who will make that jump this year.”

The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour is now accepting entries for Qualifying School, which will take place across six First Stage venues in March with successful players and those exempt to Final Stage competing at Frilford Heath in the first week of April.