Bank Frick & Co, a private bank in Liechtenstein with additional offices in London, have agreed to continue their sponsorship of Welsh duo Oliver Farr and Stuart Manley.
Ollie has enjoyed fantastic progression over the past three years, winning the 2013 EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, this qualified him for the notoriously tough European Challenge Tour. Victory in the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open, along with 5 other top 10 finishes finally saw him graduate in 10th position onto the 2015 PGA European Tour.
“ I would like to thank the Frick Family, Stefan Rauti and Hubert Buechel of Bank Frick on behalf of myself and Stuart for continuing to support us in 2015, it will be our third season representing Bank Frick on the tour, and hopefully we will both have a successful year “
Stuart, who was runner-up to Miguel Jimenez in the 2013 Hong Kong Open, will divide his time in 2015 between the PGA European Tour and the Challenge Tour.
Stefan Rauti, head of Bank Frick & Co in London, said “This will be our 3rd year of been associated with Ollie and Stuart, and along with our clients across Europe we very much look forward to following the guy’s progress in 2015.”
As the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone knows a thing or two about driving further, which is why it has opted to sponsor one of the game’s most exciting young golfers in his breakthrough professional season.
Bridgestone will be partnering with Worcester’s Oliver Farr as he embarks on his debut year on the coveted European Tour, where he is competing with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els.
The 26 year-old, whose home course is the Worcester Golf and Country Club, can now look ahead with an added element of confidence, having the support of such a huge brand.
Ollie, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past three years to win the EuroPro Tour before qualifying from the notoriously tough European Challenge Tour, is delighted to be on board with Bridgestone tyres as he seeks future glory.
He said: “It is big boost to be recognised by Bridgestone tyres, and I am very excited about the sponsorship.
“I am really looking forward to representing such a fantastic company and I can’t wait to help raise the profile of the brand and bring our links with golf closer to the automotive world.”
Bridgestone is planning a number of golf themed events and activities in 2015 and sees Ollie as the ideal young personality to push the company’s premium products to a vibrant new audience who enjoy a round themselves.
Bridgestone’s consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We already boast a great brand presence in the world of golf and we now want to build upon this with a sponsorship that brings our range of tyres closer to golfers’ minds.”
As well as sporting Bridgestone’s tyre logo on his golf shirts and jumpers, Ollie’s experiences will be featured on Bridgestone’s social networking channels, which should create more interaction and ultimately lead to more followers.
Farrell added: “We feel that we can really leverage this sponsorship in a number of exciting ways.
“Instead of just embossing our logo on a shirt, we want to make our partnership work in a number of innovative methods.
“Moreover, we want golfers to think of our premium range of tyres and create a sporting association that is synonymous with our portfolio of products.
LONDON, UK (24th February 2015) Having reached a career-high world ranking of 51st in February 2013, European Tour ace Marcus Fraser was plagued by a persistent wrist injury. By the start of 2014, he finally submitted to surgery and after considerable rehabilitation returned in November 2014 at the Hong Kong Open.
Fraser’s ranking had slipped to 292nd and there was uncertainty over how the wrist would respond to the rigours of tournament golf and increased practise, but the results since his comeback have been impressive. The Australian has secured three top five finishes in 11 events – most recently tying for third in the Hero Indian Open in Delhi last weekend – and only missed one cut.
Finishing runner-up in the Thailand Open in December qualified the 36-year-old for the Open Championship at St Andrews in July and he’s currently placed 37th in the 2015 Race to Dubai and has moved back up the world rankings to 156th.
Speaking from his Melbourne home where he has returned for a break before April’s PGA European Tour in China, Fraser said: “So far things have gone very well – possibly better than expected.
“It was always going to be hard to tell how my wrist would react when back playing full-time and how I would play after such a long lay-off, but to be where I am after 11 events, and having already qualified for the Open Championship at St Andrews in July is very pleasing. I am now really looking forward to the upcoming events in Europe this summer.”
Marcus Fraser ended 2014 on a high following an eight month lay-off due to a wrist injury with a brilliant runner up spot to the eventual winner Lee Westwood at The Thailand Golf Championships.
Fraser only played four tournaments at the start of the year in the Middle East before undergoing surgery for an injury that first surfaced in the summer of 2013.
Complications following surgery on his left hand in February demanded further treatment, subsequently Fraser eventually only returned to action late on in the year at the Hong Kong Open.
Medical experts used a radical technique that involved taking the two-time European tour winner’s own blood, separating the plasma, and pumping it back into the hand and forearm to deal with what they believe is a form of tendonitis.
Fraser said “It started at the Open Championship last year and I had a couple of cortisone injections but each time it worked for just a couple of months and wore off, surgery was the only option, especially for the long-term”
Marcus eventually returned to action at the European Tour’s penultimate regular season event in Hong Kong, where he remarkably finished in a tie for 5th place. Another very solid performance followed the week after at the Perth International with a 15th place finish.
Heading to Thailand, one of Fraser’s main goals was to take advantage of the 4 Open Championship exemptions for 2015, in addition to finishing runner up in a high quality field, his goal was achieved and Fraser is now exempt in to the Open Championship in July 2015.
Fraser said of qualifying for the Open Championship “The Open at St Andrews was the first major I ever played. I was jumping out of my skin on the first tee but hopefully I will be calmer next year”
After 8 months out from injury the 35 year old from Melbourne has completed a fantastic return to tournament golf, and is already climbing back up the World Rankings (currently 171). After an uncertain 2014 Marcus heads into 2015 with renewed confidence, not only with his form on the course, but also with the knowledge that his injury is hopefully a thing of the past.
Oliver Farr plays his first European Tour event, tomorrow at the picturesque Leopard Creek GC, South Africa; the first full field on the 2015 Race to Dubai schedule.
Farr, sponsored by Bromsgrove based Curo Chartered Accountants and Bank Frick turned professional in 2011. Farr rose through the professional ranks with a very impressive results list. In 2013 he played the UK based PGA EuroPro Tour – he played 19 events, winning twice, including the end of season Tour Championship and he recorded 5 further top 5 finishes to win the 2013 EuroPro ranking.
This ranking gained him full membership of the PGA European Challenge Tour for 2014, where he established himself by winning the 2014 Turkish Airlines Challenge in only his 4th event.
In addition to his win Farr had 4 further top 5 finishes, and made 16 cuts out of 22 events played. These results elevated Farr to move up the Official World Rankings in 2014 to a career high of 249, having started the year at 1503.
Farr, who is coached by his father Graham, the head PGA Professional at Worcester GC is looking forward to getting started, but realises there is a lot of hard work still to be done to establish himself as a tournament professional,
“I’ve got work to do in the winter months as I’m already planning just how to improve my game, but I’ve got a working formula that seems to be going well.”
Farr plans on playing approximately 28 events in 2015, which will take him all over the world, hopefully finishing in Dubai in November 2015 at the lucrative 2015 Race to Dubai World Championship.