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Manley partners with Click Fit

                                                                                             

 

Stuart Manley announces partnership with Click Fit Blinds.

Stuart Manley has today announced that he will be partnering with Click Fit Blinds. Stuart will display the Click Fit logo on the chest of his clothing as he competes around the world this year on the European Tour; this includes the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

Stuart has made a solid start to the 2017 season on the European Tour and is currently 88th on the Race to Dubai rankings. His best finish has been 2nd position at the Joburg Open, this result also gave Stuart an exemption in to the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

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The Welsh star will compete this week at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicilly. Click Fit is part of  Alutrade Products Ltd, based in Worcestershire, Stuart said “I am delighted to have teamed up with Click Fit and hopefully our partnership can be a benefit to everyone. My season has gone well so far, and I am obviously really looking forward to the Open in July”

David Clark, Managing Director of Click Fit said “We are very much looking forward to building a relationship with Stuart as we launch our new brand, hopefully some of our customers will be able to go and watch Stuart play at some of the events across Europe “

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New Partner Packages Available for The 2017 Bridgestone Challenge

 

New Partner packages have today been released by Blackstar Sporting Events Ltd for the 2017 Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa.

The 2017 Bridgestone Challenge will be staged at the magnificent Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa on September 7 – 10, 2017 with the pre-event Pro Am taking place on September 6.

Bridgestone Tyres will continue to be the title sponsor of the event, along with their continued involvement in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Wim Belckx, Bridgestone’s north region consumer marketing manager said: “The Bridgestone Challenge is a cornerstone of our sponsorship plans for 2017. We look forward once again to hosting the Challenge Tour’s rising stars, together with our Chase Your Dream Trophy finalists playing in the Pro-Am on the Wednesday. The public will be treated to four fabulous days of competition, plus lots of other attractions in the beautiful setting of Luton Hoo. Bridgestone welcomes golf fans and families alike for some great, free days out in September”

                                        

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is a luxurious 5 star hotel that boasts a championship golf course and magnificent spa set in over 1,000 acres of stunning parkland and gardens; it is within half an hour of London’s Kings Cross Station and close proximity to motorway networks.

Details of available Partner Packages can be found at www.blackstargolf.net or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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Bridgestone Challenge To Use Modified Stableford Scoring System

                                                                                                

The Bridgestone Challenge will break new ground by becoming the first European Challenge Tour tournament to use a modified stableford format when the Road to Oman arrives at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa later this year.

From September 7-10, Europe’s most up and coming golfers will swap traditional stroke play for the innovative format which awards players points for under par scores and deducts points for over par scores.

For example, those making a birdie will gain two points but will lose one point for making a bogey – while players making par will receive a score of zero. ( See points table below )

Modified stableford, which last featured on the European Tour in the 2004 ANZ Championship, is not the only innovation on the Challenge Tour this season, with match play golf returning to Europe’s top developmental tour for the first time in 1years at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9.

This year will see the second staging of the Bridgestone Challenge, with Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa playing host to a Challenge Tour tournament for the first time.

                                                                     

                                                            

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Jeremy Robinson, Director of Golf at BlackStar Sports, said: “ We are delighted to be introducing a different format of scoring for the Bridgestone Challenge, hopefully this modified Stableford system will encourage attacking and exciting golf with the rewards for birdies and eagles “

Alain de Soultrait, Challenge Tour Director, said: “The Challenge Tour is always looking to grow the game of golf and to make the sport exciting for both spectators and our players.

“With the introduction of a modified stableford format at the Bridgestone Challenge, and the return of match play golf for the first time in 1years in Andalucía, we are aiming for a varied schedule which challenges our players while inspiring the next generation.  

“We are delighted to visit a new venue in Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa and we must thank Bridgestone for all their support as the way they are helping to grow the game in England is fantastic – we hope this will lead to more Challenge Tour success stories in the future.”

 

Bridgestone Challenge Stableford System.

 

Double Bogey or worse a player loses 3 points

Bogey a player loses 1 point

Par player loses/gains 0 points

Birdie a player gains 2 points

Eagle a player gains 5 points

Albatross a player gains 7 points

 

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Luke Johnson signs with BlackStar Golf

Luke Johnson, who represents King's Lynn GC has today signed with BlackStar Golf. The 24 year old, who won the West Of England Trophy in 2015 and turned Professional at the beginning of 2016 said, "I am delighted to have joined BlackStar Golf, and I am sure with their help I can move forward with my career "

Luke won his first Professional event in December last year on the Gecko Tour shooting 7 under par to win by 3 shots.

Jeremy Robinson said " We are very pleased to have Luke join us, he adds to some already very good young players we now have, and I am sure that they can all progress in 2017 and hopefully achieve great things in the future on the European Tour"

 

More information on Luke can be found at http://www.blackstargolf.net/players/luke-johnson 

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Martin Rohwer finishes 2nd at the Sunshine Tour Q school

Martin Rohwer had scores of 72,69,69,65 and 67 to finish 2nd at the 2017 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School last week at Randpark GC in Jonhannebourg, this follows on from his victory at the Pre Qualifying stage the previous week.

Martin, will now play the first 5 events on the Sunshine Tour starting with the 2017 Zimbabwe Open in April, he will come over to Europe in June to play on the PGA European Challenge Tour.

 

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Hoey finishes 8th at Indian Open

Michael Hoey from Galgorm Castle shot rounds of 71,71,71 and 75 for a final total of level par and an 8th place finish at the Indian Open.

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Martin Rohwer wins Sunshine Tour's Q School Stage 1

Martin Rohwer shot rounds of 64,71,68 and 67 to finish 10 under par to win the Sunshine's Tour Stage 1 at Q School in South Africa. Martin, who turned professional at the end of 2016 after graduating from the University of Alabama now moves on to the Final School which is played over 5 rounds, starting on Monday. The top 30 players gain a full exemption on to the 2017 Sunshine Tour.

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Manley Finishes 2nd in the 2017 Joburg Open

Stuart Manley shot a final round 67, which included a brilliant birdie-birdie finish to tie for 2nd place with Paul Waring from England in the 2017 Joburg Open, 1 shot behind the eventual winner Darren Fichardt from South Africa. Manley had 3 rounds of 67 to finish on 14 under par in the rain shortened event.

Manley moves up to 42nd in the latest Race To Dubai ranking list, and also qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, as the Joburg Open was an Official R & A qualifying event.

 

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2018 Bridgestone Challenge will again be hosted at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.

 

 

2018 Bridgestone Challenge will again be at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.

The 2018 Bridgestone Challenge will be staged at the magnificent Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa on September 6 – 9, 2018 with the pre-event Pro Am taking place on September 5.

This will be the third staging of the Bridgestone Challenge, and the second time a European Challenge Tour tournament will be played at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is a luxurious 5 star hotel that boasts a championship golf course and magnificent spa set in over 1,000 acres of stunning parkland and gardens; it is within half an hour of London’s Kings Cross Station and close proximity to motorway networks.

Matthew Long, General Manager at Luton Hoo said: “We are delighted to be hosting the  Bridgestone Challenge for a second consecutive year this September. We thoruughly enjoyed being part of the European Challenge Tour schedule last year, and are looking forward to being involved again in 2018, in an even bigger and better event”

                                             

Bridgestone Tyres will continue to be the title sponsor of the event, along with their continued involvement in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Andy Matthias, Bridgestone’s north region consumer marketing manager said: “The Bridgestone Challenge is a cornerstone of our sponsorship plans for 2018. We look forward once again to hosting the Challenge Tour’s rising stars, together with our Chase Your Dream Trophy finalists playing in the Pro-Am on the Wednesday. The public will be treated to four fabulous days of competition, plus lots of other attractions in the beautiful setting of Luton Hoo. Bridgestone welcomes golf fans and families alike for some great, free days out in September”

Alain de Soultrait, Challenge Tour Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Bridgestone again in 2018 and are excited to build on the success of last year’s event; we are also very pleased to return Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa on to the Challenge Tour schedule.

“The Challenge Tour is the best path for young players looking to make their way in the professional game, and we have seen many great English players come through our ranks.

“Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter are both former Challenge Tour stars, while Tommy Fleetwood, Andrew Johnston and Jordan Smith have all finished top of our Rankings in recent years.

“The commitment Bridgestone are showing to encourage the growth of the game in England will hopefully lead to similar success stories in future years and there is no better place for talented youngsters to come and be inspired than the Bridgestone Challenge in September.”

Jeremy Robinson, Director of Blackstar Sporting Events, who stage the event is delighted that the Bridgestone Challenge will again be heading to this grand venue, and is excited to be working with Matthew Long and his team at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa.

Jeremy Robinson said: “I would like to thank Bridgestone for their continued support and patronage; I would also like to thank our partners England Golf, who continue to back the event, and promote the Bridgestone Challenge to affiliated golf clubs in the area.”

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About Bridgestone

Bridgestone North Region, with headquarters in Warwick, is responsible for managing the tyre business in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark through its own sales companies. In addition, it provides tyres in Norway through an exclusive distributor. Bridgestone North Region is part of Bridgestone EMEA (headquarters in Brussels), which is one of the six strategic business units of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation - the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. In EMEA, it operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18,200 employees. Across the EMEA region it boasts 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a state-of-the-art proving ground in Rome.

About Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

Luton Hoo is a luxury five star hotel on the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire border, with an 18 hole golf course and a magnificent spa set in over 1,000 acres of stunning parkland & gardens. It is part of Elite Hotels.

www.lutonhoo.co.uk 

Blackstar Sporting Events Ltd

BlackStar Sporting Events Ltd is a bespoke events company based at Worcester Golf Club, and also manages Professional Golfers through BlackStar Golf Ltd.

www.blackstargolf.net 

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Martin Rohwer secures first Professional victory

KwaZulu-Natal golfer Martin Rohwer backed up a superb eagle at Killarney Country Club’s 15th with three straight pars to collect his first IGT Challenge Tour trophy in the Race to Q-School series on Thursday.

The 23-year-old rookie from Kloof posted the low round of the day – a four-under-par 66 – in the 15th event of the Sunshine Tour Prep Series to close out a one shot victory on seven under over seasoned campaigner Coert Groenewald.

Rohwer began the last day two off the pace, but closed the gap on joint overnight leader Dean O’Riley with a pair of birdies at the second and seventh. He edged ahead briefly with a birdie at 10, but gave the shot back at 11 when he leaked his tee shot right into the trees.

A brief look at the on-course leaderboard at 15 sparked a great drive that flew straight down the middle of the par five and a superb seven iron into the green set Rohwer up for his maiden breakthrough.

“I hit a cracking tee-shot and the distance was just perfect,” he said. “I left myself a six footer for eagle and boxed the putt. Coert had the lead at six under, but the eagle gave me the lead.

“I thought he would make a birdie over the last three holes, so I played conservatively, although I hoped to pick up at least one more birdie. When I got 18, I saw he finished at six under, so I just made sure that I got the par for the win.

“It’s such a great feeling to get a win under the belt with Q-School just four weeks away. This is what I’ve been building towards for the last eight months.”

Rohwer began competing on the country’s premier golf development circuit after he graduated the University of Alabama at Birmingham last year. He credits Shaun Coetzee for his victory.

“I started working with Shaun at the Institute of Elite Golfers at Kloof Country Club about two months ago and I really feel his has helped me reach this point,” said Rohwer.

“My overall game is a lot more consistent, but I am also mentally better equipped and a stronger on the golf course. It’s nice to see some positive outcomes from the work we’ve been doing and hopefully I can keep building on this over the last three Race to Q-School events.”

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Mullen makes a solid start to 2017

Jimmy Mullen has made a solid start to 2017, with a 6th place and a 4th place finish in Portugal, on the Algarve Pro Tour.

Rounds of 67 and 74 in Jimmy's first event saw him finish 7th on 3 under par, and then in his second outing he shot 66 and 72 to finish 4th on 6 under.

Fellow BlackStar golfer Chris Selfridge shot 72 and 68 to finish 5th in the most recent event.

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Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

BlackStar Golf will be closed from Wednesday December 21st and will re-open on January 3rd, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Properous 2017.

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Farr finishes 2016 strongly in Australia

Ollie Farr from Burghill Valley GC, finished off  2016 by finishing tied 21st at the Australian PGA at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland, this event was the first event on the 2017 Race To Dubai. Rounds of 69,73,70 and 72 saw him finish on 4 under par.

Stuart Manley also made the cut in the event, finishing on 1 over par after rounds of 74,71,75 and 69.

American Harold Varner became the first US player to win the Australin PGA Championship since Hale Irwin in 1978

Michael Hoey who represents Galgorm Castle, played in Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, this event also counted towards to the 2017 Race To Dubai, rounds of 69,71,70 and 75 saw him finish T37, the event was won by South Africa's Brandon Stone

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2017 Race to Dubai starts this week in Australia and South Africa.

The 2017 Race To Dubai gets underway this week after only a 2 week break since the DP World Championship in Dubai closed the out the 2016 season. Michael Hoey plays in  the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the picturesque Leopard Creek GC in South Africa, the event is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour.

Stuart Manley and Oliver Farr are both playing in the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland. This event is also a co-sanctioned event with the Australasian PGA Tour. 

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Manley and Dredge to represent Wales in the World Cup Of Golf

Stuart Manley, fresh from regaining his full status for the 2017 European Tour at last weeks Q School, teams up with Bradley  Dredge to represent Wales at the World Cup Of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, starting on Thursday. The format for the event includes 2 rounds of foursomes and 2 rounds of 4 ball better ball. Manley is making his second appeareance in World Cup, having finished 8th as an individual in 2013, which was the last time the World Cup  was staged.

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Manley Regains European Tour Card for 2017.

Stuart Manley shot rounds of 72, 63, 73, 69, 74 and 70 to regain his European Tour card for the 2017 season, by finishing 16th at the European Q School at PGA Catalunya in Spain.

Stuart now heads to Australia to represent Wales with Bradley Dredge at the World Cup Of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne.

 

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Challenge Tour Grand Final - Oman

This week sees the final event on the 2016 Challenge Tour schedule, with the NBO Classic Grand Final at Al Mouj Golf,Muscat,Oman.

Oliver Farr goes in to the event in 33rd position in the latest rankings, the top 16 players gain full status on to the 2017 European Tour, and players finishing 16 - 46 gain full membership of the European Tour, but this will only give a player limited events on the main tour next season.

The second stage of the 2016 European Qualifying School  is also played this week at 4 different venues across Spain, the Final Q School then starts on November 11th at PGA Catalunya, where the top 25 players also graduate on to the 2017 European Tour.

  

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Challenge Tour Grand Final spots up for grabs

Now the regular season of the PGA European Tour has  finished, the spotlight moves to the Challenge Tour which this week heads to the UAE for the Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge, this event is making its debut on the Challenge Tour Schedule. After the conclusion of this tournament the top 45 players on the rankings head to Oman next week for the season ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, where the top 15 players from the 2016 Order Of Merit gain full status on the lucrative 2017 Race To Oman.

BlackStar Golf have 3 players competing this week at Al Hamra GC, Ollie Farr. Chris Selfridge and Ryhs Enoch. Follow their progress via www.europeantour.com

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Portugal and China for BlackStar Golfers

Stuart Manley and Michael Hoey both are playing at the 10th edition of the Portugal Masters at the Victoria Clube de Golfe, this is the last regular season event on the 2016 Race to Dubai.

Ollie Farr, who is currently 29th on the Challenge Tour's Road to Oman  plays in the $500,000 Foshan Open in China. There are now 3 events left in 2016 on the Challenge Tour, with the top 15 players gaining full status on the 2017 Race to Dubai after the season ending Grand Final in Oman.

 

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Enoch finishes Tied 4th on Challenge Tour

Rhys Enoch shot 65, 71,73 and 70 to finish on 8 under par for T4th in the Terre Dei Console Open in Italy on the Challenge Tour.

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