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David Boote joins Blackstar

BlackStar Sports are delighted to announce the signing of 23 year old David Boote from Wales. David turns professional this week after playing for GB & I last week at the Walker Cup, and will make his debut at the Irish Challenge on the PGA European Challenge Tour,

The Stanford graduate has had an impressive amateur career, reaching a career high of 24 in the Official World rankings.

Jeremy Robinson of BlackStar said, " We are delighted to have signed David, this year he has played in the Walker Cup and narrowly missed out on qualifying for both the Open Championship and also the US Open, he begins a new chapter now in his golfing career and we hope that we can help him achieve his goals as a tournament professional "

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Bridgestone Challenge

With just over 1 week to go until the 2017 Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo Golf Hotel & Spa Pre Event registration is still available at www.blackstagolf.net. Every fan who pre registers for the event and attends one of the tournament days will be entitled to claim vouchers with a value of up to £200, and this includes a FREE round of golf at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa.

Each day of the event has a " theme " to it, Thursday September 7th is Schools Day, September 8th will be Ladies Day, where every lady who attends the event will be entitled to a FREE glass of wine, Saturday is Family Day and the Sunday September 10th will be " Championship Day ".

The Bridgestone Challenge will be the first PGA European Challenge Tour to use a Modified Stableford Scoring system with the player at the end of the week with the most stableford points becoming the champion, this will hopefully encourage the players to take more risks with the emphasis been on making birdies and eagles during the 4 day event.

For up to date information please visit Blackstargolf.net

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Germany and Sweden for BlackStar golfers

Stuart Manley and Michael Hoey both play in the Porsche European Open in Germany this week. Robert Karlsson hosts his own event this week on the Challenge Tour, where Oliver Farr, Martin Rohwer, Rhys Enoch and Richard James are competing.

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Manley plays in the Open

Stuart Manley makes his debut at the 146th Open Championship this week at Royal Birkdale, Stuart qualified for the event courtesy of finishing 2nd at the 2017 Joburg Open earlier this year on the European Tour.

Stuart who is sponsored by Worcestershire based ClickFit also teams up for the Open with Gateley PLC.

Follow Stuart's progress on twitter @blackstarsports

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The Club are appointed as Official Media partner to the Bridgestone Challenge

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Blackstar Sporting Events Ltd are delighted to announce The Club as the Bridgestone Challenge's official media partner.

The Challenge Tour event will be played at the stunning Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa near Luton from September 7-10, with a pre-tournament Pro Am on September 6th 2017 and will showcase some of Europe's finest up and coming golfers.

Uniquely the tournament will be a modified stableford format and  entry to the event  will be totally free. Not only that but every fan who turns up will be eligible for £200 worth of vouchers, which includes a free round of golf  on the fantastic Luton Hoo course!

Jeremy Robinson Director at Blackstar said: "We're delighted to partner with The Club. Golf media is changing and these guys are at the forefront. In 2017 people are on social media and these guys are the biggest in golf, in Europe.

"The tournament will have some fantastic players on show and the fact that every fan coming to the event can sign up for the fantastic vouchers  we think is a great offer. We just needed to get that message out and there is nobody better placed to do this than The Club."

Last year's Bridgestone Challenge was won by Belgian Thomas Detry by an incredible 12 shots and he is already making waves on the European Tour and tipped for very big things.

Ryan Curtis, founder of The Club said: "We're buzzing to partner up with this event. They're trying a new format, it's free and easy to get to and you even get a totally free round of golf on a great course. I actually don't know why any golf fan wouldn't pop down!

"I went out to Oman for the Challenge Tour season ending event out there and realised just how good these young lads are...like really good. You get great access to the players and it's cool to be 'in the know' about the new superstars

To get tickets and to be eligible for £200 worth of vouchers including the free round of golf at Luton Hoo simply register at https://www.blackstargolf.net/bridgestone-challenge/prize-draw-registration.

 

 

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Pre Event registration now open for spectators for the 2017 Bridgestone Challenge

The 2017 Bridgestone Challenge is now only 8 weeks away, golf fans can now register for £200 of vouchers, which includes a FREE round of golf at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa and FREE entry to the event. In addition to this offer there will be a Prize Draw on Sunday September 10th for all spectators who attend any day of the event, prizes will include a nights accomodation at Luton Hoo Hotel, a set of tyres from Bridgestone, wine from Bordeaux Undiscovered.

Come and watch some of the future stars of world golf, players such as Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and " Beef " have all gradutaed from the PGA European Challenge Tour in recent years.

Registration is at https://www.blackstargolf.net/bridgestone-challenge/prize-draw-registration

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Rohwer makes his debut on the 2017 Challenge Tour

23 year old Martin Rohwer from South Africa makes his debut on the 2017 PGA European Challenge Tour at the Hauts de France Golf Open, he is joined in the field by fellow BlackStar players, Chris Selfridge, Ben Robinson, Rhys Enoch, Michael Hoey and Richard James.

Martin turned professional at the end of last year, having graduarted from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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Austria and Belgium for BlackStar golfers

This week the European Tour goes to Austria for the Lyoness Open Powered By Organic, the Welsh duo of Stuart Manley and Oliver Farr are both playing this event. Manley is currently in the top 100 of the Race To Dubai after his 2nd place finish at the Joburg Open earlier in the season, and Ollie is coming of the back of a 4th place at the Czech Challenge 2 weeks ago.

The Challenge Tour is in Belgium for the KPMG Trophy at the famous Royal Waterloo GC. Richard James returns to action for only his 2nd event of the season after having surgery earlier in the year. Also playing is Michael Hoey from Glagorm Castle,who has already had 3 top 10 finishes on both the European Tour and the Challenge Tour this year, he is joined by fellow country man Chris Selfridge. Ben Robinson from Worcester GCC and Welshman Rhys Enoch are also in the field.

Follow live scoring on both events at www.europeantour.com

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Maisey and Edwards qualify for Bridgestone Challenge

Sean Maisey won the qualifying event for the 2017 Bridgestone Challenge at Redditch Golf Club, Sam Edwards gained the second qualifying place when he won through in a play off with Devon's Jimmy Mullen.

The event was played using a modified stableford system, where an eagle gained 5 points, a birdie got 2 points. Sean Maisey made 2 eagles in his round. 

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Hoey and Manley both finish tied 11th in Sicily.

Michael Hoey and Stuart Manley both finished on 8 under par at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily. Hoey opened with a round of 61, and followed this with 68, 75 and a final round of 72. Manley shout 68,66,73 and 69.

The event was won in a play-off by Spain's Alvaro Quiros

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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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Jeremy Robinson

Director

BlackStar Golf

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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.

                                                                     

                                                            

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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.”

For more information, contact Jeremy Robinson on 01905 670516  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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