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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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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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Challenge Tour moves in to final stages

The 2016 Challenge Tour goes to Kazakhstan this week for the biggest prize money event on the tour, the first prize of £60,000 virtually guarantees a player of a full European Tour card for 2017. There are only 5 events left now before the end of season Race To Oman event, where at the conclusion of thet the top 15 players are granted full staus on the 2017 race To Dubai.

Chris Selfridge, who is currently 42nd and Ollie Farr who is 27th on the current list are both playing at the impressive Zhailjau Golf Resort,Almaty.

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Hoey and Manley make a solid start in Germany

Michael Hoey and Stuart Manley make a solid start at the Porsche European Open, Hoey opened up with a 4 under par 67, while Stuart manley had a 2 under par 69.

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Fraser Opens with a 70 in Italian Open

Marcus Fraser opens up with a 1 under par 70 in the first round of the Italian Open.

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Holland and Ireland are this weeks stops on the European and European Challenge Tours.

Marcus Fraser, Stuart Manley and Micheal Hoey are all playing at the KLM Dutch Open at the custom built Dutch GC, 

Exciting times this week for The Dutch, as it hosts its first European Tour event having only opened its doors in 2011.

A member of the prestigious network of European Tour Destinations, The Dutch’s signature Championship course was designed by Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup-winning Captain Colin Montgomerie, in conjunction with European Golf Design.

The Challenge Tour returns to Mount Wolseley for the second year for the Volopa Irish Challeneg, where Chris Selfridge, Brian Casey, Rhys Enoch and Jimmy Mullen are all competing.

 

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Watch the Bridgestone Challenge on Sky Sports 4 tonight

An hour highlights show will be on Sky Sports 4 tonight at 10.30pm

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DriveGuard to inflate Bridgestone’s biggest golf event

The world’s number one tyre and rubber company is organising all manner of exciting activities for adults and children alike, to coincide with its sponsorship of the Bridgestone Challenge golf event at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, from August 25 to 28.

A number of opportunities to experience DriveGuard – which won the Auto Express 2016 product of the year – will be made available away from the course, in what the company hopes will be the first of its kind where all four tyres are fully deflated beforehand.

Bridgestone DriveGuard has been described as a ‘game changing product’ as it not only allows motorists to drive for 50 miles at speeds up to 50mph following a puncture, but is also the first tyre of its kind which is not restricted to a factory fitment on specific brands or car models.

In addition, DriveGuard offers best in class performance with no compromise on wet or rolling resistance as supported by the excellent EU tyre Label values (A for Wet Performance and C for Rolling Resistance).

The company is hoping to entice thousands of spectators to its Bridgestone Challenge event near Chipping Norton and is pulling out all the stops to create a spectacle to remember, both on and off the course.

The Challenge Tour is one step down from the full professional European Tour and gives some of the most talented amateur players a platform to progress onto the professional circuit, following in the footsteps of the likes of Luke Donald, Justin Rose and 2016 Open winner Henrik Stenson.

The decision to create the Bridgestone Challenge at Heythrop Park represents a significant change from more commonplace sports partnerships in the tyre industry, with Bridgestone keen to create a stage for emerging players to realise their dreams and play the game on the highest stage.

Not only this, but Bridgestone wants to create an event for all the family, where children can enjoy a series of activities outside the golf course, within the stunning Heythrop Park grounds.

Bridgestone’s north region consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We would love to see a great number of people at our Bridgestone Challenge event.

“Not only does this represent a unique platform for emerging golfers to make a big name for themselves, but it will also be a huge celebration of what we are as a business.

“Driving demonstrations, live music and various fun and games for children are also being put in place in the hope of leaving a lasting impression with families from across Oxfordshire and beyond.

“Heythrop Park is a stunning location and we are thrilled to be staging an event here, in such a beautiful part of the world.”

Alain de Soultrait, Challenge Tour Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Bridgestone and are excited to be bringing the Challenge Tour back to England, aided by the support of England Golf.

“The Challenge Tour offers the best way for talented young golfers to develop their professional game and a large number of our recent success stories have been English players.

“Not only this, but Bridgestone is looking to create an all-encompassing event on the perimeters of the course to make the event even more memorable.

“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 August.”

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Fraser plays in Rio

Not since 1904 has golf been part of the Olympics, but this year in Rio golf returns on to the Olympic schedule. Marcus Fraser, with Scott Hend, will be representing Australia this week at the purpose built Olympic Golf Course. The event starts on Thursday and is a 72 Hole tournament, ending on Sunday afternoon.

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66 Final Round For Ollie Farr

Ollie Farr produced a stunning best of the day round of 66 in the Swedish Challenge,but eventually lost out in a 3 way play-off with England's Ben Stow and the tournament winner Joel Stalter.

After all three made par at the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, it was Stalter who raised his game, hitting an exquisite second shot for a birdie chance which he took full advantage of.
 
Ollie now has moved to 21st in the Race To Oman, the top 15 at the end of the season gain full playing status on the 2017 PGA European Tour.
 
The Challenge Tour remains in Scandanavia this week with the Finish Challenge, where BlackStar are represented by Ollie, Rhys Enoch, Brian Casey and former Walker cup player Jimmy Mullen
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