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Green Lighting teams up with Oliver Farr and the 2018 Bridgestone Challenge.

Blackstar Golf today announced that the Worcestershire based lighting manufacturer Green Lighting are to become an Official partner to Oliver Farr in 2018 as he returns to the European Tour. Ollie finished 6th on the 2017 European Challenge Tour rankings to regain his full playing status. In addition they will also sponsor James Maw and Worcestershire's Ben Robinson.

In 2018 Oliver will play in approximately 30 events visiting more than 20 countries, the tour finishes at the DP World Championship in Dubai in mid-November.

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Green Lighting is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions and for nearly two decades have supplied cost effective lighting through specification, to the UK house builder. Green Lighting offer a unique route to market, providing full traceability and also offer award winning customer care warranties.
Anthony Ottway, the managing director and founder of Green Lighting said, “We are delighted to become part of Ollie's team for 2018, and we look forward to following his progress throughout the year. In addition we are very much looking forward to been involved in the Bridgestone Challenge in September, last year we had a thoroughly enjoyable week watching and playing with the future stars of European Golf”

Jeremy Robinson, Director of Blackstar Golf commented “We would just like to thank Anthony and his team at Green Lighting for their continued support of our players and also the Bridgestone Challenge”
The Bridgestone Challenge will again be staged Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in September, the pre event Pro Am takes place on September 5th, and the professional event runs from September 6-9.

 

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Joburg Open

This week is the final on the event on the Euroepan Tour although it is the fourth official event of the 2018 season. Oliver Farr and Stuart Manley, who both played in the Australian PGA last week are joined by South African Martin Rohwer, who makes his debut on the European Tour.

Stuart manley is hoping to go one better in this Joburg Open, last years  event Stuart finished runner up and qualified for the 2017 Open Championship.

The Joburg Open is a tri sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour

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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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Germany and Scotland for BlackStar golfers

Marcus Faser, Michael Hoey and Stuart Manley are all in action at the BMW International Open. Marcus Fraser returns to action in Cologne after a 3 week break, then heads to the US for the Bridgestone Invitational the following week.

The Challenge Tour comes to Britain for the first time this year for the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge, where Ollie Farr, Chris Selfridge, Jimmy Mullen and Brian Casey are all in the field.

Follow all the progress through the live scoring at www.europeantour.com

 
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PGA European Tour, Challenge Tour and Europro Tour

 

Next week BlackStar Golf have 2 players at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, 2 players at the Challenge Tour event in the Czech Republic and 2 players at the PGA EuroPro Tour event at Burhill Valley.

Marcus Fraser and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey are both playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event is one of the biggest events on the European Tour, where  Byeong Hun An from Korea returns to defend his title he won in such dramatic fashion last year.

Chris Selfridge and Oliver Farr both go to the Czech Republic to play in the D+D Real Czech Challenge.

Jimmy Mullen and Rhys Enoch, both who finished in the top 10 in the EuroPro's opening event at Frilford Heath last week are both playing at Burhill Golf Club in the IFX International.

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Mullen and Farr tied 12th in Turkey

 

 

Jimmy Mullen and Oliver Farr both finished on 11 under par and finished tied 12th in the Turkish Airlines Challenge on the European Challenge Tour.

 

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Chris Selfridge finishes tied 4th in Spain.

Chris Selfridge got his 2016 campaign on the European Challenge Tour underway with a 4th place finish at the Challenge De Madrid. Chris shot rounds of 66,70,70,70 to finish on 4 under par. The event was won by Scotland's Duncan Stewart on 8 under par.

With this been only the third event of the year on the Challenge Tour Chris moves up to 20th position on the Race To Oman rankings, the top 15 players at the end of the season automatically qualify for the 2017 Race To Dubai.

Oliver Farr finished T23 on level par, Rhys Enoch T46 and Ireland's Brian Casey T58. This week the Challenge Tour moves on to Turkey at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, where Oliver Farr will be looking to win the title he won in 2015, which helped him finish 10th on the final ranking list. Ollie is joined by Brian Casey, Rhys Enoch and 2016 Walker Cup player Jimmy Mullen.

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2016 Challenge Tour Starts In Kenya

The European Challenge Tour starts its 25th season next week at the Barclays Kenya Open at Karen Golf Club, just outside Nairobi. The tour consists of 28 events, finishing at the Road To Oman, where the top 15 players will graduate on to the 2017 Race To Dubai.

BlackStar Golf will have 3 players on the tour in 2016.

Oliver Farr returns to the Challenge Tour, having finished 10th on the rankings in 2014, Ollie hopes his experiances of 2015 on the main tour, will help him make an immediate return to the 2017 race To Dubai.

Chris Selfridge from Northern Ireland played a limited schedule on the Challenge Tour last year, having turned professional in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Toledo, he played 12 events, and didnt miss a cut eventually finishing 52 on the rankings. With last years experiance of playing some events, Chris is very much looking forward to his first full season as a professional.

BlackStar's 3rd player is 22 year old Jimmy Mullen who was part of the 2015 victorious Walker Cup team, Jimmy joined BlackStar in October last year, and finished a very creditable tied 30th at the Dunhill Links Trophy. Jimmy eventually got to the Final Q School where he missed out on his full tour card, but became a full member of the Challenge Tour. Like Chris he is very much looking forward to his first full season as a Professional.

Follow the fortunes of the players on www.blackstargolf.net

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Selfridge Shines In Spain

Chris Selfridge continued his build up to start of the 2016 PGA European Challenge Tour in Spain at the recent Evolve Tour event in Spain. The 3 day event was played at the La Serena Golf Club, Chris shot rounds of 65-67-71 ( 13 under par ) to finish 2nd, two shots behind Liam Murray, the eventual winner.

Chris has been out in Spain for 3 weeks practising ahead of the Kenya Open, which is the season opening event on the Challenge Tour, he said " I have been out here now for 3 weeks and have been working very hard on all aspects of my game, my game seems pretty good at the moment, but I am now just really looking forward to getting going on the Challenge Tour, this will be my first full season as a Pro " 

The Kenya Open starts on March 17th, and Chris will be joined by fellow BlackStar golfers Oliver Farr from Burghill Valley GC and 22 year old Jimmy Mullen.

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Mullen starts 2016 in South Africa,

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Jimmy Mullen, one of stars of the 2015 winning Walker Cup team starts his first full season as Professional at the Dimension Data Pro Am on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa on Thursday.

Although Mullen made it all the way through to the final stage of the notoriously tough European Q School, his final position only guaranteed a place on the 2016 European Challenge tour. Jimmy, 22 who represents the Royal North Devon GC said 

"I put so much effort into making the Walker Cup team and did great, I then played great at the Dunhill. The year was going absolutely amazing then it all just came crashing down at the end.

But you've got to learn from it and move on. I've got to learn to play professional golf somewhere and the Challenge Tour is going to be a great place for me to start.

A lot of great players started there and I don't see the problem with me starting there and learning my trade there." 

Mullen's next event will be the season opening Barclays Kenya Open on the European Challenge in 3 weeks time, along with fellow BlackStar golfers Oliver Farr and Chris Selfridge

 

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BlackStar Golfers head East

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Marcus Fraser returns to Hong Kong this week a year after making an impressive return to action, Fraser returned to competative action after 12 months out with a wrist injury at the 2014 Hong Kong Open and finished T5th. Ollie Farr joins Fraser in the field making his first visit to Hong Kong.

Stuart Manley and Chris Selfridge play at the Foshan Open in China on the Challenge Tour, with both players trying to get in to the Top 45 of the rankings, in order to qualify for the season ending Road To Oman in 2 weeks time.

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European Open

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Marcus Fraser, Michael Hoey, Oliver Farr and Stuart Manley are all playing this week in the re-launched European Open sponsored by Porsche on the European Tour.

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Fraser,Farr and Manley in Italian Open

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Marcus Fraser returns to action in the Italian Open, having had mid-season break back home in Melbourne, he tees up at the Italian Open on Thursday along with fellow BlackStar players Ollie Farr and Stuart Manley.

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Holland and Kazakhstan for BlackStar Golfers

Oliver Farr plays in the KLM Dutch Open this week, while Stuart Manley and Chris Selfridge travel to Kazaakhstan for the largest event on the 2015 European Challenge Tour, where the winner virtually assures himself of finishing in the Top 15 of the rankings.b2ap3_thumbnail_Chris-Selfridge.jpg 

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Hoey & Farr feature on European Tour Weekly

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Michael Hoey and Oliver Farr were featured on European Tour weekly tonight, both players are playing in the Russian Open this week, where Michael Hoey is looking to repeat  one of his 5 victories that he has had on  European Tour.

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Bridgestone Winners Enjoy A Day With Ollie.

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Three amateur golfers are hoping to reduce their handicaps and transform their games after a round to remember with an emerging star of the European Tour.

Si Monckton of Eastbourne, Greg Robinson from Stockport and Andrew Law from Sheffield won a social networking competition with Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, to tee it up with their sponsored star for 2015 Ollie Farr.

The trio travelled down to the Worcester Golf and Country Club for a round with the Welshman, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise onto the European Tour, having won the EuroPro Tour in 2013, before qualifying through the Challenge Tour rankings in 2014.

This year has been a steep learning curve for the 27 year-old, with a number of promising rounds in esteemed company offering hope for a strong finish to the season.

But meeting 18 handicapper Greg, Andrew off 15 and 12 handicapper Si still presented a bit of pressure for Ollie to live up to his reputation, albeit not quite on a par with a first hole tee shot at Wentworth with Sergio Garcia and co.

Greg said: “Playing with Ollie today has really spurred me on. I’ll be practicing harder to try and get my handicap down after this, having learned so much from spending some hours on a top course with a European Tour professional.”

Si said: “It has been an amazing experience to play with Ollie. There has been some good stuff, some not-so-good stuff, but I have picked up a lot of tips that will stand my game in good stead. It’s been a day to cherish.”

Andrew said: “Ollie’s advice was really helpful. To watch his swing close-up was incredible too. You see how the pros hit the ball on TV, but to see it in person gave a whole new perspective. It is something to aspire to, for sure.”

Ollie said that meeting the three amateurs and playing a round with them was a lovely experience.

“They were all very good players in their own rights. I tried to impart one or two tips and words of encouragement but if they carry on like they did with me, I’m sure their handicaps will be coming down before they know it.”

Bridgestone already boasts a high-profile presence in the world of golf and wanted to build upon this with a sponsorship that brought its range of tyres closer to golfers’ minds and identified Ollie as an ideal match.

Bridgestone’s sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “Bridgestone is the world’s largest tyre manufacturer and we think that a sponsorship with one of the sport’s most exciting young stars is the perfect fit for us, as we reach out to a vibrant new audience.”

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Curo Chartered Accountants continue to sponsor Oliver Farr in 2015

Curo Chartered Accountants continue to sponsor Oliver Farr in 2015

Bromsgrove-based Curo Chartered Accountants has recently agreed to continue its sponsorship of European Tour golfer, Oliver Farr.

Ollie has enjoyed fantastic progression over the past three years, winning the 2013 EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, which 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.

Julia Whelan, co-founder and partner at Curo Chartered Accountants comments “We are delighted to be sponsoring Ollie again as he embarks on his first full season on the European Tour; we’ve all been so excited to watch his rise up the rankings over the last 3 years, and we wish him all the best as travels the world on tour” Said Ollie “I would like to thank the team at Curo, especially the partners for continuing to support me in 2015. It will be my third season representing the company on the tour and hopefully I will have a successful year” Curo Chartered Accountants specialises in providing audit, tax and accountancy services to the corporate and private client markets and has clients based regionally, nationally and overseas.

 

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Bank Frick & Co continue to sponsor Oliver Farr and Stuart Manley in 2015

Oliver Farr TurkeyBank Frick & Co, a private bank in Liechtenstein with additional offices in London, stuart manleyhave 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.”

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Ollie’s European adventure gathers pace with Bridgestone tyre partnership

Oliver Farr Farrell Dolan and Wim Belckx 1As the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone knows a thing or two about driving further, which is why it has opted Ollie Farr black and white bunker splashto 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.

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Farr to make 2015 European Tour debut in South Africa.

Oliver Farr TurkeyOliver 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.

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