Foxhills To Host PGA Cup
Story published at 12:16, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Page last updated at 12:27 pm, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Foxhills Club & Resort has been announced as the host venue for Great Britain & Ireland’s eagerly anticipated PGA Cup clash with the United States in 2017.
The Surrey club will stage the 28th playing of the matches which will be contested over three days in a Ryder Cup-style format from September 15-17.
GB&I, under newly appointed captain Albert MacKenzie, will be bidding to retain the Llandudno Trophy following their thrilling, and historic, first triumph on US soil at CordeValle, California in 2015.
Foxhills, which features two championship courses – the Bernard Hunt and Longcross – is one of the leading resorts in the south of England and is the long-term venue for the Senior PGA Professional Championship.
Foxhills enjoys a long tradition of hosting elite level golf having staged a number of prestigious tournaments such as the European Tour’s Tournament Players Championship and the Tour’s Qualifying School where Open champion Sandy Lyle tasted victory.
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones commented: “Foxhills is a perfect venue for the PGA Cup with a great history and a fantastic course that will be ideal to showcase the talents of the leading PGA players from either side of the Atlantic.
“The victory in California last year has really whetted everyone’s appetite for this next chapter in this great event.
“With GB&I also having tied at Slaley Hall in 2013, and grabbed victory on the last hole in 2015, it promises to be another equally close fought and exciting contest between the teams.”
Marc Hayton, the managing director of Foxhills, added: “The PGA Cup is an excellent showcase of the world’s best club professionals and we are delighted to host the 2017 event. The transatlantic competition will be hotly contested, and hopefully home advantage will help the GB&I team extend their winning streak! We look forward to working closely with the PGA team and making the contest a great success.”
The PGA Cup was first contested in 1973 at the legendary Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina with the Llandudno Trophy, which the teams contest, being donated by Peter Alliss who inherited it from his father Percy.
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