Ryder Cup players, European and Seniors Tour winners, as well as the leading 30 players in last year’s West Region PGA Order of Merit, are competing in the annual PGA Cornish Festival next week.
\"This is the best field ever assembled,” said tournament controller Tom Sheffield who is supervising the largest pro-am in England with more than 400 competitors playing 54 holes over three days. The St Enodoc challenge will be lead by Nick Williams and Mark Arrowsmith; Nick plays his first round at Carlyon Bay teeing off at 1240 whilst Mark has a home round at 0810. The amateurs supporting Mark will be Norman Evans, Steve Smith and Kevin Francis. Nick will have Joe Cruse, John Paul and Ken Perring as his amateurs. There is also the small matter of Pro Shop bragging rights at stake here and if memory serves these currently rest with Nick. Niblick will keep up with scores and gossip during the event and post them on the website.
The flagship PGA in England and Wales (South West) event is played at St Enodoc GC, which has hosted major championship events and Trevose GC. The third venue this year will be the cliff top Carlyon Bay Golf Club at St Austell which is being included for the first time and which replaces Newquay GC.
Teams of one professional and three amateurs play at each venue over the three days from April 19-21 while the reception and presentations take place at Trevose.
Paul Broadhurst and Phillip Price, who finished first and second last year, previous winner Peter Baker and Steven Richardson, are all Ryder Cup players. Former PGA champion Scott Drummond from Plymouth, Andrew Sherborne (Trevose), John Bickerton (Minehead & West Somerset), David Dixon (Enmore Park), Gary Emerson (Remedy Oak) and George Ryall (The Players Club) are European winners from the West.
Other successful European Tour players include Stuart Little (Minchinhampton), Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle), Liam Bond (St Pierre), Paul Mayo (Pontnewydd) and Richard Dinsdale (Asbri Golf).