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2016 PGA National tournament schedule announced

PGA Professionals will get the chance to showcase their playing skills in another varied national tournament schedule unveiled for 2016 climaxing in the PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.

Nine regional qualifiers will determine the 144 strong field for the flagship event for PGA club pros with some of the UK’s leading courses welcoming upwards of 600 pros eager to qualify, with the added incentive of earning some PGA Cup points with qualification for the 2017 team.

With a range of categories catered for in the national schedule, the over 50s will take centre stage in the first event of the season from May 11-13 when the Senior PGA Professional Championship tees off at Foxhills.

July sees the 36-hole Asbri Golf sponsored Welsh National PGA Championship making a return to the classic links of Tenby Golf Club. Following the PGA Professional Championship at The Oxfordshire (pictured above), a busy August sees three events beginning with the £32,500 Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship. Meanwhile the £35,000 Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship returns to Carden Park from August 17-19 and closing out August is the PGA Super 60s.

October sees rising hopefuls of the LET Access Series compete in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland with the 54-hole tournament staged from 6-8 of that month.Later in that month The Belfry’s PGA National course is the scene of battle for the hotly contested PGA England & Wales Inter County Championship with the 36-hole event played on October 18-19.

December marks the end of the season when leading players from across the seven PGA regions plus the top two from the PGA Professional Championship and the PGA Assistants’ Championship winner battle it out for supremacy in the PGA Play-Offs at Turkey’s Antalya Golf Club in December.

At stake for the top 10 eligible players is a place at the BMW PGA Championship in 2017 while the top three eligible will qualify for the 2017 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team.

Ben Groutage, The PGA’s head of tournaments, commented: “Once again we have strived to compile a tournament schedule that appeals across the membership. We are committed to improving the quality of our Championships every year and the addition of venues such as The Oxfordshire, Gleneagles and Little Aston is testament to that and we look forward to another successful tournament season.”