A Staffordshire golf course is set to welcome a number of golf legends next year as part of a prestigious tour.
JCB’s Golf and Country Club in Rocester will host the ‘JCB Championship’ from July 29 to July 31 in 2022 as part of The Legend Tour’s international schedule.
A prize fund of €600,000 is on offer when many greats of the game grace its fairways and greens.
The Championship is set to be hosted by 2011 Open Championship winner and Ryder Cup hero Darren Clark with profits being donated to the company’s NSPCC Platinum Jubilee Appeal.
Clarke said: “I’m extremely proud to be hosting The JCB Championship.
“Knowing JCB as a company and having been fortunate enough to visit JCB’s Golf and Country Club, you can be certain that this will be a fantastic event and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
The course – which spans 240 acres – is a fairly new one, having been opened by JCB chairman Lord Bamford in 2018.
‘Wonderful news’ – JCB chairman
Mr Bamford commented: “When JCB set out to create a world class golf and country club, it was always our ambition to attract an international tour event, so it really is wonderful news that the course has been selected to host such a prominent competition.”
Phil Harrison, Chief Executive of the Legends Tour, added: “We are thrilled to have secured the first international event to be held at JCB Golf and Country Club.
“It is truly a world-class venue, and this is an opportunity for us to help showcase it to the world.
“We are thankful to the venue, as well as Chubby Chandler and International Sports Management (ISM), for their help in bringing this event to fruition and we are looking forward to working alongside them in the coming months.”
ISM Chief Executive Officer Chubby Chandler said: “As a member of The JCB Golf and Country Club I’m very proud that ISM is involved in what is sure to be a memorable tournament.
“Darren is also excited to be involved and is sure to bring a few friends to the JCB Championship with him.
“We have some great plans for the tournament and, befitting JCB and its incredible venue, we’re looking forward to helping produce something unique and very special.”
The full schedule for the 2022 Legends Tour International Schedule will be announced later this year.
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