At the end of round 1 of this three-dayEuroPro PGA Tour Finale being staged at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus there was some good play in the blistering heat with 14 players finishing under par.
There is a three-way tie for first place, with Nicky Harris, Jeremy Kavanagh & James Hepworth all on 4 under, closely followed by Daniel Perrett (3 under) & James Heath, Noel Fox & Kevin Harper all on 2 under.
Other players under par heading into round 2 are Stuart Archibald, Matt Allen, Graeme Clark, George Woolgar, Daniel Belch, Brendan McCarroll & Brian McElhinney.
After a magificent round of 6 under on Wednesday’s Pro Am competition James Heath is looking like a good bet to win the first prize of €20,000 but Zane Scotland, who is currently 10th in the Order of Merit after competing in just four of this year’s EuroPro tournaments is currently 3 over.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Ryder Cup, today saw the start of the final tournament on this years’ EuroPro PGA Tour Final Championship. The top 60 players were invited to play the first ever PGA tournament to take place in Cyprus.
The EuroPro PGA Tour has been a stepping stone for many rising stars that have pushed on to become top European players. Graeme Storm, Richard Finch, Marc Warren and James Morrison have all gone on to win main PGA Tour events.
This year when Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open Championship by seven shots at St. Andrews he became the first Major winner to appear on the EuroPro Tour; and Ross Fisher will become the first EuroPro PGA Tour player to play in the Ryder Cup this weekend at Celtic Manor.
Heading the EuroPro Final Championship Order of Merit is Daniel Gaunt. Along with Craig Lee, Gaunt is already guaranteed his Challenge Tour 2011 card; and with Matthew Evans and James Hepworth already winning over £23,000 they also look likely to be promoted to the Challenge Tour next year. That leaves three places still to be decided over this weekend. With a first place prize of £16,670, the following players will be hoping for a victory this weekend that would also see them playing the Challenge Tour in 2011. Nick McCarthy (4th) and Ian Keenan (6th) are closely followed by James Busby (7th), Paul Maddy (8th), Gary Wolstenholme (9th) and Zane Scotland (10th).
13 qualifying rounds have taken place in the UK’s most prestigious golf clubs leading up to the 2010 EuroPro finale at Aphrodite Hills, the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus. So it is fitting that the first ever professional golf event in Cyprus will be held at the award winning Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort.
At a Gala Dinner yesterday evening, following a Pro Am Tournament, Barry Hearn and PGA officials praised the Aphrodite Hills team for their excellent hospitality and the exceptional quality of the course, which is in absolute pristine condition.