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Senior Tour for Over 50’s launches

LIVERPOOL-based golf event organiser Sean Coyle has launched an Amateur Senior Tour that golfers aged 50 and over will be able to take part in.

Coyle, from Netherton, has successfully run numerous events, including the Southport Coast Links Championship for the past six years. He believes it’s the first UK senior amateur tour to allow players to compete from the age of 50, rather than the usual 55.

“I’ve never understood why it was 55,” said Coyle. “The senior tour for the professionals starts at 50 so why shouldn’t the tour for amateurs.

“I didn’t want players to have to wait until they were 55. Five years in golf is a long time and this is a gap that I believe needed filling.”

The Liverpool football fan, who plays at Southport & Ainsdale, will provide 11 events in the 2019 season. The plan is to then expand next year.

“I am very pleased with the venues. We have a really good mix of links and parkland courses, including Caldy, Aberdovey, Heswall, Windermere and Burnham & Berrow.

“There will be a £50 voucher to spend at designer golf clothing company Function18 for the best nett and best gross at each event and the overall prize will be entry to any Sean Coyle Multi Day Championship,” added Coyle who will be at each event, beginning at Hesketh on April 15 and finishing with a Grand Final at Wilmslow on September 30.

“Anyone over 50 will be eligible to take part in as many of the events as they wish. At the end of the year we will have our inaugural Order Of Merit champion, who must have played in a minimum of four events,” added Coyle who also runs a Fairway Algarve Championship annually.

The Tour Final at the end of the season will offer double points.

All the events will be an individual Stableford. Each event is passed by England Golf for handicap qualifying. There will be live scoring at every venue.

As an incentive to play in as many of the events as possible, every player will receive 25 points for entering any event (20 points for the Tour Final). Points will be awarded to the top 25 finishers with 100 points for first and 60 points for 25th.

There will also be an extra 20 points for the best front nine and back nine at each venue.

“The interest so far has been fantastic. The Hesketh event is now nearly full, with new golfers joining the tour every week.

“I am really excited by this new tour and we have even more great venues planned for 2020,” Coyle concluded.

It costs just £10 to join the Tour for 2019.

To join or for more information, call Sean on 07886 177095 or email him at sean@southportcoastchampionship.co.uk

Pictured is The Wilmslow Golf Club, who will host the Tour Final in September.