The main PGA EuroPro Tour season has been completed with the top 60 confirmed for the season-ending Tour Championship at Slaley Hall, Wednesday 20 to Friday 22, October on the Hunting Course.
Mitch Waite heads into the season closer leading the Order of Merit by a mammoth £16,607.09 after two wins at Mannings Heath and Studley Wood respectively alongside making 12 cuts from 12 tournaments and six top-ten finishes in total to dominate the year. All but securing Challenge Tour status for the 2022 season. Waite missed the last tournament of the season to head to Korn Ferry Tour Q School so will be hoping to head to Slaley on the back of more success.
John Parry is the closest to Waite at £22,303.15 with the Harrogate man securing a long-awaited win at Cumberwell Park and making 12 cuts from 14, his hopes of returning to the higher tiers of European golf are firmly alive and well. Just behind Parry is Calum Fyfe who got his maiden professional win at Castletown with a record winning score of -24. Fyfe has been knocking on the door so momentum is on his side. Will Enefer and Dermot McElroy close out the top five as it stands. Enefer won at Montrose Golf Links whilst McElroy won at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.
This season has brought 13 different winners from 14 tournaments indicating just how much talent the Tour currently hosts with many coming close on multiple occasions to that first-ever professional victory during the season.
The Order of Merit is tight with so much potential for movement at the Tour Championship where £25,000 will go to the winner and we saw plenty of movement towards the back end of the season. All eyes were on the final day of the regular season at Castletown Golf Links last week where Joshua Grenville-Wood made the biggest movement to secure a place in the top 60. Grenville-Wood’s second-place finish moved him up 66 places.
Set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland and forest, Slaley Hall boasts a magnificent four-star hotel in an elegant Edwardian mansion, with two challenging championship courses – the Hunting and the Priestman – which have played host to no fewer than 18 European Tour and European Senior Tour events.
The 7,000-yard, par-72 Hunting Course, designed by Dave Thomas, has lush sweeping fairways, streams, lakes, towering trees, and banks of rhododendrons – but aesthetics aside, it will catch out the unwary. Well-placed bunkers and tricky greens make this USGA standard course a real challenge.