Pont Royal Welcomes Challenge Tour In September

For the first time ever, Pont Royal will welcome the European Challenge Tour and the stars of tomorrow.

Pont Royal Welcomes Challenge Tour In September

For the first time ever, Pont Royal will welcome the European Challenge Tour and the stars of tomorrow.

Pont Royal Welcomes Challenge Tour In September

The European Challenge Tour, which has helped some current stars of the game, will visit Pont Royal in Provence for the first time in 2018.

Previously, the beautiful Seve Ballesteros-designed course held just Alps Tour events for 10 years which had quality players like Raphael Jacquelin, Grégory Havret, Victor Dubuisson and Alexander Levy competing.

However, in September, the Open De Provence by Hopps Group has been added to the schedule with the sponsor putting up €200,000 for the purse.

Another sponsor, Pierre & Vacances, will also be involved providing accommodation for the players and spectators.

The Challenge Tour was launched in 1989 and has acted as a launchpad to some of world class players like Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Thomas Bjorn.

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Pont Royal’s general manager, Jerome Lauredi, said: “We are excited to welcome the Challenge Tour to Pont Royal. Down the years the venue has proved itself more than capable of having the infrastructure required to handle such an event, in addition, naturally, to having a golf course well suited to testing professionals and amateurs alike.

“It is a source of pride that our region is hosting the event and this is highlighted by the number of volunteer marshals who have already come forward from other golf clubs in the area. We hope that spectators will also take advantage to come along and the see the stars of tomorrow on Pont Royal’s fairways.”

Pont Royal, opened in 1992, is arguably the best golf course in the region with its combination of pinewoods, and countryside.

It certainly is picturesque with several holes giving amazing views of the nearby Luberon and Alpilles mountain ranges.

Alain de Soultrait, the director of the European Challenge Tour, said: "We are delighted to confirm that the Open de Provence by Hopps Group is joining our 2018 schedule. All the eyes of the golfing worlf will be on France in September and as part of the build up to the Ryder Cup we are holding out own tournament which will feature plenty of future stars.

"Golf International de Pont Royal is an excellent course and we have to thank all those involved at the highly-regarded venue for agreeing to host a Challenge Tour event."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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