TP Tour Series poised for March start

The 2013 TP Tour will mark the start of its third season when the 2013 circuit gets underway at Hankley Common at the start of March

The 2013 TP Tour will mark the start of its third season when the 2013 circuit gets underway at Hankley Common at the start of March.

The next stop for the tour will be former Ryder Cup and Women's British Open host venue Walton Heath.

Eight Ryder Cup players and numerous European tour victors have signed up for this year's tour, along with aspiring professional and a selection of Challenge Tour players.

The TP Tour has grown in size and stature over the past two years and has an impressive array of past winners, including 2012 double senior major champion Roger Chapman, Jamie Spence, Paul Broadhurst and Stephen Dodd.

Further events will be taking place throughout March and April at renowned locations like The Berkshire and Worplesdon Golf Club. The first 36-hole even of the season will be staged between April 9-10 at Moor Park's High Course.

Other 36-hole events will take place at Open Championship venue Royal St Georges, former European Tour hosts Hanbury Manor, East Sussex National and Moorpark and countless other esteemed UK venues.

A special ‘'Hampshire Classic'' will also take place in May at North Hants and Liphook.

This season, the TP Tour has also launched the Elite Pro Am Series and has partnered with other high-profile events, including the $40,000 Stella Di Mare International Pro Am and the £100,000 British Par 3 Championships at Nailcote Hall.

For more information on the TP Tour, visit www.tptourseries.com.

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