Europro Tour returns North

The best young professionals from the North East and Yorkshire will be vying to earn their playing rights on the PGA EuroPro Tour when the satellite tour’s Qualifying School takes place March-April.

The tour is the UK and Ireland’s official satellite of the European Tour and is set to return to the North East this summer, with Close House hosting the season opener at the end of April and Longhirst Hall in Morpeth and Moor Allerton Golf Club in Leeds also welcoming the country’s best young players.

All professionals, as well as amateurs with an official handicap of two or less are able to compete at the tour’s Qualifying School, which is contested over two stages. Those successful will earn a full card on the 2017 EuroPro Tour.

Some of the North East’s best pros already have full playing rights – Rockliffe Hall’s James Maw narrowly missed out on promotion last year after collecting his maiden EuroPro title with victory at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire, while Yorkshire’s former English Amateur Champion Joe Dean finished 10th on the EuroPro rankings in 2016, his rookie year as a pro.

They, along with James Wilkinson (Penrith) and Alex Wrigley (Hartlepool), hold full playing rights after a top 20 finish last season.