Tuesday, 21 August 2001
Eleven of the leading 15 players on the Challenge Tour Rankings are due to tee up in the annual Rolex Trophy in Switzerland this week.

The invitational tournament takes place at Golf Club de Genève and the field is composed of 36 of the leading players from the Rankings at August 9.

Top-ranked Mark Foster, from England, is in the field and will be hoping to extend his lead over his nearest rival, Frenchman, Sebastien Delagrange, who, like Foster, will be seeking his third victory of the year.

The Rolex Trophy, which is played at the exquisite Genèva club with majestic views over the lake of the same name, is one of the oldest tournaments on the Challenge Tour. It has been part of the tour since it’s inception in 1989 and many of the past winners have gone on to secure their cards on the main tour.

American Ronald Stelten was the inaugural winner and he repeated his victory three years later. In between, Ireland’s John McHenry took the title followed by David R Jones.

Philip Golding, the winner in 1993, is in the field again this time, as is fellow Englishman Stuart Little, who took the honours a year later. Carl Suneson, from Spain, won in 1995 followed by Dennis Edlund of Sweden and Anssi Kankkonen of Finland four years ago.

David Park from Wales finished top in 1998, while Suneson claimed his second Rolex victory in 1999 by five shots from Sweden’s Adam Mednick. A year ago, Ireland’s David Higgins was victorious on his way to finishing ranked second.

This year’s tournament, which will run along familiar lines with all four rounds played in a pro-am format is worth 175,000 Swiss francs, around £72,000, with the winner receiving 19,000 Swiss francs plus a Rolex watch. Anyone lowering the course record of 63 will also receive a watch. There is a cut after 54 holes with the leading 18 pros and ties going on to the final round.

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