Didier de Vooght of Belgium will defend the Fortis Bank Challenge Open at Burggolf Purmerend, in the Netherlands just seven months after winning the title. A change in dates means that the tournament, played in October last year, moves to this week's May date at a new venue on the European Challenge Tour Schedule.
De Vooght closed with a superb round of 65 to secure the title last year, and in the process earned himself an unexpected wedding present. The Belgain had low expectations after taking six weeks off and he had just returned from his honeymoon in time for play in the Fortis Bank Challenge Open.
An 18 under par total of 270 gave de Vooght the title by two strokes from five players, including Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands, who has subsequently won on The European Tour International Schedule by capturing the Dubai Desert Classic in March.
The first seven winners on the Challenge Tour in 2003 are competing in the Netherlands - Johan Edfors, Martin Erlandsson, Sebastian Fernandez, James Hepworth, Greig Hutcheon, Martin LeMesurier and Daniel Vancsik. It has been a remarkable few weeks for LeMesurier. The Southampton golfer won the Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata in Italy before travelling to Spain to finish second behind Martin Erlandsson in the Izki Challenge de España. Lemesurier is now up to fifth on the Challenge Tour Rankings with €28,975 from just two starts.