As the Challenge Tour’s 20 graduates from the Class of 2007 make their way on The 2008 European Tour International Schedule, the stage is set to welcome a new elite in this, the Challenge Tour’s 20th anniversary season.
The first two tournaments of this momentous year for the Challenge Tour will tee off in Argentina, starting at the $170,000 Abierto del Litoral Personal 2007, to be played at the Rosario Golf Club.
The thought of starting a new season in South America when the Challenge Tour began in 1989 would probably have sparked howls of disbelief from the majority of its Membership, but, such have the times changed, the Challenge Tour will enter its 20th season boasting a truly international Schedule that will visit Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.
When the Challenge Tour was established in 1989, it offered a place on The 1990 European Tour to the top five players on the Rankings. Now, as we move into its 20th year, the top 20 players on the end of season Rankings win a place at European golf’s top table.
The positive evolution of the Challenge Tour is down to one resounding factor: the success of the Challenge Tour players.
Since 1991, there have been 186 Official European Tour victories shared among 90 former Challenge Tour players, 11 of whom have represented Europe in The Ryder Cup.
These indisputable figures prove that the Challenge Tour has, and will continue to, fulfil its ultimate goal of giving Europe’s most talented, aspirational professionals the opportunity to develop their talent in four round competitions all over the golfing map before they make the step up to The European Tour.
The Abierto del Litoral Personal 2007 will see the dawn of the next generation of such players, as the race for the 2009 European Tour International Schedule gets underway.