The European Challenge Tour was given a further boost this week with news that the Moroccan Golf Classic, postponed last week in the wake of the air travel disruption caused by the Icelandic volcanic eruption, has been rescheduled.
The tournament will now take place from Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 20, at the same venue – the Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf and Spa in El Jadida – and with the same prize fund of €150,000.
The announcement follows hard on the heels of last week’s news that a brand new Challenge Tour tournament – the English Challenge – will take place at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa near Colchester from July 22-25.
Alain de Soultrait, Challenge Tour Director, said: “This is great news for the tournament and for the Challenge Tour as a whole as it maintains a relationship we have had with Morocco which stretches all the way back to 2002.
“As you can imagine, in the height of the summer, it was not an easy job to find a date that was convenient for all parties but with a lot of hard work and a lot of good will from a number of people, we found a way.
“Many organisations are owed a debt of gratitude for their hard work in facilitating the move and, in particular, Mohamed Chaibi, Chief Executive of the Association Trophée Hassan, our friends at the the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation, all the tournament sponsors and all the staff at the Pullman Mazagan Royal Golf and Spa.”
The Moroccan Golf Classic has produced an international cast of champions since it was first played on the Challenge Tour in 2002 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, including the winner that year, Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin; the 2004 champion Graeme Storm of England; and the 2008 champion Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland – all of whom have gone on to subsequently triumph on The European Tour.
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