Beazer Homes Challenge Tour Championship returns to Bowood

3/19/2010 3:02:38 PM
The Challenge Tour makes its first visit of the year to the British Isles this week when the flagship event, the Beazer Homes Challenge Tour Championship, makes a return trip to the magnificent Bowood Golf and Country Club in Wiltshire.

This will be the sixth edition of the Challenge Tour Championship and carries a prize fund of £90,000 on offer, an increase of £10,000 on the 1999 figure.

It will also be the second successive Championship to be played at the par 72 Bowood Golf and Country Club course situated on the Marquess of Lansdowne's country estate near Calne.

A year ago, Spain's Carl Suneson claimed the Championship, one of his three victories, which helped him to top the Challenge Tour rankings and regain his card to the European Tour.

The Championship boasts an impressive list of winners. The first four events were played at East Sussex National and the inaugural winner, in 1995, was Thomas Björn of Denmark, who also went on to join the main Tour and become a Ryder Cup player. Sweden's Dennis Edlund succeeded him, then in 1997 Greg Chalmers from Australia claimed the title after a sudden death play-off. Two years ago on the final occasion East Sussex National hosted the Championship, Warren Bennett won impressively on his way to the main Tour on the back of a record five victories in the season. Last year, Suneson won at a canter, finishing eight shots clear with a closing 66 and a 16-under-par total of 272.