The Coca-Cola Kaiser Karl European Trophy heralds the first leg of a welcome return for the European Seniors Tour to Germany, following a two year absence, and will feature most of the leading seniors competing for a prize purse of 150,000 euro in this multi-sponsored event.
Bob Shearer, the current leader of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, is still searching for his first win of the season following two runners-up finishes. He faces a stiff challenge from the likes of Neil Coles, winner of the Microlease Jersey Seniors Open earlier this month and runner-up last week, Eddie Polland, twice a winner last season.
Noel Ratcliffe, the last senior to win on German soil when he captured the 1997 Seniors German Open at Owingen-Uberlingen, is back playing the European Seniors Tour after a spell in America and looking for his first win since then. Renato Campagnoli, who won the first seniors event in Germany two years earlier is also in the field this week.
Among the former Ryder Cup players are Peter Dawson and Michael King, both of whom are embarking on their rookie seasons.
Set in picturesque countryside near the historic town of Aachen on the German/Dutch/Belgium border, Haus Kambach was established in 1989 and provides extensive golf and banqueting facilities. The 6,023 metres, 18 hole, par 72 championship parkland course was designed by the German architect, Dieter Sziedat.