While The European Tour starts its traditional run in the British Isles this week, the European Seniors Tour reaches the shores of Europe for the inaugural Open de France Seniors at Omaha Beach Golf Club.
The Seniors Tour season got off to a bright beginning in the Caribbean in March with events in Tobago and Barbados, and on Friday it arrives in Normandy for a tournament that will play its part in helping to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the historic "D-Day" landings.
The Open de France Seniors will boast prize money of €200,000. England's Carl Mason who won the Tobago Plantations Seniors Classic and South African Gavan Levenson, winner of the DGM Barbados Open, are the in-form players heading to France.
Mason's victory was his fourth successive win as he won his final three events of 2003 to claim the Order of Merit title. The Englishman also finished joint second in Barbados and leads the Order of Merit with earnings of €44,159 (£29,654).
Levenson, in his rookie year on the circuit, is in second position on the list with winnings of the €30,500 (£20,482).
The Seniors Tour has very moving memories of when it visited Omaha Beach Golf Club ten years ago to remember the 50th anniversary of the day in history which saw the Allied Forces invade German-occupied France.
England's Brian Waites triumphed by six shots in the D-Day Seniors Open from Spaniard Antonio Garrido.
"The Open de France Seniors will boast a special atmosphere for players, officials and spectators and I am sure we will witness some inspired performances during the week," said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Seniors Tour.
The Seniors Tour will stage at least 21 Order of Merit counting events in 2004 offering overall prize money of €6,438,000 (£4,378,000).