The gifted generation of professional golfers who compete on the European Seniors Tour
make their first appearance of the season in England this week at The Mobile Cup, with England's Carl Mason defending the title.
The Mobile Cup is one of the Senior Tour’s newest and most successful events and after having enjoyed two excellent years at Stoke Park, the tournament tees off on Friday at The Oxfordshire Golf Club.
The highly rated venue staged the Accenture World Championships of Golf in 1995 and the Benson & Hedges International Open from 1996 to 1999 so it will be a fitting host for the Seniors Tour.
Two famous names have already been inscribed on The Mobile Cup trophy as Scotland’s Bernard Gallacher triumphed in 2002 before Englishman Carl Mason’s success last year and the best seniors in Europe will once again bid for honours this week.
Mason, the Senior Tour’s hottest player over the past 12 months, will be back to defend his title. He won the AIB Irish Seniors Open just over a week ago for his second victory of 2004 and sixth success since he joined the Tour in July of last year.
A host of other winners from this year will also tee off The Oxfordshire Golf Club. England’s Bob Cameron, winner of the Open de France Seniors, Argentine Luis Carbonetti, who won the Digicel Jamaica Classic, in association with Sony Ericsson, and DGM Barbados Open winner Gavan Levenson from South Africa will all be looking for a good connection in The Mobile Cup.
Japan’s Seiji Ebihara, England’s David J Russell and Denis Durnian and South African Jeff Hawkes are just a selection of some of the other celebrated seniors playing.
“It promises to be a superb tournament and we are indebted to the support of the mobile phone industry for creating this unique event. We are also extremely grateful to the promoter Hugh Roberts of Sweetspot and to Paul Gibbons and The Leaderboard Group, the owners’ of The Oxfordshire Golf Club, for providing us with a golf course of the highest caliber,” said Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Seniors Tour.
The Seniors Tour season is now in full swing with The Mobile Cup forming the eighth leg of 2004. Total prize money for the tournament is £125,000.