Monday, 29 January 2018
David MacLaren, Ryan Howsam and Paul McGinley  (Getty Images)
David MacLaren, Ryan Howsam and Paul McGinley (Getty Images)
The Staysure Tour today announces its schedule for the 2018 season, featuring three new events in Denmark, England and Spain.

The Shipco Masters Promoted by Simon’s Golf Club, Staysure PGA Seniors Championship and Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters are the latest additions to the calendar, which will see the Tour travel to four continents in 2018.

United Kingdom-based insurance company Staysure have also been named as title sponsors of the PGA Seniors Championship, which returns to the schedule for the first time since 2015. The field for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship will be made up of Staysure Tour members, PGA professionals and a Monday qualifier will also take place prior to the event.

The Staysure-sponsored tournament will take place the week after The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, which will see many of the game’s legends step foot onto the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, from July 26-29. Bernhard Langer, who captured his record tenth Senior Major Championship at last year’s Senior Open, will bid to become the first golfer to defend the Senior Claret Jug since Christy O’Connor Jnr in 2000.

The Old Course at St Andrews

Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates will host the first tournament of the inaugural Staysure Tour season, the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq from March 8-10. As in 2017, this will be played over the nine-hole golf course at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, with two loops of nine holes utilising different tees and hole locations.

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship returns to Harbor Shores, Michigan, for the third time from May 24-27. Staysure Tour Members Roger Chapman and Colin Montgomerie have previously won the Senior Major Championship, with Chapman emerging victorious in 2012 and Montgomerie following in 2014.

The U.S. Senior Open, also won by Chapman and Montgomerie, will take place at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado from June 28-July 1.

The first edition of The Shipco Masters Promoted by Simon’s Golf at Simon’s Golf Club in Denmark will be played from June 1-3, and Britain’s most successful female golfer in the modern era, Dame Laura Davies, is due to become the first woman in history to participate in a Staysure Tour event.

The 2017 John Jacobs Trophy winner, Clark Dennis, will defend the first of two titles he won last season at Golf Club Udine, which will once again host the Senior Italian Open presented by Villaverde Resort from June 15-17. The Swiss Seniors Open and WINSTONgolf Senior Open return to the schedule in successive weeks from July 6-8 and July 13-15.

The Willow Senior Golf Classic, which raises funds for the Willow Foundation, will take place once again at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, and Woburn Golf Club will host the Travis Perkins Masters for the 11th time – the events will take place from August 24-26 and August 31-September 2 respectively.

The second edition of the European Tour Properties Senior Classic will take place at Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria from September 7-9. The Scottish Senior Open will be the fourth event in four consecutive weeks and will take place from September 14-16.

Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort, Bulgaria

The Farmfoods European Senior Masters at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & CC will be played from October 5-7, and the following week the third edition of the Paris Legends Championship is set to be staged at La Boulie - Racing Club de France. The Dutch Masters is currently scheduled to take place the following week, from October 19-21.

Meliã Villaitana Golf Club in Alicante will host the first edition of the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters from November 29-December 1, and the 2018 season will conclude in the spectacular Indian Ocean setting of Mauritius at the eighth edition of the MCB Tour Championship from December 7-9.

David MacLaren, Head of the Staysure Tour, said: “We are all very excited about the forthcoming season and the first year of our landmark partnership with title sponsors Staysure. We have made further progress in expanding our tournament schedule and are delighted to see the return of the PGA Seniors Championship to our calendar.

“Our new events in Denmark, England and Spain are also welcome additions to our schedule, and we are working diligently to add further tournaments to our calendar for the 2018 season.

“We look forward to seeing Clark Dennis begin his defence of the John Jacobs Trophy in Sharjah and wish all of our players the best of luck for the forthcoming season.”

2018 Staysure Tour Schedule


DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Mar

8 – 10 (Sat)

Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq

Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, Sharjah

May

24 – 27

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Harbor Shores Golf Club, Michigan, USA

June

1 – 3

The Shipco Masters Promoted by Simon’s Golf Club

Simon’s Golf Club, Denmark


15 – 17

Senior Italian Open

Golf Club Udine, Italy


28 – 1 July

U.S. Senior Open Championship

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, USA

July

6 – 8

Swiss Seniors Open

Golf Club Bad Ragaz, Switzerland


13 – 15

WINSTONgolf Senior Open

WINSTONlinks Course, WINSTONgolf, Germany


26 – 29

The Senior Open Presented by Rolex

Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland

Aug

2 – 5

Staysure PGA Seniors Championship

TBC, England


10 – 12

Tournament presented by the Nelson Mandela Bay Authority (TBC)

TBC, South Africa (Co-promoted by the Staysure Tour and Sunshine Senior Tour)


17 – 19

Russian Open Golf Championship (TBC)

Moscow Country Club, Russia


24 – 26

Willow Senior Golf Classic

Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, England


31 – 2 Sept

Travis Perkins Masters

Woburn Golf Club, England

Sept

7 – 9

European Tour Properties Senior Classic

Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort, Bulgaria


14 – 16

Scottish Senior Open

TBC, Scotland

Oct

5 – 7

Farmfoods European Senior Masters

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, England


11 – 13 (Sat)

Paris Legends Championship (TBC)

La Boulie - Racing Club de France, France


19 – 21

Dutch Masters (TBC)

TBC, Netherlands

Nov

29 – 1 Dec (Sat)

Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters

Meliã Villaitana GC, Spain

Dec

7 – 9

MCB Tour Championship

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Bold denotes Senior Major Championship

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