To reflect our status as one of the biggest golfing events in England, everyone here at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is thrilled to announce we are raising the prize fund again to a record figure in 2016. As testament to the event’s growth and ongoing success, our prize fund has been increased by 20% to a record €150,000, with the winner taking home a cheque for €50,000.
This added incentive will draw even more of the finest up-and-coming golfers in the country, as well as a host of senior stars, further raising the quality of play and the reputation of the overall event. Another bonus for competitors is that the Professional Championship takes place over two days, compared to four days which is standard in most professional golf tournaments.
The prize fund has increased rapidly in recent years from £25,000 in 2010 which has coincided with the Championship attracting scores of high quality players and increasing recognition in the golfing world. Rick Cressman, owner of Nailcote Hall, the Championship’s home, commented: “The increase in prize fund is another step forward for this special event and we are delighted to host the Championship which continues to develop and expand year after year.”
The 2016 edition of the Championship will be hosted for the ninth successive year by two-time Major winner and the most successful Ryder Cup captain of all-time, Tony Jacklin CBE. “I’ve had a long association with the Championship and it’s been a pleasure to see it grow in size and stature,” said Tony. “When I first started hosting the event, the first prize was £5,000 and now it’s €50,000 which just shows you the progress that has been made in such a short space of time.”
Just some of the big names who have taken part in the past include Paul Lawrie OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Eddie Pepperell, Tommy Fleetwood, Marc Warren, Charley Hull and reigning Masters champion Danny Willett. The Championship will also welcome back Ryder Cup player and 2015 British Par 3 Championship winner Barry Lane to defend his title this year.
The event also plays host to two Celeb-Am days graced by some of the nation’s best loved TV and sports personalities. Previous attendees include Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Peter Schmeichel MBE and Dwight Yorke, former F1 world champion Damon Hill OBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, England football superstar Peter Shilton OBE, Ashes winning cricketers Matthew Hoggard MBE and Jonny Bairstow, boyband stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, and comedian Jasper Carrott OBE.
This year’s event will take place between 26th-29th July 2016 and spectators are more than welcome to attend any or all days of the Championship which is covered every year by Sky Sports. The event is fully managed by leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc. Managing Director Matthew Hayes commented: “The whole team work extremely hard to make the Championship bigger and better each year to ensure we deliver for our spectators, supporters and sponsors, who are so crucial to the success of the event.”
Male and female professionals can still qualify for the Championship at the qualification event taking place at Nailcote Hall through the Eagle Tour on Monday 6th June, and for amateurs the Open Par 3 Championship Qualifier which includes the Ladies/Men’s Open on Sunday 12th June and the Junior Open on Sunday 26th June for 9-15 year olds. You can enter The Eagle Tour Qualifier through http://www.theeagletour.co.uk/tournaments/the-british-par-3-championship-qualifier/ or The Open Par 3 Championship through www.openpar3championship.co.uk/
Register for free tickets on the new-look Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship website www.britishpar3.com
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is delighted to welcome back title sponsor Farmfoods and event partners and media partners: Nicky, Mattioli Woods, Sky Sports, Challenge TV, Golf Monthly, Inspirational Magazine, Total Motion, Finest Catch, Bentley Leicester, Champions Celebrity, VPAR Live Golf Scoring, Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.