Dame Laura Davies and Trish Johnson among big names to play Championship this summer

We’re delighted to announce that two British women’s golfing legends, Dame Laura Davies and Trish Johnson, will play at Nailcote Hall for the 84th edition of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.

A winner of over 80 tournaments, including four majors, in a glittering 33-year professional career, Dame Laura is regarded as the greatest English woman golfer of all-time. Other career highlights include, becoming the first female to enter the men’s European Tour in 2004, representing England and Europe 12 times in the Solheim Cup, before being made a Dame by the Queen in the 2014 UK honours list.

Dame Laura Davies said: “I’ve heard a lot about the British Par 3 event over the years, so I’m really looking forward to making my debut at Nailcote Hall and playing alongside some true greats.”

Since turning pro in 1987, Trish has an incredible 20 total wins on the Ladies European Tour, winning the Order of Merit for the first time in 1990, before becoming the first European player to win back-to-back events on the LPGA in 1993. Other career highlights include appearing in eight Solheim Cups, second to only Dame Laura.

Taking place between 8-11 August 2017, the Professional Championship prize fund currently stands at €150,000, with €50,000 going to the winner. The event traditionally draws some of the finest up-and-coming golfers in the country, as well as a host of Senior and European Tour stars.

The 2017 edition of the Championship will be hosted for the tenth successive year by two-time Major winner and the most successful Ryder Cup captain of all-time, Tony Jacklin CBE.

“I’m delighted to be hosting the event once again, it’s exciting to hear that Dame Laura Davies will be playing this year and I look forward to welcoming her to Nailcote Hall for a special Championship.”

Some of the professionals to have taken part in the past include 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, Ian Woosnam OBE, Paul Lawrie OBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Eddie Pepperell, 1993 Ryder Cup star Peter Baker and Andy Sullivan. Also, to have previously attended are 2005 US Open winner Michael Campbell, Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Charley Hull, golfing legend Costantino Rocca, Paul Broadhurst and Lee Slattery.

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 Champions Damon Hill OBE and Nigel Mansell CBE, as well as British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, England football superstar Peter Shilton OBE, BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker, Coronation Street legend Bill Roache MBE, as well as Ashes winning cricketers Matthew Hoggard MBE and Jonny Bairstow.

Boyband stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, comedian Jasper Carrott OBE, TV presenter Max Rushden and former Strictly dancer James Jordan have also played at Nailcote Hall.

There will be a qualifier on the 5 June at Nailcote Hall, with an entry fee of £99 giving participants a chance at winning one of the minimum five qualifying spots on offer. For more information, please visit: http://www.theeagletour.co.uk/tournaments/the-british-par-3-championship-qualifier-3/.

Register for free tickets at: britishpar3.com/booking/event-ticket/2017.