Golf News for Monday, January 28, 2013 | Tournaments

Spanish International Amateur Championship at play La Manga Club

Europe's top up-and-coming golfers will head to the five-star La Manga Club at the end of next month (February) to contest the 2013 Copa S.M El Rey, the Spanish International Amateur Championship.

The award-winning venue near Murcia, south-east Spain, will stage the prestigious event on its renowned South Course from February 27 to March 3 when the 114-man field will compete for the chance to succeed England's Jack Hiluta as champion.

The competition is one of European amateur golf's most sought-after titles with previous winners including European Ryder Cup-winning captain Jose Maria Olazabal, 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and top Spanish star Sergio Garcia.

La Manga Club's South Course is the ideal venue for the continent's rising stars to put their skills to the test, with the 6.499-metre lay-out having hosted numerous high-profile tournaments in the past including the Spanish Open five times and qualifying schools for both the European Tour and Ladies' European Tour.

Gary Silcock, La Manga Club's director of golf, said: "It's a great honour for the resort to be chosen to stage this event as it is one of the leading tournaments on the international amateur calendar.

"I'm sure everyone will enjoy the fantastic facilities that we have to offer here and playing the South Course, which has played host to some of golf's biggest stars including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and the late, great Severiano Ballesteros.

"The course is fair and there will be opportunities for the players to put together a good score, but there is also plenty of trouble lying in wait for those people who stray off-line. It should provide a great test."

The tournament will signal the start of a busy period for Europe's premier sports and leisure destination as its golf season gets into full swing.

Barely a week after the Copa El Rey finishes, La Manga Club will stage the Ecco Tour's Nordic League Winter Series for a fourth time from March 12-22, while it is also scheduled to host the Swedish PGA and the 17th edition of the popular Addison Lee Footballers' Classic later this spring.

La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sports and leisure destination including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa and fitness centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, more than 20 bars and restaurants and provides a rewarding holiday experience for adults and children alike.

For more information and to book call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reserve@lamangaclub.com or visit www.lamangaclub.com.

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La Manga Club - www.lamangaclub.com - is an unrivalled sports and leisure paradise which sits between the low hills that separate the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor Sea, just 20 minutes from Murcia airport and an hour from Alicante.

Set out over an area of some 560 hectares (approx. 1,400 acres), it enjoys a mild year-round Mediterranean climate and offers visitors a prestigious five-star hotel, luxury vacation apartments and extensive sports facilities, including three championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and eight grass sports pitches. The resort is also home to innumerable leisure facilities, such as the 2,000m2 Spa La Manga Club with its 13 luxurious treatment rooms, comprehensive fitness centre and 25m indoor swimming pool; meeting, banqueting and incentive facilities, and more than 20 restaurants and bars.

As well as hosting both Davis and Fed Cup tennis matches, La Manga Club has signed a long-term deal to be the overseas training resort of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) until 2016. It has also staged the Spanish Open golf championship and regularly attracts professional and international football teams to the first-class year-round training facilities which are also used by rugby and cricket sides.

As a result of almost 40 years of continued investment, innovation and commitment to excellence, La Manga Club is widely recognised as Spain's flagship resort and as one of the finest sports and lifestyle destinations in the world. Evidence of this is provided by its numerous awards.

La Manga Club was the region of Murcia's candidate to bring the 2015 Solheim Cup to Spain. The resort has long been a staunch supporter of women's golf, being the official overseas resort partner of the English Women's Golf Association for three years as well as hosting the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School from 2009-12. La Manga Club is also the venue for the Ladies Murcia Open, an LET Access Series event, and regularly hosts top women's amateur events and teams.