England 's elite golfers will be aiming to continue their recent domination of one of Europe's most prestigious amateur events, the Copa S.M El Rey, when it takes place at La Manga Club at the end of the month.
English players are seeking a fourth win in a row at the Spanish International Amateur Championship and defending champion Jack Hiluta will head a strong challenge eager to extend the run at the award-winning resort in Murcia, south-east Spain.
Essex star Hiluta, who claimed victory at Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca 12 months ago, is one of ten members of England's current elite amateur squad who will take their place in the 115-man field to compete for one of European amateur golf's most sought-after titles on La Manga Club's renowned South Course from February 27 to March 3.
Joining him will be Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Garrick Porteous, Craig Hinton, Jordan Smith, Callum Shinkwin, Jamie Rutherford, Josh White and 2012 Brabazon Trophy winner Neil Raymond.
But they face strong opposition from some of Europe's best up-and coming golfers including France's Adrien Saddier, the highest ranked player in the event and world number 23, as the field bids to follow in the footsteps of an illustrious list of 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.
The tournament signals 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.
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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.