Golf News for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Tournaments

European Father & Son Golf Championship 2013 Grand Final in Spain

RedGolf the promoters of the European Father & Son Golf Championship have announced the 2013 Grand Final will be held at the excellent Valle del Este Golf Resort in the sunny, hot desert of Almeria Andalucia during the school term holidays 28th October to 2nd November. Almeria is situated in the most southerly eastern point of Spain within the autonomous region of Andalucia and boasts more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Spain - which is why this area is so popular for Golfers!

Tournament Director Toby Marsden said "This is a fantastic bonus for the event. We have negotiated sponsorship with the Andalucia and Almeria Tourist Authorities to televise the Grand Final on SkySports. We were looking for a family golf resort in a Southern European destination and we have managed to find one of the warmest and sunniest places in Europe! Its an important consideration as although we are running a serious championship to find the best Father and Son team in Europe - equally its all about giving competitors and their family an unforgettable holiday experience hence we feel we have found it in this area and Valle del Este and Almeria."

The championship is a 54 hole two ball better ball stapleford for handicap and scratch titles. Father and Son teams come from all over Europe to compete. There is no age restriction only a max handicap of 24 with 3/4 stroke allowance. Last years Championship oldest competitor was Norman Taylor from South Africa 90 years of age and son Leslie 57 and the youngest son being 10 years old.

The event celebrates 'family' and fathers and sons spending quality time together. Many teams come sporting identical team outfits which adds to the exciting colourful spectacle. The promoters try to run the event as close to a PGA event as possible giving ordinary golfers the experience, pressure and excitement of a pro event. Toby says "although we have some very experienced Professionals play in our event like Ryder Cup Golfer Paul Broadhurst we also have ordinary golfers.. We have first tee announcers, loud speakers, giant scoreboards, referees, press, SkySports cameras, caddies and crowds. Our main aim is to give some of the younger players invaluable tournament experience and help springboard them on to greater successes in their careers. Our dream is one day one of our lads will go on to become a famous tour player and we can proudly say we contributed in a small way."

Off the golf course the competitors and their families congregate in the hotel resort to enjoy each others company. The Championship starts with a welcome drink reception and finishes with a swanky Gala Dinner and Prize Giving as well as all being together in the hotel in the evenings on a half board basis. During the week additional competitions including longest drives and nearest the pins, putting and chipping competitions are held.

The event held its fifth anniversary last year in Lumine Golf Resort in the Costa Dorada (near Barcelona) Spain and the very experienced British champions Graham (1hcp) and son James (pro) made event history and became undisputed champions winning both the Handicap and the Scratch titles under the glare of the SkySports Cameras. They intend to come back and defend their titles but it depends on James tour schedule and whether he manages to qualify for the end of season Challenge Tour Championship.

Toby summarize's "I have been involved in many golf events over the years, but this one is very special. The families are what make it so successful. It is one big festival from the moment everyone arrives. Old friends meet and new friendships are formed for life. Its all about fun and having a great time. Anyone who has a dad or son, grandad that plays should join this event."

The package includes tournament entry, transfers, accommodation, half board, golf, prizes, welcome drink and gala dinner.

For further details and how to enter the event you can visit www.FatherandSonGolf.co.uk or call 01702 680180 for a brochure.

For more details contact Toby Marsden on 00 44 1702 680180 golfholiday1@gmail.com