Golf News for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | Tournaments

La Manga Club International Pro-Am on PGAs of Europe's calendar

Professionals and amateurs across Europe are being urged to move fast to sign up to the newest event on the PGAs of Europe's 2014 calendar - the 1st La Manga Club International Pro-Am.

The new co-sanctioned event, announced only a few weeks ago after the PGAs of Europe renewed its association with La Manga Club, has already received entries for 65 per cent of the available places.

Golfers from all over the continent including Germany, Holland, Spain and the UK have flocked to secure enter the tournament, which will be held at Spain's La Manga Club from March 7-11, 2014.

Gary Silcock, director of golf at La Manga Club, said: "La Manga Club is renowned for being a leader in golf destinations across Europe and beyond. The response we've had has been fantastic and proves that the resort's appeal to golfers, both pros and amateurs alike, remains stronger than ever.

"We've been inundated by people interested in taking part and sponsors are coming forward all the time. There is still an opportunity for a main sponsor to be involved and the event will provide a further chance for us to demonstrate why La Manga Club is still Europe's premier golf and leisure destination."

The event will see 30 teams from across the continent - made up of one professional and three amateurs - gather at the five-star resort to contest an overall prize fund in excess of €20,000 (based on 20 teams).

Participants will compete over 54 holes on the resort's acclaimed South and West courses for an array of individual and team honours, with packages costing €2,400 per team (professionals go free) including tournament entry, one practice round and practice balls each day.

In addition, the packages - which are based on two people sharing a room - feature four nights' five-star bed and breakfast hotel accommodation and a number of other benefits at the award-winning resort.

The pro-am will provide a fitting climax to a busy winter period for La Manga Club which will see it open a new Leadbetter Golf Academy in January - the only such facility in mainland Spain - and stage the 2014 Spanish Seniors International Amateur Championship a month later.

For more information on the 1st La Manga Club International Pro-Am and to book, contact Maria-José Blanco at , phone +34 968 33 1234 or visit . For further details about La Manga Club, please go to .

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La Manga Club - - 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 more than 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 and accolades.

La Manga Club was the proud recipient of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, for the facilities and service on offer at its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe. 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.