Gleneagles, the world-famous Scottish hotel and sporting estate, served up one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of its annual International Pro Am, as two of Scotland’s finest up-and-coming golfing talents battled for the prestigious 2019 title.
Fresh from his victory at the EuroPro Scottish Masters the previous week, Daniel Young, and Gleneagles’ own PGA Professional, Tom Higson (winner of the International Pro Am for the last two years), went head-to-head on all three tournament days, with Young emerging victorious, and claiming the £8,000 prize, after a dramatic two-hole sudden-death play-off.
In perfect conditions on Day One, Young carded a spectacular nine-under-par 63 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, host venue for next month’s Solheim Cup, with Higson recording a five-under 63 on The Queen’s.
Day Two saw an exact reversal, with Higson recording -9 on The PGA Centenary Course, and Young a -5 on The Queen’s. Both then returned one-over-par 71s on the final day’s play on The King’s Course, to reach their incredible stalemate.
Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at Gleneagles, said:
“Here were two professionals in the best form of their lives, playing world-class golf across our immaculate championship golf courses at Gleneagles. There was no better way to celebrate this very special four-day event that is quickly becoming one of Europe’s finest Pro Ams.”
In a field rich with professional golfing talent, including Gleneagles golf ambassador, Calum Hill, fresh from his Challenge Tour win at The Euram Bank Open and joint 26th place in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and female ambassador, Hannah McCook, golfing amateurs enjoyed a festival-style atmosphere.
Twenty-three teams of four, which included entries from Azerbaijan, Aruba, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Spain and the home countries, played for a prize fund of £30,000, a 60% increase from 2018.
Guests enjoyed a tournament that blended golf with luxury accommodation in the award-winning Gleneagles Hotel, currently ranked the #1 Golf Resort in UK & Ireland by Golf World Magazine, with some of Scotland’s finest food and beverage experiences.
Gary added: “Always played the week after The Open, we use our International Pro Am to celebrate everything that is special about golf, Gleneagles and Scotland. In a year in which we have celebrated the centenary of The King’s and The Queen’s courses, and the forthcoming staging of The Solheim Cup, it was fitting to have such a memorable and enjoyable climax for our guests and their pros.”
Bookings are already being taken for the 2020 International Pro Am, July 21-24. Golfers seeking to secure a team should contact Gleneagles Resort Sales on (UK) 0800 704 705 or 01764 662231. Alternatively, email: email@example.com
For further information about Gleneagles, visit: www.gleneagles.com