Challenge Tour returns for you
Challenge Tour is the second-tier men’s professional golf tour in Europe and is back for the 2018 season with tournaments lined up for the next two months and the full year until Nov.1, 2018 when Challenge Tour Grand Final is scheduled.
Here we are well with almost the end of the month of March and Challenge Tour has scheduled its first event at Barclays Kenya Open and you will find the details for tournaments scheduled for next two months below.
- Barclays Kenya Open – Mar. 22 – Mar. 25, 2018
- Belt & Road Colourful Yunnan Golf Open – Apr. 12 – Apr. 15, 2018
- Turkish Airlines Challenge – Apr. 26 – Apr. 29, 2018
Barclays Kenya Open
Barclays Kenya Open is a golf tournament in Kenya and played annually on the Challenge Tour since 1991. It was founded in 1967 and has been held at Muthaiga Golf Club near Nairobi every year except 1968, 2004-2008, and 2013-16 when the tournament was held at Karen Country Club.
Barclays has been the title sponsor since 2011, the edition won by Michiel Bothma, and the defending champion is Aaron Rai who has earned his European Tour rights after winning three events on the Tour and is still showing tremendous growth.
Kenya’s Jacob Okello has made the most appearances at the event and his 11-under-par 61 is the best round ever recorded at Muthaiga Golf Club.
Jacob Okello is hoping he can go one better in what is a landmark year for both himself and the Barclays Kenya Open, as they both turn 50 years old.
Born on Christmas Day in 1968 in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, Okello took up the game of golf aged five and has since gone on to represent Kenya in 20 editions of the Kenya Open.
Belt & Road Colourful Yunnan Golf Open
Belt & Road Colourful Yunnan Golf Open is a professional golf tournament added to the Tour roster starting this year from Apr. 12 – Apr. 15, 2018 at Kunming Yulongwan Golf Club, in Yunnan Province.
The event is co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour and the China Tour with a prize fund of US$350,000. The 126-man field for the inaugural Yunnan Open will consist of 63 players from the Challenge Tour, and 63 from the host nation, including a number of sponsor exemptions.
Turkish Airlines Challenge
Turkish Airlines Open is an annual event on the Challenge Tour since 2010 and was won by Charlie Ford in a playoff against Oscar Floren and returned in 2014, after four years of gap.
Ryan Evans won the 2017 edition with four-strokes over Tapio Pulkkanen, and this year, the event is scheduled for Apr. 26 – Apr. 29, 2018 at Gloria Golf Club, in Belek, Antalya, Turkey.