The rise of UK mini tours

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick September 14, 2020 14:28

Golf was one of the few sports to return quickly after lockdown and after numerous years of the sports participation levels on a continuous downward spiral, suddenly, the sport was once again hot property.

The number of newcomers to the game has increased along with every club’s core membership base largely getting back to normal.

However, it is not only at club level where things have improved, the return of professional golf with the European Tour, LPGA, and PGA Tour has continued to bring out the best of the sport not just for fans, but for punters too.

Looking to bet on the latest tournaments with sites like oddspedia.com has never been easier and the sports return has seen a spike in that sector too.

Perhaps a little further down the professional golf pyramid lies a number of mini tours enabling aspiring European Tour pros to regularly ply their trade or for established players to get some competitive action in before the more lucrative events.

The UK has arguably the most healthy ‘Mini Tour’ circuit so what are these events?

2020protour

Founded by European Tour player Chris Hanson and his caddy Adam Walker, the 2020protour has burst onto the scene in 2020 with great success.

With an equitable policy that seen a female winner, the 2020protour features plenty of big prizes for participating players including a race to 100 birdies £20000 prize.

Golfers such as Jamie Donaldson, Carly Booth, and Meghan Maclaren have all played on the Tour this year with its roots firmly based in Yorkshire.

Carly Booth. Image by Tristan Jones

Clutch Pro Tour

The Clutch Pro Tour is another Mini Tour that has really come into its own this year. With prize pots of £10000 to the winner of Major events, its no surprise the Tour has attracted the likes of European Tour regulars Andy Sullivan, Richard Bland, and Robert Rock.

Big partnerships with the likes of Mizuno Golf and Modest Golf Management has really thrust the Clutch Pro Tour to the top of the order.

Jamega Tour

Boasting Challenge Tour starts, healthy prize pots and a raft of experience, the Jamega Tour is a place for pros to really get their eye in and test themselves to see if they have what it takes to take the next step in their careers.

A pack calendar at truly fantastic venues is a real stand out feature for the Jamega developmental Tour.

1836 Golf Tour

The 1836 Golf Tour is one of the more established Mini Tours having been around for a number of years now.

Like most Tours, it offers a comprehensive order of merit and plenty of incentives for players looking to make the step to bigger things.

Created for professionals by professionals, 1836 packs in a strong annual calendar and season ending finale.

 

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick September 14, 2020 14:28
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