Murcia, Spain: Asia’s leading amateur golfers will face a stern examination of their skills on the fairways of Spain’s La Manga Club in 2020.
From April 23-25, the five-time host of the Spanish Open will be the venue for the Bonallack and Patsy Hankins Trophies, featuring the top male and female amateur players from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Organised by the European Golf Federation and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, both matches feature teams of 12 players competing over three days of match play in a series of foursomes, fourballs and singles sessions – with the men contesting the Bonallack Trophy and the women vying for the Patsy Hankins Trophy.
Started in 1998, some of the biggest names in golf including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari, Jon Rahm, Danny Willett, Hideki Matsuyama and this year’s Open champion Shane Lowry have used the Bonallack Trophy as a stepping stone to global golfing stardom.
Added to the world amateur golf calendar in 2016, the Patsy Hankins Trophy will be played for the third time, with La Manga Club’s South Course providing the setting for both competitions.
The 7,149-yard layout has hosted numerous high-profile professional and amateur international tournaments in the past and will present the ideal stage for Europe and Asia-Pacific’s rising stars to showcase their golfing skills, with Asia-Pacific defending the titles they won in Qatar in 2018.
Nick Montgomery, General Manager at La Manga Club, said: “To be selected to host two such renowned international competitions is an honour for La Manga Club.
“It has been our privilege over the years to work with some of the most famous names in golf including Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and the late, great Severiano Ballesteros. To have this opportunity to showcase our fabulous resort to some of the game’s stars of the future is something we’re looking forward to immensely.”
Three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club – named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the World Golf Awards the last two years – has been a popular destination of golfers worldwide for the last five decades.
As well as three 18-hole golf courses, there’s a nine-hole, par-47 academy course and first-class golf training centre.
Visitors also have the chance to experience the resort’s other facilities including a 28-court tennis centre, a 2,000 square metre Wellness Centre, a choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants.