Scottish Senior Open

Scottish Senior Open

Day 1 of the 2017 Scottish Senior Open, a European Tour event with a prize fund of £250,000 taking place from 4th-6th August on Scotland’s Golf Coast.  Admission is free with a nominal charge for car parking.

The Scottish Senior Open returns to East Lothian for a third year in a row but this time at a new venue.  The 25th staging of the tournament is being hosted at the Renaissance Club where past champion Paul Broadhurst is among the top-class names participating.

Broadhurst, who claimed the title on his European Senior Tour debut in 2015 just 15 days after his 50th birthday, is one of four Major Champions from the Regular and Senior Tours to compete this week on Scotland’s famed Golf Coast.  As well as the Englishman, other Major winners are Welshman Ian Woosnam, who in 1991 slipped on the Green Jacket as Masters Champion at Augusta National, Roger Chapman and Mark McNulty.  England’s Chapman triumphed in back-to-back Senior Majors in the United States in 2012 while Ireland’s McNulty won the Regions Tradition in the USA in 2007.

Photo: Renaissance Club

Photo: Renaissance Club

Woosnam is one of three Ryder Cup captains in the field, along with Scotland’s Sam Torrance and Mark James of England.  In all, 13 Ryder Cup players have entered the event, where the first 36 holes will be contested in the Alliance Pro-Am format (amateur players paired with a professional).  The final round on Sunday, August 6 will be for pros only, with the winner taking home a cheque for £37,500.

Also in the high-quality field is Renaissance Club’s touring pro, Ronan Rafferty of Northern Ireland, a former winner of the European Tour Order of Merit.  Past champions Broadhurst and Torrance are joined by four other previous winners of the Scottish Senior Open and defending champion, Paul Eales of England.

Torrance was the last ‘home’ winner of the tournament 11 years ago and he is joined in the quest for another Scottish success by Andrew Oldcorn, Stephen McAllister, Gary Orr and Gordon Brand Jnr.

This is the full list of the players in action together with tee times once published.

Alongside the golf there will be fun for all the family at the East Lothian Council-sponsored interactive golf zone in the public village, which includes the Council’s welcome tent, interactive area, children’s putting zone, and Segway zone.  Additionally, Rogue Village will offer authentic street food flavours of East Lothian, featuring locally sourced food and drinks.  And in attendance in the tented village will be Haggisman, Something Brewed, Herringbone and The Big Blu – plenty to satisfy all appetites and tastes.

Admission at the Scottish Senior Open is free. Car parking will be charged at £5 per car, single occupant. £10 per car, 2+ occupants.  All proceeds will be donated to the official event charity, Prostate Cancer UK.