Challenge Tour returns to Stoke-by-Nayland

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THREE-TIME European Tour winner Nick Dougherty is among the top golfers coming to play at Stoke-by-Nayland in July after it was announced the Challenge Tour is returning to the club.

The English Challenge, the only PGA event in England other than the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, will be hosted at Stoke-by-Nayland for the third year running after tour bosses continue to hold the family-owned complex as their number one choice.

Liverpudlian Dougherty, who finished seventh in the US Open in 2007, is among the experienced European Tour players currently playing on the Challenge Tour – golf’s second tier tour.

Stoke’s Jamie Moul, who has played the two previous free spectator events on his home course, will be away continuing his debut season on the European Tour in Austria, though he hasn’t made the entry list for events in Malaysia (last week), China (today) and South Korea (next Thursday).

The tournament on the Suffolk and Essex border, from July 26 to July 29, is set to benefit the local economy again by bringing visitors to the area and will be televised in 50 countries around the world.

Director at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Tamara Unwin, said: “We really welcome the opportunity to host top class golf here every year and the professionals really seem to enjoy playing our beautiful and challenging courses.”