Big crowd expected at Stoke-by-Nayland to see senior golfers

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Thousands are anticipated to be at Stoke-by-Nayland over the next four days to watch the PGA Seniors Championship.

The 72-hole event, which starts today, will feature many of the stars from the PGA’s senior tour compete on the Gainsborough Course.

Defending champion Paul Wesselingh is among the favourites, with the former PGA club professional looking for a third consecutive trophy.

The 52-year-old beat Anders Forsbrand and Andrew Oldcorn by one stroke in last year’s event.

Sam Torrance — one of Europe’s Ryder Cup vice-captains — is hoping to repeat his triumph at the course when the tournament was held there in 2006.

The family-run Suffolk resort is hosting the event for the first time in seven years.

Tamara Unwin, family director at the course, said: “We’re really excited about hosting the event again. The course is looking fantastic.

“We’ve had lots of coverage for the event and are expecting a few thousand here during the tournament.”

Sky Sports will be screening a one-hour highlights programme each day.

Tickets available on the gate for £15. Children under 16 free with a paying adult.

Stoke-by-Nayland will also be running a family fun day on Saturday.

A packed schedule of activities including face painting, Tri Golf — a mini version of the game for young children — and other games will be available.

The tented village will also offer free coaching from 10am to 3pm from Stoke-by-Nayland’s PGA professional Roly Hitchcock for beginners and experienced golfers.

“We will be offering free coaching on each day of the tournament in the tented village,” said Hitchcock. “No matter what age you are, it’s a great chance to get some coaching and tips.”