International Series England to Debut at Slaley Hall
Written by LIV Golf
London and Singapore (April 1, 2022) – The International Series today announced a new date and venue for International Series England which will now be staged at Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort – one of the great golfing venues in the North of England. The US$2 million tournament, the ninth event on the Asian Tour schedule and the second International Series event, will be played at the famous venue from June 2-5, paving the way for the Asian Tour to break new ground and sanction an event in the UK for the first time.
The International Series England was originally slated to be played at the Centurion Club during the second week of June, but it was moved one week earlier to accommodate the LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion. Importantly, the re-scheduling will give competitors the chance to qualify for what will likely be the most lucrative event of their careers. The exemptions will be:
The top-three players from the cumulative International Series rankings, through Thailand and England, will gain starts at the LIV Golf Invitational
The top-two finishers in the International Series England not otherwise exempt will also play their way into the mega event
The top player on the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the time, along with the top two players from the 2020-21 final Order of Merit will also gain berths
“This is a giant step forward for the Asian Tour and we are fortunate that the organizers have been able to accommodate the change in plans. The new date allows us to provide even greater rewards for the competitors. They are not only playing for the Asian Tour Order of Merit, but they will now also able to play their way into a series of ultra-lucrative events throughout the year,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner & CEO, Asian Tour.
“The Asian Tour is currently enjoying a remarkable period of growth and as a consequence we are able to give our members the opportunity to travel and play in new parts of the world. And, of course, to be able to visit an area which such great golfing heritage is of special significance and meaning.”
Slaley Hall is located in the Northumberland countryside and is a short drive away from Newcastle. Often described at the “Augusta of the North” the club boasts two courses: The Hunting and The Priestman. The venue hosted a European Tour event, The Great North Open, from 1996 to 2002 with Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie and Retief Goosen all enjoying a victory there.
“Having the opportunity to be part of this innovative event is exceptionally exciting for The QHotels Collection,” said Keith Pickard, Golf, Health Club and Spa Director for The QHotels Collection. “We have a wealth of experience in hosting tournaments and are delighted that Slaley Hall has been chosen as the official host venue. We have been very privileged to host some of the world’s top stars over the years and we are looking forward to welcoming the new generation of golf talent to Slaley Hall.”
American Sihwan Kim claimed victory in the International Series Thailand at Black Mountain Golf Club and currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit heading into next week’s Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup – one of two back-to-back events being jointly-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour. The Asian Tour will also be making stops in Korea and Japan prior to heading to England.
The second half of the year will see International Series stops in Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia before heading to the Middle East and then culminating in China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The International Series – new top-tier tournaments integrated with the Asian Tour schedule – was launched this year and will see 10 events played each year for the next decade.
“We are already breaking boundaries with The International Series as we make our second stop of the season in the UK – a first for the Asian Tour. It was our mission from the outset to grow the game globally, and I am proud to deliver on our promise,” said Greg Norman. “The opportunity and pathways that this presents for players on the Asian Tour – both from a financial and playing perspective – cannot be understated. I will be anxiously following along to see who will get the life changing invite into the LIV Golf event the following week.”
In October last year, Norman was announced as CEO of LIV Golf Investments – a newly formed company whose purpose is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a truly global scale to help unlock the sports’ untapped worldwide potential. LIV Golf Investments provided US$300 million in seed money to the Asian Tour to launch The International Series. PIF, one of the world’s largest and most impactful sovereign wealth funds with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.
Additional dates and locations for 2022-2023 International Series events to be announced soon.
About The Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of professional golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. The Tour is officially recognised by the Official World Golf Ranking and provides its events with valuable ranking points for participants to be recognised on the world stage. It is also an affiliate of The R&A. Tour Partners include Rolex (Timekeeper), Habitat for Humanity (Sustainable Development Partner), Titleist (Web Partner) and FootJoy (Tour Supplier). The corporate headquarters of the Asian Tour is based in Sentosa, which is the home of Asian Golf while Sentosa Golf Club is part of an exclusive network of properties under the Asian Tour Destinations. The Tour also has an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
About LIV Golf Investments
LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the USA and UK, with Asian offices to follow. Its purpose is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a truly global scale to help unlock the sports’ worldwide untapped potential. Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV Golf Investments. PIF, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.
About Slaley Hotels & Resorts
Slaley Hall Hotel lies south of Hexham, on the cusp of the North Pennines. Set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland and forest, the venue boasts a magnificent four-star hotel in an elegant Edwardian mansion, with two challenging championship golf courses.
Known as ‘Augusta of the North’, Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is considered one of the finest golfing destinations in the country, with a pair of highly regarded, USGA-approved courses – the Hunting and the Priestman – which have played host to no fewer than 18 European Tour and European Senior Tour events with a prestigious list of former winners including Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie and Retief Goosen.
The 7,000-yard, par-72 Hunting Course was designed by Dave Thomas and is defined by lush sweeping fairways, streams, lakes, towering trees and banks of rhododendrons. Aesthetics aside, its well-placed bunkers and tricky greens make this course a real challenge. For the Asian Tour Tournament the nines will be swapped round so that the players will be holing out in front of the iconic Slaley Hall.
The Priestman Course was designed by Neil Coles and despite only opening in 1999, it has matured magnificently. Situated on the west side of the estate with panoramic views of the Tyne Valley, there are a number of daunting water features to negotiate on a course which has also hosted the European Senior Tour.
Off course, the impressive Edwardian-era mansion offers stylish bedrooms and facilities including a state-of-the-art spa and large heated pool. There is also an outdoor activities centre where you can enjoy clay-pigeon shooting and off-road driving.
For dining, there are a number of options at Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, from Mr Kennedy’s Brasserie to The Claret Jug or Dukes Grill, all with stunning views and inventive menus to match.
The QHotels Group manages seven top golf resorts in England and Scotland: Belton Woods, in Grantham, Lincolnshire; Dunston Hall, in Norwich; Oulton Hall, Leeds; Slaley Hall, in Hexham, Northumberland; Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, in Shropshire; DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, in Brigg; and DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort.
About Almarose Hotels & Resorts
Almarose Hotel & Resorts - the hotel management arm of Aprirose - was formed following the acquisition of QHotels in 2017. It is responsible for 21 hotels operating under the QHotels, Doubletree by Hilton, Delta by Marriott and Accor brands. The Almarose estate is currently undergoing significant asset management and modernisation, with the rebrand of seven of the hotels. It launched five DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in 2018 and two Delta by Marriott hotels in 2019. For more information on Almarose Hotels & Resorts, please visit https://almarosehotels.com/.
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