Thursday, 29 May 2014


Paul Mayo will go head to head with some of golf’s biggest names when he tees up in next week’s ISPA HANDA PGA Seniors Championship at Stoke by Nayland.

The former Newport head pro is one of 20 PGA pros who qualified for the £235,000 event via the recent Senior PGA Professional Championship at Foxhills, Surrey.
Other Welsh representatives include Glyn Davies from Celtic Manor Resort and Roy Williams of the North Wales Golf Club while Sam Torrance, Mark James and Des Smyth are among the best-known players in action with Torrance and Smyth set to carve out a new chapter in their Ryder Cup careers as vice captains to Paul McGinley at Gleneagles later in the year.
Mayo, a former British Amateur champion, is unlikely to be phased having enjoyed a number of career highlights including playing in the US Masters alongside Jack Nicklaus, teeing off in the Open with Fuzzy Zoeller, partnering Colin Montgomerie in the Walker Cup and rubbing shoulders with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III on the US College circuit.
Williams, aged 54, meanwhile, a former Welsh badminton player, is relatively new to life as a PGA pro as he didn't turn pro until he was 46 having previously been a fitness instructor and coach to people with learning disabilities.
Paul Wesselingh, the reigning European Senior Tour No.1, is seeking a third straight triumph in the event which returns to Stoke by Nayland for a third time having previously hosted it in 2006 and 2007 when Sam Torrance and Carl Mason won respectively.
Previous champions include Open Championship winners Max Faulkner, Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson, while Christy O'Connor lifted the PGA Seniors trophy no less than six times.


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