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New PGT tournament at the Golfanlage Holledau

Wolf Open 2021

Good news for Pro Golf Tour players and fans: the 2021 Wolf Open is a new tournament on the Satellite Tour calendar from 7 to 9 August. Another 30,000 euros in prize money will then be at stake on the Golfanlage Holledau in Rudelzhausen in Germany. The tour calendar therefore includes a total of 15 Order of Merit tournaments this year as well as two Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School events for the 2022 season.

by Matthias Lettenbichler

Rudelzhausen/Germany – “We are very happy that with the Golfanlage Holledau another German golf club and with the tournament title sponsor Wolf a worldwide renowned company are committing themselves to the Golf Stars of Tomorrow series and hosting a Pro Golf Tour tournament this year,” says Peter Zäh, CEO of the Pro Golf Tour. Up to 156 players will tee off in the Hallertau on 7 August and compete on the championship course “Weihrerhof” of the 36-hole-estate. At par 72, the course is 5,980 metres long and the fairways are picturesquely embedded in the hilly Hallertau landscape.

Participants can in any case expect a top-class tournament on an equally top-class course, which would like to position itself as a Pro Golf Tour tournament venue. “As host of the Pro Golf Tour, we are delighted to be able to present the Golfanlage Holledau to an international audience with the help of our long-standing partner Wolf,” said Andreas Zeising, Managing Director of the club, which was founded in 1986. “We will welcome players from nearly 20 countries – and certainly some top talent from our region. As the host club, we receive wild cards, which we would like to use to give some of our club talent the opportunity to compete against the Pro Golf Tour professionals on their home course. It will be very exciting to see how the tour players perform on our course, how they play each hole and what scores are ultimately possible.”

Course record 61 by Lee Spencer

The performance of the Holledau professionals Lee Spencer and Sascha Elender will be interesting from several points of view: Englishman Lee Spencer is not only the head professional and vice-president of the Holledau Golf and Country Club, which is based on the course, but also the defending champion of the tournament as it were: in 2005, the Pro Golf Tour, then still known as the EPD Tour, made a guest appearance in Rudelzhausen, and Spencer not only won the tournament but also set a course record with a round of 61, which still stands today. And that’s not the only reason why the 48-year-old can be counted on at any time on his home course: the strong PGA golf professional, who originally comes from Liverpool, recently celebrated his 20th club anniversary at the Golfanlage Holledau, and of course he wants to top this off with a good result on his own doorstep. “Our course is not very long, but you have to play tactically to be successful here,” says the course record holder. “The most crucial thing is to play the greens, some of which are very large, on the right side to have any realistic chance at a birdie at all.” Sascha Elender is also one of the strongest players among PGA of Germany teachers, and he also has a lot of tournament and Pro Golf Tour experience.

Before the professionals’ first tournament round, the Wolf Open ProAm is on the agenda on 6 August, where guests of the title sponsor will play together with the professionals. “We are delighted to be able to support the Pro Golf Tour as a tournament title sponsor. We have been a partner of the Golfanlage Holledau for more than 15 years and organise Wolf golf tournaments here with our customers. The fact that we can now offer our specialist partners this extraordinary opportunity to play a round with top golf professionals is of course an absolute highlight for us and our customers,” says Bernhard Steppe, Managing Director Sales at Wolf. It is also important for Wolf to promote local golf talent and give them the opportunity to compete with international professional golfers, Steppe added.

The Wolf Group ranks among the leading system suppliers of heating and climate control systems and is a full-range supplier of energy-saving solutions in the building services sector. With its 2,100 employees and 60 sales partners in over 50 countries, the company positions itself internationally as an “expert for a healthy indoor climate”.

Four professional events in Bavaria

With the Wolf Open, a total of four top-class professional tournaments are now scheduled in Bavaria this year: the 2021 BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried (24-27 June), a European Tour tournament, the Pro Golf Tour tournaments 2021 Wolf Open (7-9 August) and 2021 Starnberg Open (16-18 August) as well as the German Challenge powered by VcG, a European Challenge Tour tournament, which will be held at Wittelsbacher Golfclub Rohrenfeld-Neuburg from 9-12 September.

“Southern Germany is therefore covering the entire range of Professional Golf in Europe this year,” said Peter Zäh. “From our Pro Golf Tour Satellite level to the Challenge Tour and the premier league, the European Tour, all levels are represented. We are proud to be able to make an important contribution with the Pro Golf Tour tournaments so that hopeful talents from all over Europe can gain a foothold in professional golf and prepare themselves for tour life. Our thanks go especially to our partner clubs and of course their sponsors, who make such an extensive tournament calendar and tournament organisation possible at such a high level in the first place.”