Prostate Cancer UK and The European Senior Golf Tour have agreed a ground-breaking initiative for us to become the new title sponsor of the Scottish Senior Open. The Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open will take place at Archerfield Links Golf Club, from August 27-29 2015.
The Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open will help increase awareness of prostate cancer, as well as raising money to support men across the UK. With a prize fund of £250,000 the tournament will have a field of 60 European Senior Tour professionals. It will have a Pro-Am format, meaning they will play alongside an amateur partner for the first two rounds before the professionals contest the final round on Saturday August 29.
More than 40,000 men in the UK, including 2,900 in Scotland, are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the most common type of cancer among men. Men over the age of 50 are more at risk of developing prostate cancer - the same age that players become eligible to join the Senior Tour, making the association a natural one for both parties.
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: "Prostate cancer will affect one in eight men in the UK during their lifetime, so clearly it is something that our membership and their friendship groups should be aware of. With Prostate Cancer UK having its name included in the title of the Scottish Senior Open, we hope we can help raise awareness to a key demographic and at the same time provide funds to support the charity’s good work. We have seen the magnificent achievements of Men United across football, rugby league and many other sports, and we hope this relationship will help golf play its part in making a difference in men’s health."
Andy added: "The tournament will be a Pro-Am format, similar to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on The European Tour, and we hope this unique format will allow individuals and sponsors the opportunity to participate in the tournament to help deliver this important message to a wide audience. With the quality facilities provided to us at Archerfield Links, it promises to be a fun event for all in aid of a good cause."
Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop said: "Our presence across sport continues to grow and we’re really excited about teeing up this new partnership with our friends from the European Senior Tour. Golf is a great fit for us at Prostate Cancer UK. From tee to green, it offers men that opportunity to talk openly and frankly with their mates outside the shackles of everyday life. Men United is about men joining together to fight a common opponent – prostate cancer – and do something great together to beat it. One man dies every hour from this disease, but it’s been proven by taking this issue to sporting venues up and down the land that we are starting to make a difference. Through the stellar work from club captains across the UK, our message is spreading throughout golf and to be able to work side by side with the game’s primary organisation on these shores offers a fantastic opportunity to further drive change."
Tom Younger, CEO of Archerfield Links said: "We are delighted to have Prostate Cancer UK as part of the Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield. With so many men across the UK affected by this disease we hope that this partnership can help raise awareness within the golfing community of the great work done by this charity."
This announcement tees off a big year for Prostate Cancer UK and golf, so please stay tuned to our news pages, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and developments. For general information about our golf activity visit prostatecanceruk.org/golf