Morecambe Bay Golf Festival attracts players from far and wide

Golf Festival team, left to right, Sam Holmes, Rob Kavanagh and Alan Leeson.
Golf Festival team, left to right, Sam Holmes, Rob Kavanagh and Alan Leeson.

Golfers from across the globe are set to take part in the 14th annual Morecambe Bay Golf Festival.

The amazing response means delighted organisers are forecasting record entries for this year’s event which is spread over a week beginning on Monday, September 8, with golfers again playing at Morecambe, Heysham, and Lancaster Golf Clubs.

The programme includes men’s fourballs, team events, a ladies team competition and an open team event.

Festival founder and organiser, Rob Kavanagh said: “Despite mixed weather conditions last September, the festival was deemed a success and already this year we have had more than 1,600 people register for this year’s event.

“We have even had entries from as far afield as France and Australia which is a pointer to how popular we have become.”

This year, the prize money will exceed a record £10,000 thanks to sponsorship from the likes of John Wilding, Barclays PLC, Metamark, Carlsberg UK, Ramsay Health Trust, Ratcliffe and Bibby Legal, Jessops Estate Agency, Bcc, M W Financial Solutions Ltd, Blackburn Audi and Simon Fletcher, Morecambe’s golf professional.

The festival trophy, which is the major prize for the three-day pair’s event, has again been donated by Classic Gifts & Engravers of Morecambe.

The festival was founded in June 2000 when the Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham clubs combined to create a golfing event aimed at attracting golfers to the area.

The plan was to stage the event in September to extend the golfing season and tempt more tourists to the Bay area.

Down the years, money raised from the festival has helped the three clubs develop facilities, most notably at Morecambe where the cash helped provide a purpose built half way house.

Golfers wanting to plan this year can get details and entry forms from Rob Kavanagh on 01524 807886 or via co-organiser Sam Holmes on 01524 855200.