The Legends return

LA MOYE GOLF CLUB will play host to golf’s big names in what is described as a ‘momentous occasion’ after they were included in the Legends Tour 2021 schedule.

Former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance was just one of many star players to grace the fairways at La Moye when the last Jersey Senior Open was held in 2016 Picture: ROB CURRIE.
Former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance was just one of many star players to grace the fairways at La Moye when the last Jersey Senior Open was held in 2016 Picture: ROB CURRIE.

The Legends Tour formerly known as the Staysure Tour has been rebranded and relaunched this year. The professional tour for over-50’s is operated by the PGA European Tour and last visited Jersey in 2016.

The ICL Jersey Legends event will run from 2 June until 6 June and will give 33 amateurs, some of which will be Island players, the chance to compete against 66 senior tour professionals in a Pro-Am format.

Daragh McDermott, chairman of La Moye Golf Club, said the event will be the biggest on the year’s sporting calendar and is a ‘momentous occasion’ for the Island.

‘As a club we are so proud to be included in the Legends Tour schedule. We are going to be working with Visit Jersey and Locate Jersey to make this more than just a golf competition.’

He added: ‘This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the beauty of our Island and all the amazing people and local businesses that make us so special.’

La Moye has often hosted major golf events and McDermott said that everyone involved with the club cannot wait for the opportunity to be involved with such a prestigious competition.

‘We have invested heavily in our facilities over the past few years and we work tirelessly to ensure our course is of the highest standard possible,’ he said.

‘All our staff are so excited at the opportunity to be involved in the event and I am sure we will rise to the occasion and show the golfing world what our Island has to offer.’

Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham said the tournament was a welcome addition to the sporting events diary. He added: ‘It will bring high profile golfers to the Island as well as additional visitors and media coverage.

‘Attracting events like this outside the peak months will benefit our visitor economy at an important stage of the recovery process.’

The tour is frequently shown on mainstream television and Islander Sarah Arora, the managing director of Golf Links, has been working to facilitate the return of the tour to Jersey.

She was keen to emphasise the size of the event and the benefits to the Island.

‘This event is huge and we will have celebrities and professional golfers flying into the Island next year if all goes to plan. It will really put Jersey on the map and will be advantageous to local businesses.’

The event was due to be played this year but was postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and Arora said that they will continue to monitor the situation closer to the time and will act accordingly.

Organisers of the event are looking for local businesses who want to get involved and help in any way. Anyone wanting more information should contact sarah@golflinks.pro.

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