The 2021 European Senior Men’s and Ladies’ Championships are set to take place this week at Golf de Morfontaine in France.
The championships will be contested over three rounds of stroke play from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June.
First played in 1996, This year’s event will mark the 26th edition of the championships. The 25th edition, held just 9 months ago after being pushed backed due to the Covid-19 crisis, was also held in France at Golf Club d’Hossegor.
The championships are reserved for players aged 50 and over, with medals being awarded to the top-3 men and ladies in each category. A 60+ prize is also presented to the top man and lady over the age of 60.
This year’s championship will be contested by 90 men and 54 ladies representing 24 different countries.
Jacobo Cestino and Maria de Orueta, who completed a ‘double’ for Spain with wins in both the men’s and ladies’ championships last year, will tee it up at Morfontaine this week.
The podium of the 2020 European Seniors' Championships at Golf d'Hossegor
Other notable players in the men’s field this week include former two-time European Mid-Amateur champion, Richard Heath (AUS), 2019 Champion Mattias Pernheden (SWE), 2018 Champion Martin Birkholz, 2017 Champion, Markus Frank (SUI) and 2014 & 2015 winner, Clive Jones (ENG).
Notable players in the ladies’ field include Macarena Campomanes (ESP), the 2016, 2018 and 2019 champion, Susanne Lichtenberg (GER), the 2017 champion, and bronze medalist of the last two years, Christine Petit Martin (FRA).
The Grand Parcours at Golf de Morfontaine, consistently ranked amongst the very best courses on the continent, will provide the test to the field this week.
The club has formerly hosted the European Mid-Amateur Championship (2010), the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship (1986), and the Vagliano Trophy (1993), but will host the European Senior Championships for the first time.
Grand Parcours at Golf de Morfontaine
Photo credit: Pierre Chabot