The Cleveland Golf / Srixon Scottish Senior Open will return to Fairmont St Andrews for a third consecutive year from August 19-21, when former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane will defend his title.
Lane captured his maiden European Senior Tour title over the Torrance Course last year, completing a Scottish double 22 years after also winning his first of five European Tour titles in the land where golf was born in the 1988 Scottish Open.
The 50 year old Englishman finished four strokes clear of compatriots Jim Rhodes and Glenn Ralph, the 2009 champion, to win on just his fourth appearance as a senior golfer.
With both The Open Championship and The Senior Open Championship being played in the south of England this summer, the Cleveland Golf / Srixon Scottish Senior Open will be one of the premiere fixtures on the Scottish golfing calendar.
The 19th edition of the prestigious event sees leading golf manufacturer Cleveland Golf/Srixon return as title sponsor for a third consecutive year, extending their association with the Senior Tour with Cleveland Golf already the Official Club of the Senior Tour, and Srixon, the Official Ball Supplier to the Senior Tour.
Leading Senior Tour players will once again compete for the prize fund of €250,000 and winner’s cheque of £37,500.
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “The Cleveland Golf / Srixon Scottish Senior Open is one of the longest running tournaments on the Senior Tour and is a title that is much sought after among our players.
“Our strong relationship with Cleveland Golf and Srixon, as well as the ongoing support of EventScotland and Fairmont St Andrews, has helped continue the proud tradition of the tournament and we look forward to another fantastic event in August.”
Greg Hopkins, CEO of Cleveland Golf/Srixon, said: “The Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open was a huge success once again in 2010. The event provides us with the unique opportunity to allow our top retailers and customers to experience tournament golf in a fun environment, while the main event is one of the flagship events on the European Senior Tour circuit and one we are proud to sponsor.”
The event is once again being supported by EventScotland, the national events agency. Chief Operating Officer Paul Bush OBE commented: “The Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open has been on our portfolio of events since we were established back in 2003 so we have been part of its growth over the years.
“Fairmont St Andrews provides a wonderful setting to showcase Scotland as ‘The Home of Golf’ to the many visitors attending or those watching the coverage around the world.”
Garrett Turta, Fairmont St Andrews General Manager, said: “Fairmont St Andrews once again is proud to host The Cleveland Golf / Srixon Scottish Senior Open and we’re looking forward to welcoming back some legendary names in European golf.
“The significant improvements we’ve made to the Torrance Course put it among the best in the country. We have a fantastic course and are very popular with the players so I know we’ll attract a great line up to the home of golf in August and really give the crowds something to cheer about.”