Historic Leeds Cup changes venue

THE iconic Leeds Cup, professional golf’s oldest trophy dating back to 1902, will be staged at Moor Allerton on August 24-25.

It was originally meant to be played at Howley Hall earlier in the month but has been switched due to a change in circumstances.

The 36-hole tournament will be preceded by a pro-am on August 23, the day after a pro-am at nearby Moortown where the Leeds Cup celebrated its 100th anniversary held last year.

It was won on that occasion by Carden Park-attached Welshman Garry Houston, who also prevailed at Oulton Hall in 2012 and who is expected to defend again.

Sandwiched between the preceding two years were Selby’s Nick Ludwell and Ben Mason, from Waterfront Golf, which completed four successive wins by professionals with European Tour experience.

Meanwhile, Moor Allerton head PGA professional James Whitaker has kindly helped to raise the prize-fund for the event.

The cup was presented to the PGA on its formation in 1901 by the Lord Mayor of Leeds to be competed for annually by professional golfers. Open champion Harry Vardon was the first to have his name inscribed on it at Cobble Hall.

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