The Staysure Tour enters an exciting new chapter as Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel, for the fourth successive year, host The Sinclair Invitational (formerly known as The Willow Senior Golf Classic)
The tournament renamed for 2019, after its founder Duncan Sinclair, will this year raise funds for On Course Foundation – The official charity for The Sinclair Invitational 2019
The prize fund has been increased from £370,000 to £400,000 for this year’s event, placing the tournament in the Tour’s top tier in terms of ranking points for the Order of Merit.
Spectators were treated to a nail-biting finale last year as Peter Fowler pulled clear of a trio of players with whom he shared the lead ahead of the final round to win his sixth Staysure Tour title by two shots.
Hanbury Manor is set in 200 acres of spectacular Hertfordshire parkland with a stunning 17th century Jacobean style country house. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course offers a true test of golf with each hole providing a different challenge.
Andy Lee, MD of Sportingclass commented, “We are obviously delighted to have been appointed by Duncan Sinclair, to continue to manage the event on his behalf. I think with the slight change of date, the increase in prize-money and a dynamic charity, this year’s Sinclair’s Invitational will be a hugely exciting and successful event.”
David MacLaren, Head of the Staysure Tour, said: “We are thrilled to retain one of our most prestigious tournaments on our schedule for 2019 and particularly given that the tournament now boasts one of our highest prize funds. This is a new chapter for what will now be known as The Sinclair Invitational and work has already begun behind-the-scenes to make this the best edition yet. The Sinclair Invitational is a stand-out event on our schedule.”
Duncan Sinclair, Tournament Founder, said: “It has been wonderful to be associated with the Staysure Tour since 2016 and to see the inclusion of The Sinclair Invitational in the 2019 Schedule. We look forward to another successful tournament at Hanbury Manor and to joining with the many tournament sponsors to raise funds for the On Course Foundation.”
Stan Power, Director of Golf at Hanbury Manor, said: “It is excellent news for all involved that The Sinclair Invitational will take place at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club this year.”
The On Course Foundation helps aid the recovery of injured and sick service personnel and veterans through nationwide golf events and employment in the golf industry.
Alistair McKay Forbes, Managing Director of On Course Foundation, said “We are indebted to Corrine and Duncan Sinclair for designating On Course Foundation as the benefitting charity of this year’s Sinclair Invitational. As the only military charity that supports the recovery of wounded Service personnel and veterans through the sport of golf, we play a vital role in their rehabilitation, transition back to normal civilian life and sourcing of employment opportunities within the industry. Our association with the tournament will allow us to increase public awareness of our work and draw attention to the issues that our beneficiaries face as they recover from their life-changing injuries.”