Close House, a premier golf destination in the North-East of England connected to one of the country’s greatest golfers Lee Westwood, will host this year’s International Series England and ensure another world-class venue will feature on The International Series schedule.
The $2 million tournament will be played from August 17-20 and represents the fifth stop on The International Series in 2023.
The England event made its debut last summer, in the same region, and was a landmark event for the International Series and Asian Tour as it marked the first time the Tour had staged an event in the United Kingdom.
Close House Managing Director, Jonathan Lupton, said: “Welcoming the International Series back to Northumberland for a second consecutive year is an exciting development.
“Having had the pleasure to visit the International Series Oman in February, it was fantastic to see the growth of the Series over the last year and we’re looking forward to working closely with the Asian Tour to create a memorable event in England.”
The Scott Macpherson-designed Lee Westwood Colt Course (Westy is the club’s ‘Attached Tour Professional’) will be used for the tournament. The par-71 layout measures just under 7,000 yards, and incorporates historical features throughout and ancient woodland. It is one of two courses at Close House, with the other being the Lee Westwood Filly course.
“I am sure that the players will relish the challenge of the Colt along with enjoying a very warm welcome from the members and guests,” said Close House owner, Graham Wylie.
“The people of the North-East are extremely passionate about sport and to host another world class event in the region is a huge honour.”
The International Series was launched last year through a historic investment by LIV Golf that created a premier level of events to develop the next generation of stars and offer unprecedented pathways to top competition in the LIV Golf League. The ground-breaking initiative sits with the Asian Tour schedule and saw seven International Series events staged last season across seven countries in three continents.
“The Asian Tour is excited to be returning to Newcastle for the International Series England. We enjoyed a very successful event there last June, which marked the Tour’s first trip to the United Kingdom,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner & CEO, Asian Tour.
“To be able to stage the tournament this year at Close House, a fantastic venue that has such strong ties with Lee Westwood — a nine-time winner on the Asian Tour — adds an exciting new dimension to the tournament and provides another great opportunity for our membership.”
A strong field will once again make the trip to Newcastle hoping to emulate Scott Vincent’s win at Slaley Hall which was the start of a brilliant season for the Zimbabwean that culminated in him winning the International Series Order of Merit and a place in the LIV Golf League in 2023.