Aug 19 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
EIGHT of Scotland’s leading PGA professionals will look to hit the headlines later this month when they take part in the £1.4 million, Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles from August 25-28.
Among them will be 33-year-old, Chris Doak from Greenock, who was flying high at Gleneagles back in October 2010 as he captured the Scottish PGA Championship in a drama-packed play-off over the King's Course.
On capturing the title Doak automatically qualified for the Johnnie Walker Championship and will be joined by the leading seven Scottish Professionals from the 2010 Scottish Region PGA Order of merit; Greig Hutcheon, Craig Lee, Jason McCreadie, Scott Henderson, Paul McKechnie, Gareth Wright and David Patrick.
Doak who held a European Tour card in 2009 and currently plays full time on the Challenge Tour is looking forward to teeing it up amongst a 156-man stellar field over The PGA Centenary Course, which includes fellow Scots Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie, who, incidentally, won the Scottish PGA Championship back in 2005.
Doak said: “Gleneagles is a special place and holds great memories for me, my second round of the Scottish PGA Championship over the King’s course was probably the best of my career and I hope I can stamp my authority over The PGA Centenary Course this time round. It will be great to play in such a fantastic tournament and I hope I can be there or thereabouts come the weekend.”
The 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles will again be broadcast on Sky Sports.
As the venue for the Johnnie Walker Championship and the Host Venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, The Gleneagles Hotel is one of the strongest supporters of golf.
That support is being increased this year with the introduction of “£5 Friday” during the week of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
The Gleneagles Hotel will donate all the revenue from on-the-day ticket sales to clubgolf – Scotland’s junior golf development programme.
Tickets are available at the course and at www.europeantourtickets.com
Parking is free. For full details on the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles visit www.johnniewalkerchampionship.com; for further details on The Gleneagles Hotel, visit www.gleneagles.com