November 10, 2010
Exclusive: Golfers set to bring £1million tourism boost
Burnham-On-Sea's tourism economy is set for a £1 million
boost next year when two major golf tournaments are held in the
town, we can reveal.
Burnham and Berrow Golf Club is to host the Brabazon Trophy Championships
in June and the National R&A Boys Championships in August,
with both attracting over 500 players.
club's Manager, Michael Blight, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These
are two big week-long tournaments which will each attract over
270 entries from around the world."
"We've never hosted both tournaments in the same year before
and this will benefit not only the club, but Burnham as a whole."
"The players travel with caddies, coaches and often family
too, so there will be a lot of extra people in the area wanting
accommodation and supporting Burnham's local shops and businesses."
He added: "I estimate the two events will deliver a combined
£1 million boost to Burnham's economy at a time when it
really needs it."
Ashton, Vice Chairman of Burnham's Chamber of Trade, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is extremely welcome news - it's fantastic that these
two big golf events are set to benefit the whole community."
"Burnham and Berrow Golf Club is a superb venue with one
of the country's top golf courses and it's superb news that these
two tournaments are being staged here."
And Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday
evening (November 10th): "This is brilliant news for Burnham
and I congratulate the team at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club for
bringing these tournaments here. It will be a wonderful boost."
By hosting both the R&A Boys Championship and the Brabazon
Trophy in 2011, the club will enter golfing history by becoming
the first course to hold both championships in the same year.
It comes after members of England's A golf team, pictured top,
played at the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club last week when a special
assessment camp was held.
Founded in 1890, Burnham and Berrow's first professional was
the legendary golf player JH Taylor, who was five times an Open
champion, and described the course as "one of the most sporting