Published: November 10, 2010
Exclusive: Golfers set to bring £1million tourism boost to Burnham

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.

The club's Manager, Michael Blight, told "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."

Tom Ashton, Vice Chairman of Burnham's Chamber of Trade, told "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 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 courses conceivable."


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