The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is back for another stellar week of action at Nailcote Hall and while we can’t promise that the weather will work in our favour, we can anticipate, as always, a week of exciting competition. So, whether you are a long-time fan of the BP3 or entirely new to the championship, check out our guide to the event below…
What makes the BP3 so special
Unlike most golf events, the BP3 is a purely par 3 format meaning a round is quicker and all the more challenging for players. Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course is renowned for its narrow fairways and tricky greens and a mistake here can often be fatal to a player’s overall score.
As well as providing an action packed and all round faster paced game, the BP3 is also special in its inclusivity. Professionals, amateurs, celebrities, disabled players, men, women and players of all ages compete alongside one another on the course. Something that cannot be said of many golf tournaments.
Tuesday 6 August
Each year the event kicks off with a Celeb-Am where some of the biggest names from sport and entertainment come together to take on the Cromwell Course. Some of the celebrities who will be in action tomorrow include Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham MBE, British world champion athletes Kriss Akabusi MBE and Derek Redmond, Ex-Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, renowned comedians Bobby Davro and Jasper Carrott OBE, former Wales international rugby star Tom Shanklin and ex-England cricketers James Taylor and Ryan Sidebottom.
A gala dinner concludes the day where entertainment, fine dining and fundraising for charity takes place. The winner of the Celeb-Am as well as the best performing team will be presented with their prizes by event host Tony Jacklin CBE and there will be a chance for funds to be raised for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
Wednesday 7 August
The Pro-Am element of the week is where the real competition begins. On Wednesday Major and Ryder Cup winners take on the notoriously tricky Cromwell Course for a shot at the €50,000 first prize. Taking place over two days some of the star names who will be in action and hoping to take home the main prize include: 1991 Masters’ winner Ian Woosnam OBE, 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE, 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell, European Tour star Aaron Rai, Italian legend Costantino Rocca and last year’s winner Steven Tiley.
Once play has concluded professionals and their amateurs head to the VIP marquee for the legendary Players dinner. As well as a Champagne reception and three course meal guests are treated to a QnA with some of the stars of the tournament and comedy and music acts.
Thursday 8 August
With a championship title and significant prize money at stake, Thursday is where the winners will be crowned. Players will head out onto the course in reverse order and based on the scores they recorded on Wednesday.
One mistake could dramatically change the leader board and if scores are tied by the end of the day a play-off will take place to determine the winner. Following the action, a prize-giving will take place where the winner will be presented with the ceremonial wheelbarrow of pound coins.
Friday 9 August
Concluding the event will be another Celeb-Am with another stellar line-up of celebrities in action. Among them will be Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps, badminton star Gail Emms MBE, ex-Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes, legendary England rugby star Rory Underwood MBE, Irish boyband stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy and many more.
Finally, the week will end with a celebrity gala dinner where even more money will be raised for charity.
Be sure to keep an eye on Twitter @BritishPar3 during the event for all the latest updates. And for more information get in touch with Benny Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org