Sky Sports golf analyst Mark Roe says his home county of Yorkshire is the perfect stage for professional golf tournaments.
Sheffield born Roe played on the European Tour for 21 years winning three times and has fond memories of playing in the Benson and Hedges at Fulford, York, and the Car Care Plan at Moortown, Leeds.
Roe said:” They were great events and very well supported and were very popular venues with the players.
“Yorkshire has so much to offer with a superb variety of courses surrounded by stunning countryside and I fully support Welcome To Yorkshire ambitions in bringing more top-class golf to the county. There’s a real passion for golf in Yorkshire.”
Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds based SGH Sporting Events s successfully staged a Covid-19 safe inaugural Ian Woosnam Senior Invitational at Ilkley Golf Club in the midst of the pandemic in September 2020. Now WTY Chief Executive James Mason has set his sights on staging the Solheim Cup and showcasing golf in Yorkshire to a worldwide audience.
Roe began his sporting career as a school high board diving champion but perforated an eardrum and took up golf at Hallowes Golf Club in his native city.
And he set his sights on becoming a professional after caddying for Eddie Polland in the 1977 Dunlop Masters at Lindrick.
“I was 13 at the time and met the great American professional Hubert Green and had afternoon tea with him. From that moment I knew I wanted to be a tournament professional. “
Despite representing GB& Ireland and England in boys golf he never got a Yorkshire cap. “That’s probably because I was a bit of a rebel, but I have some many great memories of playing golf in the county. Yorkshire has produced some great players and I think that can be attributed to the quality and variety of courses we are lucky to have.”