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TOP golfers from the European Senior Tour will be back in the area early next week to begin their preparations for the ISPS Handa Senior Masters, which is being held at Stapleford Park for the second year in succession.

Gary Wolstenholme, who made the top 20 at the OKI Open de España in Spain last week, is expected to tee it up on home ground against the likes of household names like Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and last year’s winner Bill Longmuir in the 54-hole tournament, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 3-5.

Spectators at last summer’s inaugural event saw some great golf from the tour’s senior players, with two holes in one during the three days and a remarkable winning total of 20 under par for Scot Bill Longmuir, who will be aiming to repeat his success after running into some form and coming third in Spain.

Pro-am events will take place next Wednesday and Thursday while the players refresh their memory of the Donald Steel-designed layout.

Entry and parking is free for spectators on all three competition days, although event sponsors ISPS (International Sports promotion Society) are focusing on raising funds in aid of the earthquake and tsunami disaster which struck Japan in March.

The organisation and its Japanese chairman Dr Haruhisa Handa has committed to support the disaster relief in some of Japan’s worst hit areas and with a fundraising target of $15 million.

The ISPS Handa Japan Relief Fund has also gained support from ISPS ambassadors Ian Woosnam, Sam Torrance and Sandy Lyle as well as other high profile golfers.