The World Golf Teachers Federation has agreed to sponsor the professional purse at next week’s World Hickory Open being held at Panmure Medal course at Panmure Golf Club, an Open Championship qualifying course. Panmure is the course that Ben Hogan used for practice in preparing for his victory at Carnoustie in 1953. Lionel Freedman, chairman of the tournament, in commenting on the upcoming tournament for the Scottish media, said, “Over the years, the World Hickory Open has built up a loyal following, and thanks to global media attention over the last couple of years, it is now considered one of the main events in the hickory golf calendar. Many of the world’s top hickory golfers will once again be competing in this year’s event, which has been made even more attractive to professional golfers thanks to our new £3,000 prize fund, sponsored by the World Golf Teachers Federation. £1,000 will be awarded to the top golf professional, with the remainder split between the golf professionals in second to fifth place.” For more information on the tournament go to www.worldhickoryopen.com.