South African journeyman James Kingston is in Wales this week for the first European Senior Tour event of his career. The Rustenburg resident is part of a field that will tee it up at the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open, the first tournament on the European schedule outside of last week’s major – the Senior PGA Championship.
2016 and a new tour will present a fresh start for the 50-year-old golfer who has been plagued by injuries in recent times. The 2007 SA Open champion has failed to make a cut for a while on the Sunshine Tour or any other tour, with his last weekend performance coming at the 2014 Czech Masters (A Challenge Tour event) where he finished in a tie for 79th position.
An invitation this year to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open where the two-time European Tour winner was hoping for a strong comeback, did not bring any luck and another weekend absence followed in Swaziland at the Lombard Insurance Classic.
Kingston will hope that his injuries are a thing of the past and that he can challenge and begin to enjoy golf again in the over-50 category.
Fellow South African Chris Williams is also in the field this week, while tournament contenders include defending champion Paul Wesselingh and former champions Barry Lane and Phil Golding.