Matchplay Championship Northern Final Above Par
on: March 26, 2010, 9:26 am
The Golfers Club
Keen amateur golfers braved the March chill to take part in
the seventh Northern Final of the Matchplay Championship to win a place
in the Egyptian Grand Final in May.
In all, 36 teams teed-up at the Marriott Hollins Hall in the stunning Yorkshire
Dales for what was to be a nail-biting finale.
It has been a record year for entries in the Matchplay Championship which is now the
UK’s largest amateur golf tournament and a fixture on the golfing calendar with
coverage of all the finals on Sky Sports.
The top three from the prestigious men’s pairs CONGU active handicap category make
it through to the Grand Final which takes place at the five star Marriott Taba
Heights Golf Resort in Egypt from May 8.
Ranked first with 40 points were newcomers to the tournament Declan Quigley and Mark
McCoid, joined by Kenneth Burke and Richard Law in second place with 38 points and
Kevin Butler and David Anderson taking third position.
They will be joined by mixed pair winners Karen Burns and Graham Bell who won with
37 points, and husband and wife team Karen and Peter Greene who took second place in
the category with 36 points.
Non active CONGU handicap champions Patrick Turtle and Cyril Morris took top spot in
their category with 38 points.
“It was a fantastic day’s golfing and there were some real nail-biting moments
because the scores were so close. It made it even more competitive because Sky
Sports were there to cover play and interview all the competitors,” said John
Woosey, Managing Director of Golf Insurance provider, The Golfers Club which promotes the Matchplay Championship.
The Southern Regional Final will take place on Wednesday, April 14 at the Marriott
St Pierre where a further 10 pairs will join the lucky northern group who have
already qualified for Egypt.
Each finalist will be given international flights to Egypt, a practice fourball
round of golf, seven nights’ full board accommodation at the five star Marriott
Taba Heights Golf Resort and attend a lavish prize-giving gala dinner.
The Matchplay Championship also recently announced that it will be hosting its
2010-11 grand final at The Els Club, Dubai.
The venue is a major coup for the prestigious tournament which was launched in 2003
giving all golfers, whether they are members of a club or not, the chance to win a
trip of a lifetime and have their progress followed by the Sky Sports cameras, all
for an entry fee of just £20 per person.
Entries are now open for the 2010-11 tournament which take place on May 7-14, 2011,
at the stunning course designed by Ernie Els, winner of a record seven World
They have until June 30 to enter and will then take part in regional qualifier
rounds before a North and South regional final. In all 36 finalists will make it to
the Dubai Grand Final, staying at the sumptuous Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel.
Headline sponsors of the event are Direct Golf UK, Rewards4Golf.com and Golf Monthly
and the tournament, as well as the regional finals, will be covered by Sky Sports
and the Daily Telegraph. Other sponsors include GreenFree which offers golfers
savings on games of golf with 2 for 1 golf
To enter the Matchplay Championship for 2010-11 or to find out more information, log
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