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Denise Smith and Darren Wallis to Play in Matchplay Grand Final in Dubai.

Yorkshire Golfers will compete in Matchplay Championship Grand Final at The Els Club, Dubai.

After a nail biting North Regional Final played at the picturesque Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club in Yorkshire on Monday 4th April, Denise Smith and Darren Wallis who are both members at Hollins Hall, have qualified for the Grand Final in Dubai next month. The pair will join fellow Hollins Hall members Graham and Patrick Young, who qualified out of the Men’s Pairs event. Beating off thousands of other competitors from across the UK & Ireland, both pairs have won the right to compete in the UK’s largest amateur golf tournament, the Matchplay Championship.

Having reached the final stage of their very own ‘Race to Dubai,’ the pair will be flown out to the Emirate, where they will enjoy 7 nights of luxury accommodation at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and 3 days competition at the renowned Els Club. Filmed exclusively by Sky Sports cameras, the pair will have the chance to shine in front of a TV audience usually reserved for the world’s best players.

“It’s fantastic to have come through the North Regional Final at our home club and qualify for the Grand Final in Dubai, which is an achievement in itself,” commented Grand Final qualifier Denise Smith. “Local knowledge definitely helped and we had a few birdies on the back nine, but just to be involved in such a professionally run event, which included on-course branding, photographers and Sky Sports cameras has been a fantastic experience. We didn’t expect to get this far but now we’re relishing the opportunity to bring the Matchplay Championship back to Bradford.”

“Despite some challenging weather conditions, we have seen some tremendous golf from the competitors here at Marriott Hollins Hall,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of the JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “Playing in front of the Sky Sports cameras is a great experience, and the pair of Denise and Darren certainly rose to the occasion. We’re excited about seeing them compete in Dubai where the conditions will be different again. They’ve certainly proven that they have what it takes to win.”

The remainder of the field for the 2010/11 Matchplay Championship Grand Final will qualify from the South Regional Final which takes place at Marriott St.Pierre, near Bristol. From these events, the final 36 golfers from the mixed and men’s pairs will advance to the Els Club, Dubai to compete from 7th-14th May.

Entries for the 2011/2012 Matchplay Championship are now open, including a brand-new Men’s Singles event. For further information please visit www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk

 

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