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"To win is incredible and it’s not really sunk in yet. It's been a fantastic week and winning the competition is the icing on the cake. The course is a difficult test of golf, but one that can be enjoyed by any standard golfer. The hotel is superb and the weather fairly hot – but we knew that was going to be the case here in Egypt."

Gordon Livingston
Rob Vesty Matchplaychampionship Final Runner Up 2008 View All Testimonials

2010 Grand Final Taba Heights, Egypt

The Matchplay Championship 2009/10 finished on a high in Egypt in May 2010 with the grand finalists coming from all parts of the UK and Ireland - a true measure of how popular this tournament has become among golfers everywhere.

When Mark McQuoid from Downpatrick struck his opening drive 260 yards towards the Sinai mountains, splitting the first fairway and all under the watchful gaze of the Sky Sports cameras, the 2010 Matchplay Championship finals were well and truly underway. His partner Declan Quigley from Kirkistown, Co Down with his distinctive left over right grip was next and didn’t disappoint, his drive ending up a few yards short of Mark’s.

All the golfers taking part in the grand final soon realised that when playing at the fabulous Taba Heights Golf Resort it really is target golf. This immaculate course winds its way through the desert, with its spectacular views, lush fairways and manicured greens, but there’s lots of trouble if your shots go astray. Added to that is the heat, which for the three-days of competition was in the high-30’s.

Most pairings suffered on the first day trying to come terms with these different conditions with the notable exception of the Welsh pairing Luke Sandford and Adam 'Ziggy' Niblett who had a fantastic 8 under gross and a total of 47 points; a clear message to all the Men’s pairs that they were the ones to beat. It was Mark McQuoid and Declan Quigley who kept up the chase on the final day, snatching the runners-up spot with a fantastic front nine including a memorable Eagle from McQuoid. But the youngsters from Wales, Sandford and Niblett were calm and focussed winning the Men’s pairs title by an 11-point margin. “We’ll be entering again as soon as we get back. We really fancy defending the title in Dubai next year” said 18-year old Luke Sandford.

In the Mixed pairs Surrey couple Hannah Sneath and Jim Giberson with 43 points at the end of day one had established a 5 point lead over Karen Burns and Graham Bell. Although their lead was cut on day two, they held their nerve to finally win by 5 points. “Unbelieveable! We’ve had a great time here in Egypt. We just kept plugging away out there and Jim played some great golf to carry us over the line. Bring on Dubai” added the bubbly Hannah Sneath.

In the non-active section the Irish pairing of Patrick Turtle and Cyril Morris opened up a slight lead of one point on Nick Curyer and Spencer O’Leary but this was to change on day two when Curyer and O’Leary, with a fantastic 41 points, established a six point lead and there was no catching them on the final day. “We are just a couple of keen golfers who don’t have an active Congu handicap but want to play against golfers similar to ourselves. To be able to enter this competition and make it through to the finals here in Egypt is the stuff dreams are made of” explained Spencer.

After a number of local qualifying rounds, a regional final at either Marriott St Pierre or Hollins Hall and three-days of competition at one of the World’s most picturesque courses it was finally all over for this year’s finalists. Patrick Turtle from Co Down, who had the honour of sinking the final putt of the Championship, put the thoughts of all the finalists into words “We’ve had a fantastic time along the way and met some great golfers. Getting through to the Regionals was our cup final, but then qualifying through to the Grand Final here in Egypt is something that a keen amateur golfer like myself can only dream about. Cyril is my golf partner and best mate and we’ll never forget the 2009/10 Matchplay Championship.”

Over 4,000 entries were received for the 2010 event firmly establishing the Matchplay Championship as the premier event in the amateur golfer’s calendar. Throughout the UK and Ireland golfers are already entering the 2010/11 event which will culminate with a grand final in Dubai in May 2011. With the closing date for the next event fast approaching the word is spreading in amateur golf circles that this is a competition you really shouldn’t miss.

“We’ve had a great time at Taba Heights for the last three-years but we’re delighted to host the 2010/11 Matchplay Championship final at such a superb course as The Els Club. It makes the tournament even more attractive for keen golfers everywhere,”
- said John Woosey, Managing Director of The Golfers Club which organise the Matchplay Championship.

“There will be 36 finalists coming with us to Dubai, together with the UK press, the Sky Sports camera team and the tournament officials. What we can promise them is a week of competition golf they’ll never forget.”

“For just £20 entry fee the finalists will be flown to Dubai, stay at the sumptuous Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, play 3-days of competitive golf at the magnificent Els Club and enjoy a lavish prize-giving gala dinner. And you get to enjoy it all with your golfing partner; what a cracking prize!”

”It’s not every day as an amateur golfer that you’ll find yourself and your partner walking up the 18th with the Sky Sports cameras on you!”
- added John.

There are four categories which are: Men's Singles, Men's Pairs and Mixed Pairs with a CONGU active handicap. There is also a fourth category for Men’s pairs with a non-active CONGU handicap which enables golfers who are not members of a golf club to enter the event.






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