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2011 Grand Final The Els Club, Dubai

Grand Final of the UK’s biggest amateur golf event comes to a close at The Els Club in Dubai

After a stunning display of fearless golf over the back nine at The Els Club in Dubai, the Matchplay Championship Grand Final was won by Andy Billson and Andy Castell from Collingtree Park Golf Club in Northamptonshire. The pair overturned a one-shot deficit going into the final 4 holes to claim the title by 2 shots from overnight leaders Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers. In the Mixed Pairs event Paul Fell from Clays Golf Centre and Joanne Beddows from Caldy Golf Club in Wrexham produced a dominant performance to take the title by 5 shots from Mike Perry and Samantha Hill. Fell and Beddows added a best-of-the-day 43 points to their existing 78 total in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, in the non-active category, Stuart James and Craig Sullivan from Cardiff are the new Matchplay Champions for 2010/2011

“We’ve had a fantastic experience this week, if you’re an amateur golfer and you don’t enter this tournament you must be mad, everything is so well run it’s like playing in a professional tournament,” commented Andy Billson.

“We got off to a slow start today, perhaps nerves played a part, but we really got it going around the turn making 3 straight birdies from the 7th to the 10th holes. On the 15th when Andy hit it in the hazard but amazingly the ball was playable and he managed to got it greenside. He ended up chipping it in for a birdie and four points, which took us into the lead."

The players have enjoyed luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel throughout the week, as well as complimentary flights to Dubai and 4 rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club. Perfect weather has been a feature throughout the week as the 36 finalists, who entered for just £30 were whisked off for a truly unique amateur golf experience.

“It’s been a fantastic Matchplay Championship Grand Final. We’ve seen some great golf and experienced superb hospitality, professionalism and courtesy at both the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel and The Els Club,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of The JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship.

“The tournament has been an overwhelming success and we couldn’t be happier. I know the players have had an unbelievable experience, so a big thanks go out to all the sponsors who without their support none of this would be possible.”

“It’s been a pleasure having the Matchplay Championships here at The Els Club this week,” commented Chris Brown, General Manager, The Els Club, Dubai.

“The course is in great shape at the moment and hopefully the players have had fun playing on a championship calibre golf course. We’re looking forward to hosting the tournament again next year.”

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2011 Grand Final Results

Men’s CONGU-Active

Place Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
1 Castell 40 39 41 120
2 Scott-Douglas 41 39 38 118
3 Welch 37 37 43 117
4 Young 38 40 38 116
5 Taylor 37 40 36 113
6 Johnson 40 35 36 111
7 Potts 34 39 37 110
8 Bishop 41 33 34 108
9 Brown 37 37 32 106
10 Donaldson 32 37 36 105

Mixed Pairs

Place Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
1 Fell 34 44 43 121
2 Perry 36 39 41 116
3 King 36 36 42 114
4 Smith 35 39 35 109
5 Morris 38 37 34 109
6 Greene 33 35 31 99

Men’s Non-Active

Place Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
1 James 35 39 31 105
2 Rose 32 38 32 102

2011 North Regional Final Results

QF = Denotes teams that have qualified for the Grand Final in Dubai, 7 – 14th May2011

Men's Pairs

Place Name   Score Countback
1 Team Moseley (QF)   42  
2 Team Young (QF)   41 3:9
3 Team Potts (QF)   41 3:8 9:22
4 Team Brown (QF)   41 9:21
5 Team Johnson (QF)   41 9:20 3:8
6 Team Dad   41 3:7
7 Team Garde   40 6:14
8 Team Woolfrey   40 6:13 9:20
9 Team Edwards   40 9:17
10 Team Robinson   39 9:20
11 Team Harrington   39 9:19
12 Team Caig   39 9:17
13 Team Greenwood   38 9:20

Mixed Pairs

Place Name   Hcap Score Countback
1 Team Fell (QF)   4 41  
2 Team Smith (QF)   11 37  
3 Team Greene (QF)   6 35 6:13
4 Team Maitland   8 35 6:11
5 Team Bravery   17 34 9:18
6 Team Allan   6 34 9:17
7 Team Ryan   10 33  
8 Team Gough   16 31  

Men's Pairs Non Active

Place Name   Score Countback
1 Team Rose (QF)   40  
2 Team Lomas   36  
3 Team Canova   34  
4 Team Turtle   33  
5 Team Mishra   30  

2011 South Regional Final Results

QF = Denotes teams that have qualified for the Grand Final in Dubai, 7 – 14th May2011

Men's Pairs

Place Name   Score Countback
1 Team Castell (QF)   44  
2 Team Donaldson (QF)   43  
3 Team Scott-Douglas (QF)   42  
4 Team Welch (QF)   41  
5 Team Bishop (QF)   40  
6 Team Jackson   39 9:22
7 Team Turnball   39 9:19 6:12
8 Team Dennis   39 6:11 9:19
9 Team Latter   39 9:18
10 Team McCarthy   38 9:19
11 Team Noble   38 9:17
12 Team Bell   37 9:22
13 Team Dower   37 9:19 6:12

Mixed Pairs

Place Name Hcap Score Countback
1 Team King (QF) 5 40  
2 Team Morris (QF) 5 39  
3 Team Perry (QF) 6 38  
4 Team McAuley 16 37  
5 Team Lowdon 9 36  
6 Team Crouse 8 35  
7 Team Clement 8 34  
8 Team Rose 14 33  

Men's Pairs Non Active

Place Name   Score Countback
1 Team James (QF)   37  
2 Team Wilson   36 9:21
3 Team Drabble   36 9:16
4 Team Grogan   32  
5 Team Ottaway   29 9:16
6 Team Indge   29 9:15

 

 

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