Amateur Newry golfers take prestigious national title in Portugal
An amateur golfing duo from Newry won the prestigious national pairs title at the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Championship, in Portugal.
Lifelong friends Tom Muldoon, who plays off 17, and four-handicapper Kevin Commins – both of whom play their golf at Warrenpoint GC – cruised to victory in the pairs event winning all of their contests – including returns of 8&6, 7&5, and 6&5.
Publican Muldoon modestly gave much of the credit to his partner. He said, “Kevin’s ball striking was immense all week and my putting was particularly good for the first four days. But my fondest memories will be of making some amazing new friends and just having a great laugh all week.
“The venue was fantastic, the courses were presented very well and the greens were excellent given the amount of rain Portugal had.”
They enjoyed an expenses-paid trip to play at the world-class Quinta do Lago resort, on the Algarve, as reward for their efforts in battling their way through local rounds and a regional final during 2013, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap.
They received complimentary return flights to Faro, six-nights’ accommodation at the stunning, four-star Monte da Quinta Club, on the Quinta do Lago estate, and five days’ golf on the renowned South and Laranjal courses.
Muldoon and Commins were just two of 32 golfers from across the UK who received that reward after qualifying for the grand final, which featured four competitions: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, for those aged 50 or more.
HowDidiDo’s database now holds in excess of 21 million rounds of golf along with the handicaps, results and scores of more than 1,300,000 UK golf club members. It is now arguably the largest and most up-to-date database of golfers in Europe.
What’s more, the brand is also the driving force behind two of the best supported amateur golf events in the UK: the annual Titleist Order of Merit – the largest golf event of its kind in the country – and the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Championship.
It is also currently engaged in a widespread campaign with the BOSS Watches H1 Club to reward all its registered golfers with a luxury timepiece should they record a hole-in-one during an official club competition. Since the programme launched in April 2013, more than 2,500 HowDidiDo golfers have already received a limited-edition watch worth £225.
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