Newry golfers win through to Grand Final of prestigious national championship

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Monday, October 21st, 2013
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A pair of golfers from Newry have qualified for the trip of a lifetime and will compete in the grand final of the 2013 HowDidiDo National Matchplay pairs championship, to be played in the Algarve in February. Tom Muldoon, who plays off 17, and four-handicapper Kevin Commins – both of whom play their golf at Warrenpoint GC – qualified for the final by securing one of two available pairs’ spots at the competition’s first regional final, at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, in Peebles. They will now enjoy 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, with their prestigious HowDidiDo National Matchplay title up for grabs. Four competitions culminate at the grand final, sponsored this year by both Monte da Quinta Club and Quinta do Lago: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, with a total of 32 golfers, from across the UK, fighting it out for the titles. Each will have played up to four qualifying rounds merely to reach the regional final, with the knockout rounds taking place between June and September. 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, more than 2,000 HowDidiDo golfers have already received a limited-edition watch worth £225.
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