Newry golfers head to Portugal in quest for prestigious title

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Friday, January 31st, 2014
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A pair of amateur golfers from Newry head off to Portugal next week after winning a place in the prestigious grand final of the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Championship. The expenses-paid trip to play at the world-class Quinta do Lago resort, on the Algarve, is reward for the duo’s efforts in battling their way through local rounds and a regional final at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, in Peebles, during 2013, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap. Tom Muldoon, who plays off 17, and four-handicapper Kevin Commins – both of whom play their golf at Warrenpoint GC – will enjoy complimentary return flights to Faro. They will also enjoy 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 the prestigious HowDidiDo National Matchplay title up for grabs. Four competitions culminate in the grand final at Quinta do Lago – singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, for those aged 50 or more – with a total of 32 golfers, from across the UK, fighting it out for the titles. Each finalist will have played up to four qualifying rounds merely to reach the regional final, with the knockout rounds taking place between June and September, and the regional finals in October. 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 2,500 HowDidiDo golfers have already received a limited-edition watch worth £225. Daily updates from the competition will be available online at
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