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A team from the Vale Resort’s golf club has won The Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic tournament in Andalucía, Spain.
This is the latest in a long line of prestigious wins for the club and is the second time this same team has played together at the national tournament. This year, they trounced to victory with a 4.5 - 0.5 against St. Neots Golf Club.
Jon Williams captained the team which included his identical twin Richard Williams , Dave Clifford, Dan Lansdown, Simon Pitt and Barry Nolan.
The Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic tournament began in 1993 and is an amateur club knockout competition which has seen over 200,000 golfers take part to date and over 3,000 clubs entering each year.
To win their place, the Vale Resort’s team beat Kington Golf Club 3.5-1.5 in the seventh round, Kingsdown Golf Club 3-2 in the eighth round and Calcot Park Golf Club 4-1 in quarter-finals at Manchester. Then in Spain, the Vale Resort went on to beat St Thomas’ Priory Golf Club 4.5-0.5 in the semi-finals and St. Neots Golf Club 4.5 – 0.5 in the Final.
This is the second time in three years for the Vale Resort team to reach the Grand Finals of The Mail on Sunday Classic, which attracts entries from some of the UK’s top, best-performing golf clubs. The team have played together since 2006 and regularly enjoy the facilities available at The Vale Resort, which incorporates two championship golf courses, including the extensive 7433 yard Wales National. The four star resort has held a European golf tour event for the last five years and the 16-bay floodlight Driving Range mean the courses are in optimum condition year-round.
The Resort’s team of four top golf professionals is renowned for a friendly approach and their challenging tutorials for more competitive golfers. Lead by head professional and Golf Operations Manager Clive Coombs, all four professionals are fully qualified members of the PGA with over fifty years of professional golfing experience between them.
Clive Coombs said: “Congratulations to the team who, once again, has done all of us here at the Vale Resort Golf Club, very proud indeed. The trophy cabinet here has never been so full and full credit for that must go to all our 550 plus members.
This latest result is testament to the hard work and dedication the team puts into their game and of their commitment to the club. We are very proud of their achievement. We invest a lot of energy into first class coaching and into the development of our players and are very pleased that we’re now starting to reap the rewards for the hard work. This is one of the best coaching establishments in the UK, not just because of the coaching talent we have here but the facilities available to them and the players.”
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