Paul retains his Matchplay title in Dubai
TAMWORTH golfer Paul Llewellyn mounted a successful defence of his Golf Care Matchplay Championship Singles title at the world-renowned Els Club in Dubai.
In the tenth anniversary of the UK’s largest amateur event, Llewellyn held off South Africa’s Maartens van Rensburg to retain his crown by the narrowest of margins, despite not playing his best golf.
“This feels great, defending the title means a lot to me,” said a delighted Llewellyn afterwards. “It was a bit of a battle and I really struggled with my iron play, hitting a couple of shanks to throw me off.
“However, I managed to stay in front and that was really important, mentally. I found myself in a match-play situation with Maartens on the back-nine and, despite three-putting the last hole, I knew that I had done enough.”
There was more English success in the Mixed Pairs Stableford event as Martin Pyke and Anne Wheble cantered to a ten-point victory over husband and wife pairing David and Tracey Morris.
Pyke and Wheble dove-tailed perfectly to rack up 118 points and deservedly take the title.
“We got off to a good start,” said Pyke. “I had three points on the first hole, then Anne birdied the third and fourth to give us a bit of breathing room. We had a bit of a wobble towards the middle of the round, dropping shots on the ninth and tenth, both of which are shot holes for us.
“Anne steadied the ship with another birdie on the 13th, though, and that really spurred us on.
“The Matchplay Championship has been a great experience. The golf club is fantastic and it’s been a real treat to be here. The people are just so helpful and we really can’t fault anything about our time here in Dubai, we’ll definitely be back next year to defend our title!”
The Golf Care Matchplay Championship continues to set a significant standard for amateur golf tournaments. The tournament whisks 40 amateur golfers from the UK to Dubai, where they not only competed at The Els
Club, but basked in five-star hospitality at the world’s tallest dedicated hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.