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Life's a beach

22 Nov 17

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Paul Bradshaw and his amateur partner, retired GP Chris Hall, found the perfect antidote to combat the challenge of Moor Hall and win the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge in Morocco.

It came in the form of a birdie-laden and bogey-free negotiation of the Gary Player-designed course at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort that resulted in a comfortable victory for the pair from Holme Hall, Lincolnshire.

They had begun the second and final round of the Stableford format event a point adrift of their PGA Midland region rivals and tournament leaders, Moor Hall's Cameron Clark and his club captain Paul Brindley.

Come half way the deficit had been erased then, with the duo from Sutton Coldfield seemingly becalmed, they posted four birdies for a total score of 85 and victory by three points.

The last of those birdies, was recorded at the par five 18th by Hall, a 20-handicapper who looked anything but as his chip and run came to rest inches from the hole for a tap-in.

It was a fitting way to win the tournament that, supported by Golfplan Insurance, carries a £22,000 prize fund of which £5,000 goes to the winning pro.

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Despite their obvious unity on the course, the partners cited different reasons for their success.

“It’s secret was keeping the ball in play, really,” said Bradshaw, pictured right with a SkyCaddie Touch distance measuring device.

“The fairways are quite generous but the ice plants that border them are brutal so we kept the ball out of them and plugged away.”

Hall, meanwhile, had a different take on the proceedings.

“From my point of view it was having a really good professional to play alongside,” he said. “Paul played brilliantly over the two days.”

The pair booked their place in the final by winning a regional qualifier at Wellinborough and, having done so, Bradshaw formulated a game plan.

“I had a discussion with my coach,” he explained. “I don’t think Chris will mind me saying that, as a 20-handicapper, you can’t leave him exposed.

"We just tried to make every hole in par and let Chris do his thing by making a few par nett birdies, which is what he did – including the one at the last.”

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The 10 pairs who contested the SkyCaddie PGA Pro-Captain Challenge in association with Golfplan at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, Morocco.

The pair, however, were united in their view of the resort and its course.

“It’s been unbelievable,” said Hall. “I’m halfway through my year as captain and I don’t think anything will come close to topping this. The golf course and the resort are superb.”

Bradshaw concurred: “It’s a class venue – both the course and five-star hotel. I’m not saying that because we’ve won.  

"The course is testing and the putting surfaces are excellent. I know it sounds a bit strong but I think they’re the best I’ve played on anywhere. It’s a great track.”

Holme Hall’s final round of 43 points was matched by Leigh Golf Club pair, PGA pro Andrew Baguley and John Taylor. As a result, they finished third on 81, one behind Moor Hall.

Final scores: https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi17/event/pgagbi17545/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

 

 

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