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Biggest-ever Matchplay Championship Gets Underway Featuring New Men’s Singles Event

2011/12 Matchplay Championship begins as amateur golfers begin their own ‘Race to Dubai’ experience.

The Matchplay Championship, one of Europe’s biggest amateur golf tournaments, has been growing in notoriety since the inaugural event in 2003, receiving record entries for 2011/12 which includes a brand new Men’s singles event. The introduction of the Men’s Singles championship will provide the tournament with its largest-ever contingent of Grand Finalists in Dubai next May, as players descend on the world-renowned Els Club, for the Sky Sports televised finale. For an entry fee of just £25 per person, the tournament has become well-known for its professionalism, by providing amateur golfers with their own unique ‘Race to Dubai’ experience. Preliminary rounds will take place until March 2012, culminating in two Regional Finals in April, which will decide the lucky 40 competitors that will be whisked off to the Dubai hosted Grand Final in May.

“We’re delighted with the continued success of the Matchplay Championship and really excited about 2011/12, which will be our biggest year yet,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director, The JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “The great work of our sponsors and staff, as well as the impeccable standard of our host venues, makes this event a success by providing our finalists with a truly unforgettable experience not just in Dubai, but also for the regional finalists at prestigious Marriott venues in the UK. The entries for the Men’s Singles event have exceeded our expectations, which will make for a highly-anticipated event building up to the Finals next year.”

The Men’s Singles championship joins the established Men’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs and non-active Men’s Pairs events, as competitors battle it out in the hope of claiming one of the spots in the luxurious Grand Final. Included in the once-in-a-lifetime prize is return flights to Dubai, 7-nights accommodation at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel and 4 rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club, as well as the prize-giving Gala Dinner.

“The Matchplay Championship gave us the golfing experience of a lifetime. I don’t think we will ever experience the service and hospitality from Marriott and The Els Club, ever again,” commented Chris Scott-Douglas, runner-up Men’s Pairs 2011. “All the other competitors made the week so enjoyable and we have made some great friends that we look forward to seeing again in the future.”

The Matchplay Championship welcomes golfers from all over the UK, with competitors in the 2011/12 Grand Final featuring golfers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 2011 Men’s Pairs Champions were Andy Castell and Andy Billson from Collingtree Park in Northampton, Paul Fell and Joanne Beddows from Wrexham won the Mixed Pairs, while Cardiff’s Craig Sullivan and Stuart James were successful in the“non-active” Mixed Pairs event.

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The Matchplay Championship Grand Final Gets Underway In Dubai

Tie at the top in the first-round of Men’s Pairs Final at The Els Club, while David and Tracy Morris storm ahead in Mixed Pairs.

The Matchplay Championship Grand Final, one of Europe’s largest amateur golf tournaments has got underway today at The Els Club, Dubai, with Jim Bishop and Michael Cunningham from Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club in Essex tied for the first-round lead with Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers from Bloxwich GC and Darnford Moors GC in the West Midlands. Both teams scored 41 points in the Men’s Pairs event in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, David and Tracy Morris of Collingtree Park Golf Club, Northamptonshire have stormed ahead in the Mixed Pairs with 38, and Stuart James and Craig Sullivan in the non-active event with 35 points. Perfect weather conditions and an immaculate golf course has greeted the players, who entered the tournament for just £25 at www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk. Enjoying luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, the players are battling it out in front of Sky Sports cameras for the right to be named Matchplay Champions 2010/2011.

“We had a great score today and we’re going to give a good go to keep it going over the next two days,” commented Jim Bishop, Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club. Mike made birdie on the first, which got us off to a flying start and we just tried to enjoy it from there. We’re playing well and enjoying the whole experience.”

First launched in 2003, the event has flown out 36 players to Dubai who qualified through Matchplay qualifying rounds and a Regional Final back in the UK. A competitive tournament with an essence of camaraderie has created a unique feel to this years’ Grand Final, as players bask in the delights of Dubai’s first-class hospitality.

“We’re thrilled to host the Matchplay Championships here at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, commented Jeff Strachan, Marriott’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa. “We’ve got a great bunch of competitors, who are staying in our luxurious apartments with panoramic views of the Dubai Palm and Dubai Marina. With incredible views from the Observatory Bar on the 52nd Floor and exquisite dining in AZ.U.R and Counter Culture restaurants, as well as a host of Spa and leisure facilities, the hotel is the ideal place to wind down after a competitive day on the golf course.”

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GreenFree Celebrates 1,000th Course

Addition of further championship courses takes GreenFree past 1,000 course milestone and further underlines strength of the 2 for 1 golf vouchers scheme.

GreenFree, the home of 2-for-1 golf, has added further award-winning golf courses to its impressive portfolio, taking the number of courses where golfers can redeem their vouchers to the landmark figure of 1,000. Providing its voucher users with incredible value for money on green fees at an unrivalled number of venues throughout the UK and Ireland, the popular 2-for-1 scheme has recently added a host of championship courses to join the likes of The Belfry and Royal North Devon in the UK’s most widely used green fee voucher scheme.

Championship courses such as The Roxburghe in the Scottish Borders and Connemara Links in County Galway, Ireland, have helped GreenFree reach the milestone figure. In the South of England, The Wiltshire, designed by Peter Alliss, joins the likes of Mannings Heath Golf Club and the host venue of Tiger Woods’ triumph in the 2006 World Golf Championship, The Grove, to enhance the offering to golfers across the UK.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our 1,000th course to the GreenFree scheme, which just highlights the growing popularity of the scheme with golf clubs and avid golfers,” commented Dave Lynchehaun, GreenFree Brand Manager. “We have always been keen to ensure that the courses available on the scheme are not only affordable but also some of the best known venues in the country, and the latest clubs to join add further kudos to the scheme.”

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GreenFree member clubs acknowledge the sales opportunity and marketing support offered by the UK’s premier 2-for-1 golf scheme

GreenFree, the home of 2-for-1 golf, has been lauded by leading golf clubs for the additional income that it helps generate for clubs across the UK and Ireland. With many golf clubs looking at ways to generate additional income in a difficult economic environment, and some experiencing declining membership numbers, GreenFree has been recognised for bringing in additional revenue through attracting visiting golfers with the offer of half price green fees at selected times.

A recent survey of over 16,000 golfers showed that GreenFree voucher users bring in an additional £36 per person on average in the golf shop and clubhouse, over and above the green fee. With the average green fee at nearly £29, that works out at around £65 per person, or £130 per 2-ball.

“Our association with GreenFree has enabled us to develop an important additional green fee revenue stream,” noted Iain Burns, Director of Golf, Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

“Being listed as a GreenFree venue and benefiting from the marketing activity has definitely increased Mottram Hall’s visibility on a national basis,” commented Tim Hudspith, Director of Golf, De Vere Mottram Hall. “There is no doubt that this has given us a competitive advantage locally when it comes to attracting visitors from a wider catchment area.”

Brian Connor, Head Professional Manchester Golf Club also added, “The beauty of the GreenFree scheme is that we have generated traffic on the days and times when the bulk of the membership doesn’t tend to play. The scheme allows us to set the rules so we are maximising our inventory without upsetting our members – a great win-win situation.”

Around 950 courses are available to GreenFree voucher holders, all of whom receive free marketing exposure via GreenFree’s website, directory and extensive email database. Much of the scheme’s success is based on member golf clubs being able to set their own restrictions, making it possible for traditional clubs to maintain their exclusivity. Certain times of the day or days of the week can be highlighted for GreenFree users, ensuring little disruption to the members’ experience and therefore a win/win for golfers and clubs alike.

A resounding success amongst golfers and golf clubs, GreenFree looks set to go from strength to strength in the coming season.

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150,000 Milestone Acheived By Rewards4Golf

Rewards4golf.com, the UK’s largest loyalty scheme for golfers, has just registered its 150,000th golfing member.

The historic milestone, just two years after the site was launched, makes it one of the most successful sports’ related rewards schemes in the UK.

“The interest from the UK golfers in the Rewards4Golf scheme has been unbelievable. But as it’s free to register and participate perhaps it’s easy to understand why we’ve reached 150,000 registrations so quickly,” said Commercial Director, Colin Whitehead.

“As more and more retailers join the scheme it is becoming even easier for our members to collect points and redeem them for the golf products they want,” added Colin.

Rewards4golf.com is the only specialist golf rewards scheme where members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UK’s most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

They can also earn points when spending with some of the UK’s best known golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf Insurance provider Golf Care, golf vouchers scheme GreenFree and The Golfers Club golf discount membership.

Neil Bell, Managing Director of Direct Golf UK commented, “All our customers can earn Rewards4Golf points every time they shop with us, whether on-line or in-store. We’re the only golf retailer that they can earn points with which gives Direct Golf UK customers a little bit extra and another reason to come back to us, which I’m delighted to say, they do”.

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