Barrie heads for Algarve sun on dream golfing trip

First published in Sport

AN amateur golfer from Rednal is set to head off to Portugal next week after winning a place in the prestigious grand final of the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Pairs Championship.

The expenses-paid trip to play at the world-class Quinta do Lago resort on the Algarve is reward for the efforts of 18-handicapper Barrie Kirton and his golfing partner Tony Durose.

The duo battled their way through local rounds and a regional final at MacDonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa, in Tarporley, Cheshire, during 2013 in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap.

The pair, both of whom play their golf at Harborne Church Farm GC in Birmingham, will enjoy complimentary return flights to Faro, 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.

The HowDidiDo tournament runs between February 9 and 15.

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1:04am Sun 16 Feb 14

bluenose1875... says...

Barrie and tony played some great golf winning 3 of there 4 games setting up a final day winner takes all against irish pair tom muldoon and his partner, tony won the 1st hole with a great iron shot to within 2 feet making the birdie but barrie and tony lost the following 4 holes to go 3 down but tony played some great golf to keep it at 3 down untill barrie won the 8th and 9th hole to get it back to 1 then tony with no shots halved the 10th and 11th with some great golf but tom was too strong and won the next 2 holes and toms partner kevin finished it winning the 15th . It was a great effort from barrie and tony and finished the grand finals in portugal runners up. Barrie and tony would like to thank howdidido.com for the great experience and thank every one for all there support .
Barrie and tony played some great golf winning 3 of there 4 games setting up a final day winner takes all against irish pair tom muldoon and his partner, tony won the 1st hole with a great iron shot to within 2 feet making the birdie but barrie and tony lost the following 4 holes to go 3 down but tony played some great golf to keep it at 3 down untill barrie won the 8th and 9th hole to get it back to 1 then tony with no shots halved the 10th and 11th with some great golf but tom was too strong and won the next 2 holes and toms partner kevin finished it winning the 15th . It was a great effort from barrie and tony and finished the grand finals in portugal runners up. Barrie and tony would like to thank howdidido.com for the great experience and thank every one for all there support . bluenose1875...
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