Bondhay Golf Club duo clinch a mixed pairs title in Portugal

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An amateur golfing duo from Clowne have won the prestigious national mixed pairs title at the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Championship, in Portugal.

Susan Clark, an 11-handicapper, and six-handicapper Stephen Cammack – both from Bondhay GC – won five rounds of matchplay golf at the world-class Quinta do Lago resort on the Algarve, to claim the title, beating last year’s champions, Eileen McMullan and Gary Catt, from Yorkshire.

Cammack said it was an amazing experience.

He said: “We only three-putted twice all week which was a good achievement given how fast the greens were.”

“We have a great handicap combination of six and 11 which works really well.”

“The courses we played were superb and the greens were fantastic.”

They enjoyed an expenses-paid trip to play at Quinta do Lago, as reward for their efforts in battling their way through local rounds and a regional final during 2013, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap.

They received 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.

Clark and Cammack were just two of 32 golfers from across the UK who received that reward after qualifying for the grand final, which featured four competitions: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, for over 50s.

HowDidiDo holds in excess of 21 million rounds of golf along with the handicaps, results and scores of more than 1.3 million UK golf club members.