Reigning champion Justin Hatcher can’t wait to defend his title in the 2017 Gazette Matchplay and bid for another dream golfing trip to Portugal.
This year’s tournament, again kindly sponsored by Blacktax Taxis and the Airport Transfer Group, has been officially launched, and Fylde coast club golfers are warmly invited to enter and compete for a Portuguese paradise trip like the one Justin will never forget.
The five-handicapper beat his Herons Reach club-mate and former winner Brad Sarjantson in a thrilling Algarve final, which was only decided on the 18th green.
Justin will always remember his triumph and the camaraderie with the other three finalists.
He said: “I got to know the other players in the final and we got on well. It was a new challenge for us and a very close final that went right to the 18th.”
Entrants must be aged 17 or over and belong to a Fylde coast golf club. The competition consists of five rounds on local courses before the quarter-finalists play off at Lancaster Golf Club.
The four qualifiers will then fly out to the luxurious marina resort of Vilamoura on September 28.
The prize includes return flights from Manchester and three nights’ accommodation, with breakfast and dinner, at the palatial Vila Gale Marina Hotel in Vilamoura.
The semi-finals will be played at the Oceanico Laguna Course and final on the world-renowned Oceanico Old Course.
The cost of entry is £10 but all entrants will be reimbursed in the form of £10 worth of taxis vouchers from Blacktax and a £10 voucher from the Airport Transfer Group.
Entry forms can be found in The Gazette’s sport section.
Alternatively, call 01253 361893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form.