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Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2016
During the Scottish Mixed Pairs Golf Week, golfers of all abilities from as far afield as Ireland and the Netherlands competed over the courses at Alyth, Blairgowrie, Glenisla, Kirriemuir and Strathmore, which are all within a 30- minute drive of each other. “320 golfers travelling to Angus and Perthshire for this week-long competition is great news for the local economy,” said Strathmore Golf Club’s Norman Dyce, who is one of the organisers.
“Not only did these golfers stay here, eat and drink here, shop here and visit many of the visitor attractions in the area, they will also return home to tell their friends about the many excellent reasons to visit this part of Scotland, including our first class golf courses! We couldn’t ask for better ambassadors.”
Following five days of friendly but highly competitive golf, Gordon and Penny Cairns from Scunthorpe’s Ashby Decoy Golf Club were named the overall winners of the Scottish Mixed Pairs Tournament. “After eight years of trying, we were over the moon to finally win,” said Penny.
“We fully intend returning next year to defend our title. Gordon and I enjoy the quality of the golf, the friendliness of everyone we meet and the highly-professional organisation of this competition.”
The overall runners up were Jack and Sue Hurst from Billingham Golf Club, with Raymond and Christine Bell from Durham City Golf Club and Houghton Le Spring Golf Club coming third, while Keith and Sandra Carruthers from Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club in Ayrshire won the Tullibardine Trophy for best foursomes score of the week.
The Seniors’ competition was won by Ian and Sandra Parr of Liverpool’s Childwall Golf Club. “To us, the highlight of this year’s Scottish Mixed Pairs was winning the Seniors’ trophy,” exclaimed Ian. “That was certainly a surprise.
“We’ve competed in this event seven times now and always enjoy the camaraderie of the couples, the well-presented and interesting golf courses – and the evening entertainment.”
As well as five rounds of golf, The Scottish Mixed Pairs Golf Week features a packed entertainment programme, which this year included a gin tasting evening with Kim Cameron of Bothy Gin and the tournament’s ever-popular Grand Scottish Ceilidh.
“The combination of great golf during the day and very sociable evening events attracts more and more mixed pairs every year,” added David Norman, who is another of the organisers of the event. “We look forward to welcoming all our golfing couples back to Angus and Perthshire next year for the Scottish Mixed Pairs Golf Week 2017 – and saying hello to more new faces!”