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Manchester man joins mate to win national title

AN AMATEUR golfer from Manchester paired up with his Yorkshire club-mate to claim the senior pairs title at the prestigious 2016 Morocco Matchplay, powered by HowDidiDo, when it was played last week in Marrakech.

Fork-lift driver Kevin Taylor, 51, who plays off a five handicap, and retired police officer and Oulton Hall club-mate Malcolm Crowson, 62, from Leeds, lost their first round-robin match to Coventry pair Roger Moran and Chris White, but won their next two to earn the chance to face their conquerors again in the final. And, this time, the Oulton Hall pair gained revenge by winning 3&1.

Taylor said: “It was nip and tuck all the way through, one up, one down. It was a very good match all the way through until about 16 when one of the guys completely lost his swing and struggled a bit. He missed a few fairways while we were straight.”

Crowson, an 18-handicapper, laughed: “I lost my swing on the first hole and never really had it at all. Kevin pretty much carried me all the way round – I only came in on three holes. The weather’s been fantastic; we can’t count on this sort of weather in February where we live.

“We’ve had a great time with the other guys in the seniors group. We let our hair down because we know we haven’t got long left – you’ve got to make use of what you’ve got. You’d need wild horses to drag us away from competing again next year.”

Taylor continued: “The weather has been absolutely stunning. I had a text from my girlfriend this morning, just after she scraped and de-iced the car, saying the snow had just started. At home it’s about two degrees, here it’s about 26-28. It’s been absolutely fabulous.

“It’s the first time we’ve reached the grand final and to be here, well, I can’t think of a better way to start the year. I haven’t hit a ball on a course this year until we got out here. So to do this at the start of the season is fabulous.

“It’s a good event. You meet some great people and go to some fantastic courses. We actually prefer to play away because you get to see new courses, meet new guys, have a bit of banter and, if you win something, all the better. If you don’t, it’s still been brilliant.”