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Nelson pair crowned Festival champions

GATEWAY to Wales Golf held their third Autumn Golf Festival over the last weekend of September attracting 144 entries to the three-day event held at Padeswood & Buckley, Mold and Old Padeswood golf clubs.

The popular event, held within the Coronavirus guidelines, was supported by North Wales Tourism and Flintshire County Council Leisure & Tourism and attracted golfers from all over the UK.

“We have been delighted with the response. Some 98% of the entries were visitors to the county who stayed locally, which provided a much-needed boost to local tourism,” said John Green, of Gateway to Wales Golf.

“We would like to thank all those members of each of the golf clubs involved who worked so hard on the day to demonstrate the welcome and hospitality our visitors to Flintshire can enjoy. It was particularly pleasing to see how our visitors responded positively to each clubs Coronavirus guidelines and restrictions.”

In contrast to last year, the weather was dry for the whole of the weekend, resulting in some good scores for both Saturday and Sunday competitions.

The winners of the overall three-day event aggregate prize of £150 and the title of The Gateway to Wales Autumn Golf Festival 4BBB Champions 2020, sponsored by the Beaufort Park Hotel & Conference Centre, were Nelson Golf Club members David and Linda Smith with a total of 122 points. They scored 37 points at Padeswood & Buckley in windy conditions, 44 points at Mold and 41points at Old Padeswood.

The Beaufort Park Hotel & Conference Centre also sponsored an Aggregate Mixed prize which was also won by the Nelson duo. Ryan Leonard (Oak Royal) and Simon Ainsworth (Silverdale) won the pair’s event at Padeswood & Buckley with 41 points. David Winstanley and Aubrey Jones (both of Grange Park in Rotherham) were second with 40 points and Bromborough duo Mark Doolan and Richard Davey were third, also on 40.

The winners at Mold were Padeswood & Buckley pair Bill Jones and Philip Davies with 44 points. Second, also on 44, were Hillsborough members Jon Berrisford and Bob Maw and third, again with 44, were Bowring members P Bradshaw and J Lloyd. Tytherington pair Caron and Mark Corden also notched 44 points to win at Old Padeswood on a countback from Jane Bonner and Paul Bird (Pavenham Park) and Suzie and Ian Bishop, also of Pavenham Park.

Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus restrictions, there were no presentations but the event’s sponsor, Mark Small, of the Beaufort Park Hotel said: “We are delighted to be involved with sponsoring this golf festival and look forward to supporting next year’s event too.”

Gateway to Wales Golf will be holding their 2021 Spring Golf Festival on May 29, 30 and 31 at Northop, Hawarden and Holywell golf clubs and their Autumn Golf Festival on September 24, 25 and 26 at Padeswood & Buckley, Mold and Old Padeswood.

Entry forms can be downloaded from any of the participating clubs’ websites.

Pictured are the festival winners David and Linda Smith.