Mercedes-Benz Matchplay Championships 2013

31 May 2013Back

All Winners (2)Friday 31st May was a doubly important day for Almouj Golf and their corporate partners Mercedes-Benz as in addition to their monthly Member Guest series which attracted a record 68 entrants they also recognised and presented trophies to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Matchplay Champions.

The second running of the Mercedes-Benz Matchplay Championships started back in October of 2012 and progressed through the season in knock out fashion, the winner of each round progressing to the next. As with the previous year there were Men's and Ladies Individual Championships as well as a pair's event which could be Men's, Ladies or mixed.

Those that are familiar with the format will acknowledge that the nature of the game is very different when competing head to head in Matchplay as opposed to the regular 18 hole stroke play competitions. For those who are unaware of the format it essentially comes down to winning holes over your opponent by recording a better score, when you are more holes ahead than there are holes remaining the match is over. Matchplay has increased in popularity over the last few years with events like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup showcasing the excitement of the head to head format. With many of the 2012 participants re-entering the 2013 Championship the titles were sure to be hotly contested.

The pairs Matchplay attracted 12 teams of two players including the 2012 winners Ed Daly and Steve Morris, facing the defending champions in round two were 2013 Ladies Captain Kim Davis and Almouj Golf's Sales and Marketing Manager (and wife of opponent Ed!) Louise Daly. The Ladies produced a fairy-tale result seeing off the defending champions, spurred on by the win the duo made it all the way to the final where they faced the strong pair of John Petersen and Lee O'Donoghue. Despite being ahead for most of the match the ladies ultimately finished as runners up as the combination of Petersen and O'Donoghue rallied strongly over the closing holes to finish the match off on the 17th.

The entries into the Ladies Matchplay were a little lower than the previous years but that paved the way for one half of the losing Pairs team to claim the trophy, 2013 Ladies Captain Kim Davis has been instrumental in increasing the number of lady golfers participating at Almouj Golf and despite the amount of hours that this dedication has taken Kim still found the time to hone her game sufficiently to see her through to the final where she met with Yvonne Welling. By both players admission the match was a good one with each scoring well below their handicap, in the end it was Kim Davis who emerged triumphant by a margin of 3 and 2 over her opponent. Hopefully Kim's success will inspire a few more ladies to participate over the remainder of her Captaincy year.

The Men's Matchplay Championship saw 21 hopefuls put their names down back in September 2012, over the course of the next 8 months and 5 rounds of matches they were whittled down to the final pairing of Iain Liversage and Steve Morris. Liversage's route to the final saw him beat Nick Smith and then the 2012 Men's Matchplay Champion and 2013 Men's Captain William Welsh before a well contested semi-final fixture against Herman Zaanen. Morris' journey saw him beat John Petersen (who went on to win the Pair's event) and then tournament regulars Nathan Kendall and Geetesh Tamse. The final itself was a well matched affair with both players having similar handicaps, the standard of play was fitting for the final with both players finding form taking the match well into the back 9, unfortunately the deciding hole was a little out of keeping with the rest of the game when a couple of putting errors left the door open for Liversage to cross the line by a margin of 2 and 1.

With the 2013 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Matchplay complete the winners and runners up received recognition and trophies from the generous supporter Mercedes-Benz. We now look forward to the 2014 Championships and hope that the spirit that the 2013 Championships were played under continues.