Prizes on offer for golfers

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The Pleasington Pairs Pursuit, a new Betterball Pairs tournament for amateur golfers, will be held at Pleasington Golf Club on Thursday, August 18th.

And the event will have one of the biggest prizes on offer in the country – a place in the all-expenses paid two-day grand final of the Northern Matchplay Golf Championship at Alwoodley Golf Club.

The Northern Matchplay is a season-long knockout competition for amateur golfers across the North of England. The winning pair in each county – Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire – will progress to the 72-hole climax at Alwoodley in September.

The winners of two stand-alone tournaments, one of which is the Pleasington event, will also join them. The other competition is to be held at Huddersfield Golf Club in West Yorkshire next June.

Organiser of the championship, Edward Battye, said, “The main route to the grand final is by entering the matchplay section and becoming the champion of your county. However, I also wanted to add an extra dimension and provide another way for golfers to qualify. A stand-alone tournament, where effectively the winners take all, should add for some great excitement and drama.”

Pleasington Golf Club is regarded as one of the best tests of golf in the North West and is used by the R&A as an Open Championship qualifying course. A mix of heathland, moorland and parkland, along with a supreme layout, ensures that golfers will be kept on their toes for the full 18 holes.

General Manager at Pleasington, Chris Williams, said, “We’re really delighted to be hosting this new event and look forward to welcoming all the entrants to Pleasington where I hope they enjoy their day. I’m sure they will relish the challenge of our golf course as well as taking time to sample our off-course facilities too. ”

The pair returning the best nett score on the day will take their place at Alwoodley and with limited tee-times it is expected that places will go very quickly, therefore, early booking is highly recommended.

Entry is excellent value at £70 per pair, which includes soup and sandwiches. More details and an entry-form can be found on