Wednesday, November 12, 2014



Teenage golfer Darren Scott will be packing his bags and heading to Sicily’s Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa in the New Year after winning a five-star golfing break to the luxury destination in a national competition. 
The 13-year-old, who plays off a handicap of seven at Clandeboye Golf Club on the outskirts of Belfast, beat off fierce competition from 19 other talented juniors to take top honours in the final of the 2014 Darren Clarke Golf Tour, which was played at Headfort Golf Club in Kells, Co. Meath.
It was a close-run affair for Darren, whose victory over Shea Smyth was only confirmed on countback after both players had returned nett rounds of 72, and he is now looking forward to a luxury four-night holiday for two to Donnafugata after taking the top prize. 
Donnafugata’s wide array of five-star facilities include two 18-hole championship golf courses while the resort opened a new Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence earlier this year – the only one of its kind in continental Europe.
As well as enjoying four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, Darren and his father Ken, who will accompany him on his trip, will also be treated to three rounds of golf each on a choice of Donnafugata’s two courses, the Links and Parkland – host of the Sicilian Open in 2011. 
Ken said: “This is the first major competition that any of my family has won. We’ve never been to either Italy or Sicily before and we’re very excited about going to Donnafugata.
For someone who loves his food, Darren was unable to eat his meal before the prize-giving due to his anticipation and excitement after he found out he’d won. The journey home took just over two hours, during which he never shut up and kept phoning and texting family members and friends. 
Since Darren started playing golf at the age of six, we have always holidayed in Florida and he has attended a few summer golf camps while there. This holiday to the excellent five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa will be totally based around Darren’s golf and getting the most out of the facilities of the Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence.



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