Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Preview: PING Scottish Mixed Championship

Forty  pairs will tee it up on the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles next Monday for the Grand Final of the PING Scottish Mixed Championship. 
The format of the event will be 18 holes of mixed four-ball better -ball stableford, with a shotgun start at 11.00am.
The championship, sponsored by PING, brings male and female club golfers from across Scotland together in a fun-filled format for all ages and abilities.
Across the country, 697 pairs and 1,394 players played in local club qualifying events, with the top 40 pairs based on stableford scores qualifying for the Grand Final at Gleneagles. 
It was the pair from Mortonhall Golf Club, consisting of Lisa Ross and Grant James, who finished top of qualifying with an impressive 44 points in their local event.  
Last year, it was the duo from Boat of Garten, Paul Downs and Magda Stefan, who came out on top at Gleneagles.  The pair posted an impressive total of 47 points to take the title, aided by an unforgettable hole-in-one at the par-3 5th hole for Downs.
Boat of Garten will be represented again this year, but by a new pair, John Inglis and Pam MacGillivray. 
One team who has managed to qualify for the second year in a row are Mike Wenton and Louise Kelly from Pitlochry Golf Club.  In last year’s final, the pair posted 32 points to finish 32nd and will be hoping experience makes the difference this year.
The team who will have the furthest to travel to compete in this year’s Grand Final will be Shetland’s Christine Simpson and Magnus Leask who’s journey to Gleneagles will be more than 300 miles. 
Gaining the last spot in the field in 40th place in the qualifying leaderboard with 37 points was Stephen and Joyce Eccles from Kirkudbright Golf Club.  
Speaking ahead of the event, John Clark, Managing Director of PING Europe Ltd. said, ““We are delighted to team up with Scottish Golf again and to be returning to Gleneagles for a third year to host the PING Scottish Mixed Championship’s Grand Final. 
“This is a very special event, as it brings together both female and male club golfers from all over Scotland in a competitive, yet fun format, hosted at one of the UK’s most iconic venues. 
This year will be particularly memorable, as just a few weeks after the Grand Final is played, the Solheim Cup will be hosted at Gleneagles for the first time.”

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