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2019 Finals format at Slaley Hall


Daily Mail
22 Apr 2019

SLALEY HALL is the exciting new venue for the dramatic finale to the world’s biggest amateur golf competition, The Daily Mail Foursomes, later this year.
While the professionals are heading to the Masters, more than 120,000 golfers and over 3000 clubs have started their quest to reach the October grand finals which will be held on the sensational championship Hunting Course, renowned as ‘the Augusta of the North.’
Head of golf Jonny Mould is thrilled that the Northumberland hotel and golf complex will be the first venue in the North East to stage the closing rounds of the prestigious event.
He said: ‘It is a real great privilege to be hosting the finals and long may it continue. I have a lot of respect for the golfers who make it this far. By the time they get here they are already winners having won seven knock-out rounds.’
The venue knows all about staging big occasions having hosted European Tour events including the PGA Seniors. Mould said: ‘The finalists will be following in the footsteps of some international golfing legends, like Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Retif Goosen.’
The last 16 men’s and women’s pairs should not be lulled by the undulating fairways, streams and lakes, towering trees and banks of rhododendrons, as The Hunting Course will catch out the unwary. Well placed bunkers and tricky greens make this USGA standard course designed by Dave Thomas a real test.
Mould predicts: ‘It should be an exciting challenge for everyone. We have our own Amen Corner starting at the 15th finishing on our signature last hole. The golfers will certainly need their A game. Picking and choosing whose taking the odd and even holes is key.’
Competitors will also play the other championship course The Priesman with its panoramic views of the Tyne valley and stay at the magnificent hotel set in 1000 acres of stunning countryside just outside Hexham.
Mould will be keeping a close eye on which teams are progressing including those from Slaley Hall. He said: ‘Hopefully the carrot being dangled of being at their home course is enough to try and get themselves to the final.
‘Whoever makes it, we want them to enjoy the experience and hopefully they will want to get themselves back to the finals again.’

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