Thrilling conclusion to Golf Care Matchplay Championship

Winners have been crowned in three categories after the Golf Care Matchplay Championship's three-day Grand Final drew to a close in scintillating fashion at the Els Club in Dubai

Golf Care Matchplay Championship

Winners have been crowned in three categories after the Golf Care Matchplay Championship's three-day Grand Final drew to a close in scintillating fashion at the Els Club in Dubai.

In the Men's Pairs, brothers Mervin and Michael Hehir compiled a 45-point final round to edge out Martin Firth and Andrew Taylor on countback.

The Men's Singles was also a close-run contest, but last year's champion Paul Llewellyn retained his crown with a one-shot victory over Maartens Van Rensburg.

In the Mixed Pairs, Martin Pyke and Anne Wheble stormed to a 10-shot victory over the husband-and-wife pairing of David and Tracey Morris.

"I can't believe it. The tournament has been great and the facilities here at the Els Club and JW Marriott Marquis are truly world class. We've had a fantastic time and couldn't have asked for more," said Mervin Hehir.

Llewellyn added: "This feels great. Defending the title means a lot to me."

The Golf Care Matchplay Championship - the UK's largest amateur tournament - takes 40 players from the UK to Dubai, where they play three rounds at the renowned Els Club and stay at the impeccable 5-star JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

Rupprecht Queitsch, General Manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, said: "We're delighted to be associated with the Golf Care Matchplay Championship. From start to finish we've been impressed by the organisation of the event staff and the sheer enthusiasm of the competitors.

"It has been a resounding success for all involved."

For details on next year's event - the 11th Golf Care Matchplay Championship - and information on how to enter, visit www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk

Nick Bonfield
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