Glamour trip for amateur Hallamshire golfer

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An amateur golfer from Sheffield is heading off to the United Arab Emirates for the experience of a lifetime after winning a place in the prestigious grand final of the 2012 League to Dubai (January 11-17).

The all-expenses-paid trip is reward for Malcolm Gregg’s efforts in battling his way through a local league and a regional final during 2012.

Gregg, a nine-handicapper who plays at Hallamshire GC, will enjoy return flights; six nights’ accommodation at a five-star hotel; gala dinner and presentation; and a competitive round of golf on each of three championship courses.

Nine golfers from across the UK will compete in the singles’ competition with 10 playing as five teams in the pairs’ event. The handicaps of the golfers range from a respectable two to 24, and Jason Tabor, a director with organiser Open Event Management Ltd, believes competition will be tough.

He said: “Even to get to the final in Dubai these guys have illustrated huge determination and skill and the titles will be hard won without a doubt.

“Several have told me that merely getting to Dubai makes them feel like a winner and while they’ll enjoy the surroundings and socialising, you can guarantee competition will be fierce.

Inspired by the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the League to Dubai pits amateur golfers against each other initially in a local league format, (April-August.)

The league winners head to one of three regional finals from where the top three (top two in the pairs’ competition) qualify for the grand final in Dubai – all for just a one-off £30 entry fee.

Singles finalists: Matthew Hazell (Malton & Norton, North Yorks), Stuart Wilson (, Ayrshire), Malcolm Gregg (Hallamshire), Jon Balmforth (Ramsdale Park, Notts), Phil Broadley (West Lothian), Jeremy Platt (East Berkshire), Andy Clements (West Sussex), Lee Myers (Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear), and Richard Harris (Hampshire).