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A GOLFING holiday of a lifetime has been organised for a group of 12 players who will compete in a special tournament on the Costa Del Sol at the beginning of May.

Six places have already been snapped up for the 10 days trip to Puerto Banus, which is exclusively announced in the “Journal” today.

The party will fly out from Belfast City Airport on Wednesday, May 1st and the trip has been organised by former Ballyliffin Captain, Colm McCarroll, who accepted the challenge of organising a tournament with a difference.

Valderrama, rated No. 1 in Spain and Las Brisas (No. 4) are but two in a star line-up of Spain’s best golf courses.

Finca Cortesin rated number 6, La Reserva (No. 5), San Roque Old (No. 8) and Los Flamingos, rated 26, complete the line-up.

The tournament will be played over 90 holes with the best five from six cards to count. There will also be two teams of two events, with a change-over of partners after three rounds.

The cost for twin-sharing 10 days trip, including flights (and golf clubs), accommodation, green-fees, transport etc., is £1,700. And that price also includes a prize-fund of £1,200; a daily £10 sweep and a prizegiving dinner.

And those wishing to go half-board will pay £100 extra for the 10 days. For single accommodation there is also a modest additional fee of £140.

The headquarters for the party will be the Andalucia Plaza Hotel and Casino, familiar to members of the 2009 “Carrycullion Classic” trip and just five minutes walk from the Marina in Puerto Banus, one of the liveliest locations on the Costa Del Sol.

The hard work has been completed by Bryan Somers Golf Consultant, Caroline Thompson, who put the package together. She was asked to find the best available and that she did at a very competitive price.

Commenting yesterday, Ms. Thompson said she was delighted with the package which was helped considerably by the current uncertain times.

“Golf courses can no longer afford to be totally private with the likes of Las Brisas now willingly opening its doors to fee paying guests,” she added.

For those interested, the outgoing flight leaves Belfast City airport at 1.50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st, returning from Malaga at 6.45 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th.

The itinerary is - Thursday, May 2nd, Los Flamingos, 10.00 a.m.; Friday, May 3rd, Finca Cortesin, 10.12 a.m.; Saturday, May 4th, Free Day; Sunday, May 5th, San Roque Old, 12.00 noon; Monday, May 6th, Valderrama, 12.00 noon; Tuesday, May 7th, Free Day; Wednesday, May 8th, Las Brisas, 1.33 p.m., Thursday, May 9th, Free Day; Friday, May 10th, Final Day – La Reserva, 11.24 a.m.

Due to limited tee-off times at both Valderrama and Las Brisas, the party is strictly limited to 12 players. Six have already booked their seats on the flight, so anyone interested should get on the telephone as possible. Colm McCarroll can be contacted on 07990507166 or by e-mail on:

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Greencastle enjoyed good turnouts for their competitions last Saturday and Sunday with the high scoring of recent weeks maintained.

On Saturday Declan Carlin (20) recorded three points at each of the last six holes to win the Singles Stableford competition follwoing a break of tie. His total of 37 points had been matched by Captain-Elect Philip, Devlin (14). Philip’s best came at the short 15th where he carded a birdie.

In the Ladies Section, Antoinette Hegarty (20) finished on top of the table with 30 points, a steady card which included four pars giving her the victory.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, these scores were matched by the top two in the rankings. After break of tie calculations, Shaun Kelly (14) was identified as the winner. He played the back nine in two over par, including a birdie at the difficult “Lighthouse.”

The runner-up was Johnny Harvey (16) who also had a high scoring back nine. This was certainly helped by a birdie “2” at the 11th hole. Both players completed their rounds with 37 points.

In third place was Tony Carlin (13) with 36 points.

This weekend the usual competitions have been organised, a Ladies and Gents Stableford tomorrow and a Singles Stableford on Sunday.

Members are reminded that the draw for the “Chip-In and Win” is fast approaching. Those who have yet to complete their payments should do so before March 18th when the actual draw will take place.

Members should note that part of the road from Redcastle to Moville will be closed all next week from 10.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. Diversions will be in place directing traffic to Moville.

The trees leading into Moville at the Upper Pier are to be trimmed and this can only be done with the complete closure of the road. It will be closed from Monday to Saturday.