Season One Final - 6 October 2005

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Youngest Swinger becomes our first winner!

Our youngest Flying Club Swinger, John Tanner from Clonakilty, County Cork in Ireland became our first Flying Club Swingers champion at the end of season Final on 6th October.

Forty finalists converged on the Grove in Hertfordshire for a highly competitive event which saw some fantastic golf from the Season's top performers. Competing over 18 holes of Stableford in great Autumn weather, the players were also treated to post-round massages courtesy of the Virgin Atlantic In Flight Beauty Therapist and a delicious BBQ.

Despite no one claiming the Hole-in-One prize of a Smart Roadster Car, there were many more incredible prizes up for grabs. The Longest Drive went to Milton Keyne's Alistair Price, who playing off of a handicap of one, hit a monster drive on the 6th hole. Nearest the Pin on the 16th went to John McGrady from Cheshire. Both Swingers won fourballs at Gleneagles for their achievements.

Finishing third in this Season's Flying Club Swingers Golf League Final was Mike Sheldon from Solihull who pipped London's Mark Posniak on the countback after they both scored 38 points. Mike won a Odyssey White Hot putter and an Evisu glove.

Runner-Up was Craig Anderson of Beaconsfield who shot 39 points. Craig won a weekend for two at the Hyatt La Manga with flights from BMI, a Callaway forged + wedge and an Evisu head cover.

However, Cork's John Tanner, still just 16 years of age, scored an incredible 41 points to walk away with the title. John won a pair of Upper Class tickets to a Virgin Atlantic destination of his choice, a Callaway Heavenwood Hybrid Club and an Evisu Golf Bag.

John, who's handicap has dropped from 15 to 10 during the course of the summer, is a regular traveller with Virgin Atlantic, and now has the enviable task of choosing a new destination to visit. The delight at winning the title was matched by the knowledge that he had proved some of his mates back home wrong! Before leaving for the UK, his friends had quoted him 40-1 against winning the title. There's no doubt who had the last laugh on his return home!

Says John, "It is an honour to win this competition. I would like to thank the Flying Club Swingers team for all the hard work not just at the Final but throught the season. I would also like to thank Virgin Atlantic for the great prizes and the Grove for having the course in great condition."

John will be defending his title when we launch Season 2 of Flying Club Swingers in the next few weeks, and we hope to see everyone taking part again over the winter months.

Thanks again for all your support in Season One. Happy Swinging!

Flying Club Swingers Golf League Final 6th Oct

1. John Tanner 41pts
2. Craig Anderson 39pts
3. Mike Sheldon 38pts (won on countback back 9)
4. Mark Posniak 38pts
5. Janet Collingham 37pts
6. Lee Spencer 36pts
7. Geoff Linnell 35pts
8. Alastair Price 33pts
Mike Bullock 33pts
Tim Butler 33pts
Pushp Vaid 33pts
12. John Luxford 32pts
Sharad Raniga 32pts
14. Alasdair Gemmell 31pts
Claudia Juncker 31pts
Lester Giles 31pts
17. George Copley 30pts
Andrew Gray 30pts
Jim Walton 30pts
John McGrady 30pts
21. Nick Jameson 29pts
Mike Clenaghan 29pts
Bob Scott 29pts
Jo Williamson 29pts
25. Ann Lowe 27pts
Bill Shepherd 27pts
John Hingley 27pts
Nigel Clark 27pts
Tony Pickance 27pts
30. William Clark 26pts
Anthony Higgins 26pts
32. Alexander Barclay 25pts
Susie Garner 25pts
34. Tony Wilkinson 23pts
Debbie Hammond 23pts
36. Dennis Knell 22pts
Rebecca Gray 22pts
38. Karen Giles 19pts
Terry Heaver 19pts
Andrew Hunt 19pts


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