Season Sixteen Final - 7-11 October 2019
Season 15 Final Blog – Tuesday 17 September 2019 – 3 weeks to go!
WOW! It’s been a crazy few days at Swingers HQ as we face the challenge of our tightest ever turn around between season end and final – just 4 weeks in total! And as I write this, we are now just 3 weeks until the first tee shots of the S16 Final have been cracked down the middle of the fairway (hopefully!)
It’s been another exciting season, our 16th – can you believe it?! Our four UK society days have been incredible, and saw us sell out all 4 days in approximately 18 hours. As our regular attendees know, these days are really special and epitomise everything that we stand for – friendship, fun, good competitive golf and of course that unique ‘Swingers spirit’. Well done Swingers Family!
Our season also saw a return to a US day on the East Coast. Although a small day, it was a lot of fun and we enjoyed meeting new Swingers from across the pond, and of course witnessing something very special from much loved Swinger, Leon Loberman.
We also experienced two Gold days, with our first Northern day at Carden Park, so it’s been as busy as ever, whilst all the time the league ticked along and the leaderboards took shape.
We ended the season by beating our record number of scores, an incredible achievement in a season that was a good 3-4 weeks shorter overall. We have more new Swingers taking part than ever before, and many new Swingers attending our society days. We also have a healthy number of rookies at the final, all great signs for the future of what we still strongly believe is the most unique amateur golfing network in the world!
So now after a hectic last few weeks, our focus firmly fixes on our first UK final in six years, and yet again it’s a final unlike anything we’ve done before. We are staying at what we consider the finest hotel in Liverpool – The Titanic Hotel with amazing rooms in a unique dockland setting, whilst playing arguably two of the finest and undoubtedly toughest courses we’ve ever played a final at. First off, former Ryder Cup venue Southport & Ainsdale which will see our foursomes and singles rounds, and sandwiched in between is the tasty prospect of a round at what is often described as the best course in England, Open Championship venue Royal Birkdale.
Last year’s final in Vegas really was special, and Liverpool has every chance of being just as memorable. If all 24 finalists embrace the true spirit of Swingers, yet more life time friendships and memories will be made, and that is essentially what it is all about.
Of the lucky 24 finalists, 10 are experiencing their first ever final, whilst only 4 are returning from Vegas, so it’s a really healthy mix. The captains will be announced on Monday (23rd September). Once more, we know who they are, but we want to give them their own moment of glory next week.
Following that, in due course, our captains will present their teams properly but for now here are the two teams to contest the S16 Final EUROPE v REST OF THE WORLD in Liverpool between 7-11 October 2019:
TEAM EUROPE (handicaps as of 8.9.19 in brackets)
Mark Attwell (8)
Steve Broadbent (6)
Alan Clifford (18)
George Copley (7)
Ken Daly (7)
Martin Derrick (18)
Steve Glennon (10)
Andrew Gray (14)
Rebecca Gray (13)
Roger Harpum (10)
Leon Loberman (24)
Scott Murray (7)
TEAM ROW (handicaps as of 8.9.19 in brackets)
Christy Ansbro (18)
Gary Chequer (14)
Andrew Davies (18)
Tobie De Jonge (10)
Karl Dzioba (15)
Clinton Heap (11)
Sean Henry (15)
Ray Lewis (10)
Andrew Lyth (4)
Brian O’Connor (16)
Steve Prater (9)
Tom Riddell (13)
Welcome to the build-up of the S16 Final!
Season 16 Final - 7 - 11 October 2019
At the end of our Season the top 11 Rest of the World Swingers and the top 11 European Swingers will compete in a Europe v Rest of the World Team Final on the North West coast of England in October 2019.
The final will take place on two world renowned courses, Open venue Royal Birkdale GC, and former Ryder Cup venue Southport and Ainsdale GC, with accoomodation* provided in either Liverpool or Manchester*.
The final is for most finalists unlike anything else they will have experienced in amateur golf. Team captains chosen from within each team host team meetings each night where the all important pairings are announced for each day’s play and tactics are decided.
Hearing your name read out over the PA on the first tee ‘Representing Europe’ or ‘Representing Rest of the World’ sends a tingle down your spine. Every putt and every shot is not just for yourself but for your team and the Swingers they represent at home who didn’t make the final.
There’s nothing like the pressure and excitement of the Swingers final, as you get to play foursomes on day one, fourball matches on day two and Singles matches on day three to decide the winners of the Season 16 title and the Pedlar Trophy.
By the end of it, our finalists have not only had a truly memorable experience, they will also have made new life long friendships.
Some quotes from previous Finalists:
“Outstanding, awesome, breath-taking, fun, fab golf, new friends, treated like a pro, amazing venue, fantastic comp, superb organization, simply fantastic... is only the tip of the iceberg “
”I compared the Swingers Final to the Ryder Cup - once you've played in one, you never want to miss it again.”
“Just unbelievable that this type of Golf trip exists, by far one of the best sporting experiences in my life. Any expectation you have from the onset is quickly superseded.. Absolutely tremendous - very fortunate indeed to have been invited and being part of the experience.”
“The Final has to be one of the world's outstanding amateur sporting events -- flying to a unique destination, playing golf on some of the world's best courses, competing against fellow lovers of the game, and being attended to by thorough and kind event organizers. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event that bears repeating!”
“How can I possibly put into words what it meant and felt like to be part of the Final, and do it justice. I have been fortunate to play in some outstanding golf events in the last few years ,but without a doubt this was my most memorable, enjoyable, well organised and run.”
“I think it is fair to say that I have never enjoyed 5 days so much in my life ... not just the golf but the camaraderie too.”
“We all now know what it feels like to be an A List Hollywood star, when everything is organised with perfection and all your needs are catered for.”
“It was an amazing adventure, packed with golf, camaraderie, good conversation, with a measure of excellent planning and warm hospitality. How lucky we are to have gotten to participate. Great to meet and re-meet some wonderful people.”
“As a first timer, it far exceeded expectations and it quickly grew into one large family trip I felt. I have made some lifelong friends. This opportunity to meet new people, from varied backgrounds and locations, and see different places would not have been possible without this experience.”
“to say I was excited to be attending the event would be an understatement, to experience it was mind-blowing, well run, tons of fun and I was blown away by the effort you and your team put in especially on a personal level. I have been lucky enough to attend plenty of golf events in my time, and I can safely say that the Swingers final I have just attended is the best I have ever experienced.”
“a wonderful few days of friendships, competition and laughter ...memories that I’ll cherish for a very, very long time.”
“Virgin has made an investment in promoting golf, friendly golf competition and camaraderie. I think that the Ryder Cup participants could learn a few things from the spirit of the Swingers finals. Of course, they’ve got it hands down on skill. But on behaviour, comportment, camaraderie and a true commitment to fairness and friendly competition, Swingers show their excellence and model exemplary sportsmanship.”
1. Any Flying Club member can register for, and take part in Swingers and enjoy the thrill of entering scores, meeting and playing other Swingers and climbing the leaderboard. However, please be aware that in order to qualify for the Season 16 Final, each individual Flying Club Swinger must have completed a minimum amount of flight activity between the dates of Tuesday 25 September 2018 and Monday 9 September 2019.
This flight activity can include Virgin Atlantic Reward flights and Miles Plus Money flights, together with Transatlantic Codeshare flights (marketed by Virgin Atlantic, but operated by Delta Air Lines - using a VS flight prefix) between 25 September 2018 and 9 September 2019 (Where Flying Club miles are the elected FFP earning currency).
The minimum amount of flight activity required depends on the number of consecutive final events you will have attended (including the S16 Final). Please note one sector is classed as one long-haul outbound or inbound flight as described above, or in simple terms a one way flight, whilst a return flight is classed as two sectors.
The requirements are as follows:
No consecutive finals (just S16) - 2 long-haul sectors
Two consecutive finals (S15 and S16) - 3 long-haul sectors
Three consecutive finals (S14, S15 and S16) - 4 long-haul sectors
Four consecutive finals (S13, S14, S15 and S16) - 5 long-haul sectors
Five consecutive finals or more (S12, S13, S14, S15, and S16) - 6 long-haul sectors
This flight earning/spending activity must be credited to the individual Flying Club Swinger's account by the close of the season at 0900 BST on Monday 9 September 2019. Only Flying Club miles earned by that individual member (by flying, using partners or purchasing miles for themselves), may qualify as a legitimate 'earning' or 'spending' transaction. Members travelling on a Reward flight or Miles Plus Money flight must have spent their own miles, and not be travelling on a flight paid for with another person's miles. Please note that competition prize flights awarded for travel to/from a previous Swingers final do not qualify.
2. The 12 European Team Final places will be made up of 1 Flying Club Swinger qualifying direct from our UK Society days, a minimum 3 Swingers from Europe Club Division 1 and 8 Swingers from all other European leaderboards – the full split can be seen here.
3. The 12 ROW Team Final places will be made up of 1 Flying Club Swinger qualifying direct from our US day, a minimum 3 Swingers from US Club Division 1, a minimum 3 Swingers from ROW Club Division 1, and 5 Swingers from all other ROW/US leaderboards – the full split can be seen here.
For further information see the FAQs or terms and conditions
*hotel to be confirmed