US Golf Day: Maderas
US DAY - MADERAS GOLF CLUB, POWAY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
DATE: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, 2017
Return US trip beckons for Heap following memorable day at Maderas
We returned to the stunning Maderas Golf Club in San Diego for our annual US day, which saw a mixture of our US, UK and ROW Swingers come together for a fun day of golf in the sunshine.
The hot favourite was South African Clinton Heap who in a practice round the day prior shot 39pts and was looking very good. It was great to see so many of the guests arrive a day early, play 18 holes and meet up for dinner, and this shows the true essence of what Swingers is all about.
On the day itself, we were blessed with clear blue skies and a gentle breeze making conditions pretty much perfect, as our guests arrived to their bumper packed exclusive US goody bag.
Out on the course, our Swingers were soon finding out that the course, although not long, was certainly no push over. It was certainly in fine condition, with fast running greens proving tricky.
In the Nearest the Pin competiiton, few hit the green, and although Terry Butrym was arguably closest to what was a very tough pin placement, he was just off the green, leaving his partner former ROW Captain Chris Cattran to gleefully take the prize!
In the Longest Drive competition, Steve Jones won with a big drive on the 14th.
In the Team Stableford competition, the international threeball of South Africans Alistair Steele and Clinton Heap, and Welshman Andrew Davies came second with a total of 87 points winning some Trendy Golf gear. But it was the Brian O'Connor, Robert Evans, Paul Segal and John O'Brien team who finished top with 89pts winning a Cleveland Hybrid each.
In the individual competition, our prizes went down to seventh place, with Paul Segal winning Dirty Dog sunglasses with 32 points. Robert Evans finished on 33pts to take sixth place to win some gear from Trendy Golf. In fifth place, local South African and Torrey Pines member Alistair Steele, who also shot 33pts, also won prizes from Trendy Golf and Dirty Dog. In fourth place was David Hansma also with 33pts who won a Cleveland wedge and Dirty Dog sunglasses.
The top three all came in with impressive scores. In third place was South African Clinton Heap who had made the longest journey over to the event. Clinton shot 36pts winning a SkyCaddie watch, whilst Terry Butrym shot 37pts to win a Cleveland Bag. Top of the pile however was multi finalist Brian O'Connor who shot 42pts to win the Stewart Golf trolley.
Brian however, was unable to accept the main prize this year of a place in the S14 Final at Streamsong in Florida. As Clinton Heap was the next player with the necessary qualifying flights, we can confirm that our first ROW team member for S14 is indeed Clinton. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you attempt to defend the Pedlar Trophy you helped win at Sun City last year.
A big thank you to all our Swingers who travelled to San Diego to spend the day with us, especially our UK and SA contingent of Terry Woods, Leon Loberman and Clinton Heap. We appreciate all your amazing support as we do the sponsors who helped provide an amazing goody bag and prizes - thank you Srixon, Cleveland Golf, Trendy Golf, Hertz, Stewart Golf, Level 4, Dirty Dog, Gleneagles and SkyCaddie.
Enjoy the rest of the season!