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Posted on 20 Apr 2020

Categories: Event Report

The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020

With Coronavirus raging, golf tournaments around the world, including The Masters, cancelled, Tours suspended, hotels and countries in lock down, it was quite a feat that the David Short Golf Lopesan Open was completed before all competitors were banished to their bedrooms by the Spanish Police.

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The narrow 2nd hole at Lopesan Links.

Under blue skies and at times blustery conditions, some remarkable scoring was returned. In fact the standard was so high, only one lost ball and a single visit to water was recorded. Don played 9 holes in 25 shots on four separate occasions leading three teams to victory, and a total of 5 holes in one were achieved over three days of competition.

The second days six ball challenge played to the ancient rules, including stymies, saw keen competition amongst fluctuating scoring. The extremely testing final hole almost proved the undoing of the front runner, Ronnie , who tumbled from 3 under to level, but with several near double digit scores from her fellow competitors she recorded a fine five shot victory over Runner up Gary, who, amidst the carnage of that final hole, recorded a magnificent 3 to overtake all but Ronnie.

David and Ronnie proudly displaying their hole in one and her Six Ball winners trophies.

However, even this wonderful play was made to look almost ordinary by the extraordinary play of Lopesan Matchplay Champion Paula. In the semi finals, facing an unbelievable two / one start by her opponent and the previous days winner Ronnie, she doggedly fought back, levelled the match, and following five halved holes, including a remarkable 15 footer up the Mackenzie tier on the final hole, took the match into extra time. With nerves of steel, Paula holed a tricky 15 incher on the lightning fast first to advance into the final.

Her opponent in the final, the incredibly consistent Don, was obviously shaken on realising she had broken his record score with a fantastic 24 in the semi finals and never really came to terms with the wobbleless Williams who stormed to 4 & 3 victory to become a most worthy winner of the inaugural Lopesan Links Open Matchplay Championship.

Paula “Wobbleless” Williams with her haul of Lopesan Open trophies at the presentation ceremony.

In her victory speech Paula was most complementary towards her opponent in the final, the fine test provided by the Lopesan course, and said she would almost certainly return to defend her Championship next year and how proud she was to be the holder of such a magnificent trophy.

Best regards
David


3 reviews on “The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020

  1. I’m laughing as much now as I was at the awards ceremony. Thank you so much to our group for keeping each other sane. I expect white shirts at some point at the 2021 Open ( you had to be there).

  2. After reading through the blog ,can I just add my congrats to both ladies off there excellent golf played under extreme pressure. Hope everyone’s fit and staying safe, as for the future i am thinking off doing the Peak District tour in July ,maybe a good reunion for the Gran Canarian crowd

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