Duke of Edinburgh Cup World Finals 2018
This year’s world finals took place from 30th September – 4th October. 60 participants attended the Welcome Dinner @ the Chapel in the Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor on Sunday 30/9.
Monday 1st October
The 1st round of the World Finals took place at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire. Bearwood is rated in the top 100 courses in England and set in Pine laden fairways with beautiful lakes coming into play at many of the holes. The weather was a beautiful autumn day but with a slight chill in the air. The golf was excellent and the leader in the clubhouse after round 1 was Hazel Clifford from Bermuda with a score of 40 stableford points. The best round of the day was produced by Vikas Dhull from India playing for the Invitational prize who had a remarkable 42 points.
Tuesday 2nd October
The 2nd round took place at Camberley Heath Golf Club in Surrey. Camberley Heath is also in the top 100 courses in England. A Harry Colt designed course set in heathland with plenty of Heather to capture any balls that miss the fairways. The weather was again beautiful and the temperature a little bit warmer than the previous day. The scores were again excellent considering most of the competitors were not used to the UK designed courses they all played extremely well. The best round of the day was produced by Jorgen Hasseriis from Botswana with 40 points. Jorgen also achieved something he had never done before, a hole in one on the 14th hole.
After 2 days of intensive golf the overall winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Cup was Bill Weir from Barbados with rounds of 37 and 37 giving a total of 74 stableford points. The runner up was Jatin Sindhu from India with a total of 70 stableford points. The winners of the World Pairs Trophy were Jatin Sindhu and Vikas Dhull from India with a total of 150 stableford points combined over the two days. The winner of the World Invitational Trophy with a total of 80 points was Vikas Dhull.
Wednesday 3rd Rest day
Thursday 4th October
45 golfers took part to contest a 5 ball Texas Scramble. Again, we were blessed by good weather which meant most of those who took part enjoyed their BBQ lunch in the Autumn sunshine. The winners were the team led by former RHGC Captain Paul Arengo-Jones.