Duke of Edinburgh Cup World Finals 2019
This year’s world finals took place from 29th September – 3rd October. 40 participants attended the Welcome Dinner @ Wentworth Golf Club on Sunday 29/9.
Monday 30th September
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 very autumnal with a slight chill in the air. The golf was excellent and the leader in the clubhouse after round 1 was John Kinger from Bahamas with 40 stableford points.
Tuesday 1st October
The 2nd round took place at West Hill Golf Club in Surrey. West Hill is also in the top 100 courses in England. Set in heathland with plenty of Heather to capture any balls that miss the fairways. The weather initially was extremely wet and at one point it looked like we would have to abandoned play due to the flooding of the greens. However, the sun then appeared which allowed play could continue. The scores were again excellent and considering most of the competitors were not used to playing in such wet conditions. The best round of the day was produced by Gavin Grimes from Gibraltar with 43 points.
After 2 days of intensive golf the overall winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Cup was Bill Weir from Barbados with rounds of 40 and 35 giving a total of 75 stableford points. Bill was also last year’s winner and after qualifying again at Royal Westmoreland earlier this year he returned to defend his title which he duly did winning by 1 point from Peter Waller of Bahamas and by doing so became the first player to defend the title. The winners of the World Pairs Trophy were David D’Souza and Digboloy Halder from Bangalore India with a total of 137 stableford points combined over the two days and the winner of the World Invitational Trophy with a total of 75 points was Richard Grafham from England.
This year saw a change to our schedule which resulted in the rest day being moved to the Thursday which was welcomed by all those who took part.
45 golfers participated in a 5 ball Texas Scramble. We were blessed by good weather. After play we enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the Cricket Pavilion. The winners were the team led by former RHGC Captain David Lewis.
Special thanks to John Green current Captain of RHGC who sadly was unable to attend but organised the day and to all the RHGC members who gave up their time in order for our players to enjoy a unique experience.
And a big thank you to all the competitors and guests who took part in this year’s World Final and to your credit I think you all contributed in making such a memorable event.
Director of Operations