Qualifying Events & World Finals 2021

The UK qualifying event in collaboration with DEBRA took place in August, held at Woburn GC, playing the Marquess Couse. 72 Players contested a pairs event which was won by two brothers Darryl and George Stokes. The event raised a net donation of £22k. Unfortunately the winners were unable to attend the World Finals therefore we have rolled their places over to 2022.

The World Finals took place at the end of September commencing with a Welcome Dinner held in the Sandringham Suite at the Castle Hotel Windsor. As planned the numbers were reduced to 24 and although not quite comparable with the Wentworth Club it proved to be very successful venue.

The first round of the World Finals took place at Bearwood Lakes on Monday 27th September, where Alex Toms of Gibraltar had the winning score. This was followed by the second round the following day which took place at Wentworth, playing the Edinburgh Course. The Winner on the day again was Alex Tom. Alex was a worthy winner of The Duke of Edinburgh Cup playing some excellent golf over the two days. Errol Bolanos of Gibraltar was runner-up. The pairs event was won by Alex Tom and Nick Russo of Gibraltar with the International Invitational Trophy being won by Daniel Bristow of England.

On Wednesday 29th the golf events concluded with a most enjoyable match and lunch with members of the Royal Household Golf Club.

Although we had a much reduced field for the golf, with the support of trustees, Fred Bickmore, Nick Pyle and Mike Walliker together with the members and staff of the Wentworth Club and the Royal Household Club we still managed to deliver a very successful few days golf.

The week was rounded of with the Royal Gala Dinner and Prize Giving and although we were unable to use Windsor Castle, The Wentworth Club proved to be a very good alternative venue. A special thank you to Ashok Rabheru who helped to secure Wentworth for both the golf and the Royal Gala Dinner. Toby Cruse once again provided a stand out act for our entertainment in Corrine Cowling an Australian Soprano.

The following week saw the first qualifying event for 2022 in our first collaboration with the DofE. This event was held at Wentworth and again playing the Edinburgh Course. With a field of 84 players this event proved to be very successful. The winning pair were James and Daphne Devane. The net donation to the DofE charity was £65k. We are now looking to build on this collaboration with further events planned for 2022.

I can also report that I have held several meetings over the last few weeks with prospective sponsors and organisations who are looking to be involved in future qualifying events both in the UK and internationally. I can also confirm Barbados have set the 23rd March for their 2022 qualifying event which will take place at the Royal Westmoreland Club. I have made contact with the organisers of Bahamas and India who are both looking to re-establish their events in 2022.

The wheels are now in motion for the 2022 World Finals and subject to confirmation the Welcome Dinner will take place on Sunday 25th September with the Royal Gala Dinner taking place at Windsor Castle on Thursday 29th September. The golfing venues are yet to be confirmed. However I would like to see a return to Wentworth for one of the final rounds albeit this will be at the discretion of Wentworth management team.

I can also report we now have the promotional video on the DOE Cup website. Special thanks to Craig Andrew and HRH for all their efforts in making this happen. It is already proving extremely useful and the feedback is extremely positive. I was hoping to have the website updated but unfortunately this has not been possible. I will however conclude everything in the next couple of weeks.

John Casserley
Consultant Director of Operations