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TSG MatchPlay Championship…

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Mark Crane - TSG MatchPlay Championship Final

Mark Crane – TSG MatchPlay Champion

TheSocialGolfer.com, the online social networking community for golfers, held the TSG MatchPlay Championship Final (Sponsored by The Altonwood Group) at Westerham Golf Club, on Sunday 21st September 2014.

The finalists Mark Crane and Matt Taylor (both Kent based golfers) had spent the summer working their way through a field of 64 to secure their place at Westerham, having played six matches throughout the South East.

TSG MatchPlay Championship – The Final…

The match was full of up and downs with Crane – whose singing son has appeared on the X-Factor in recent years -proving that HE has it, finally claiming victory on the 16th hole after Taylor conceded to match 3 & 2.

The TSG MatchPlay Championship ran similarly to an FA Cup style knockout with participants arranging each round of matches at a course of their choice, with The Altonwood Group offering preferential green fees at its venues including Westerham, Woldingham and Surrey National throughout the summer for TSG members.

The game began nip and tuck over the first six holes with Taylor dropping a one shot lead on the 7th after having played the wrong ball, immediately resulting in the loss of hole. Crane capitalised on Taylor’s misfortune by taking a commanding lead into the back nine with a two shot advantage after the 10th. However, looking for his second TSG Major title this year, reigning TSG Masters Champion pulled back to within one shot after 12.

TSG MatchPlay Championship  Final 2014

Matt Taylor (Left), Mark Crane (Right)

TSG MatchPlay Championship  – the winner …

Many amateur golfers dream of what it’s like to play under such tense conditions, so it was time to see who could hold their nerve … Crane then dug deep and refocused and won two of the next three holes.

The game concluded when in real gentlemanly fashion, Taylor gave Crane his putt on 16 and the two shook hands.

With the light fading the other TSGers who had joined the finalists for the round, gathered to watch their new champion crowned. Taylor was magnanimous in defeat but Crane proved he was well worth his victory ….

What they said …

Crane, commenting on his win said Many thanks to The Social Golfer for all the time and energy they put into organising this competition, and for marshalling Matt and I throughout our final. Having a match referee was a new experience for me! I would also like to thank all my opponents for our enjoyable matches … we all watch golf on TV but now I know what’s really like to putt under pressure. I hardly slept last night thinking about the match and I couldn’t have played against a nicer guy!”  Crane now qualifies for the 2015 TSG Masters at Warley Park.

TSG MatchPlay Champion 2014 (Right ) & Runner Up (Left)

TSG MatchPlay Champion 2014 (Right)

Taylor, said “Thank you to Mark for making the matchplay final such a great event, despite coming runner up, hand on heart, I enjoyed every minute of it”

The competition ran from April 2014 with amateur golfers from all over the UK competing in the event. The organisers hope that the event will grow into a flagship competition for the innovative and forward thinking website, alongside its already established TSG Masters and the TSG Open Golf Day Championship, held annually in aid of disabled golf charity BALASA.org

Ian Mullins, owner of TheSocialGolfer.com said “Wow, what another fantastic event for TSG. The guys were such gentlemen throughout the game. I really take my hat off to them for coping under the pressure. And certainly Westerham proved to be a fitting venue for the final. Can’t wait for next year!”

By Ian Mullins

Altonwood Group opens its doors…

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Woldingham Golf Club

Woldingham Golf Club
part of The Altonwood Group

As we settle into the Summer weather over the next few weeks, The Altonwood Group (owners of five superb golf courses in Surrey and Kent) will be opening its Clubhouse doors to local golfers in each area.

Inviting them to sample the delights of each club including Westerham (Kent), Woldingham (Surrey), Surrey National and their flagship club The Addington (South London).

The open days will be a chance for golfers to have a free tour of the courses, a chance to enjoy the surrounding of the patio, bar and restaurants and take advantage of bespoke discounted green fees for each day.

The Altonwood Group prides itself on its ‘first class’ service and hopes that visitors will be able to experience this first hand.

What’s been going on at Altonwood Group recently …

Over the last few years, all of the clubs in the group has benefited from a great deal of renovations work.

The Addington the most recent to benefit from a huge amount of undergrowth clearance having taken place allowing the more established and prominent trees to flourish again.

The past two winters have also seen all the bunkers on the course re-shaped and lined with inverted turf to prevent stones invading the surface.

In addition, green waste has been applied to the fairways, and ‘green surrounds’ for the last three years with the playing surfaces have benefitted enormously from this.

Paths and steps on the course have been upgraded and added which has improved the presentation, leading to the recent Golf World Ranking improving yet again, placing The Addington at 70 in the Top 100 courses

And there more good news for golfers …

Not satisfied by these improvements, The Altonwood Group have also just made an investment in the region of £200,000 upgrading their buggy fleets at their four, eighteen hole courses with E-Z-GO ‘the number one golf car in the world’.

In March, sixty new JACOBSEN E-Z-GO RXVE buggies were delivered to The Addington, Surrey National, Westerham and Woldingham.

In 2013, The Altonwood Group introduced its flexible membership card – The Altonwood Season Ticket – meaning there are a number of ways in which the courses and membership can be enjoyed, starting from as little as £299 a year.

How refreshing to see so much time and effort being put back into the courses and clubs, however, don’t take our word for it, go see for yourself!

Ps. The Altonwood is the official sponsor of The TSG MatchPlay Championship Trophy – see offer pages for discounted green fees

The Altonwood Group Open Days:

  • The Addington – Saturday 21st June & Sunday 22nd June
  • Westerham and Woldingham – Saturday 21st June
  • Surrey National – Sunday 22nd June

Other Events at The Altonwood Group this Summer:

  • The Addington Mens Scratch Open – Saturday 14th June
  • The Addington Pro-Am – Friday 4th July
  • The Addington Footballers’ Classic – Wednesday 3rd September

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By Ian Mullins