Golfers set for Morocco

ColinTrestail and Duncan MacDonald.
ColinTrestail and Duncan MacDonald.

A pair of amateur golfers from Mareham le Fen will head off to Morocco next month, looking to secure a national title in the grand final of the Morocco Matchplay.

The trip is a reward for the duo’s efforts in battling their way through local rounds and a regional final at Slaley Hall, Northumberland, during 2014, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially-recognised handicap.

RAF aircraft engineer Duncan Macdonald, 43, a six-handicapper, and three-handicap social worker Colin Trestrail, 56, are both Louth GC members.

They will take on five rounds of golf at the Royal Golf Dar Essalam - which hosted the last Moroccan Open in 2001, won by Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter - and also at the Tony Jacklin Casablanca course.

Four competitions culminate at the grand final, sponsored this year by the Moroccan National Tourist Office, and known formerly as the HowDidiDo National Matchplay Championship: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, with a total of 32 golfers from across the UK ultimately fighting it out for the titles.

Each pair will have played up to four qualifying rounds merely to reach the regional final, with the knockout rounds taking place between June and September, and the regional finals in October.

The Morocco Matchplay takes place from February 8-14.