Golfing duo miss out... just

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A pair of amateur golfers from Mareham le Fen just missed out in their attempt to win a national title at the grand final of the 2014 Morocco Matchplay.

Colin Trestrail, 56, a three-handicapper, and six-handicapper Duncan MacDonald, 43, both members at Louth GC, played five rounds of match-play golf, winning three, to finish third in the final of the pairs competition.

RAF aircraft engineer MacDonald said: “It’s the first time I’ve entered anything like this and it’s been a really good week.

“We’ve really enjoyed it.”

Trestrail, a social worker, added: “The whole week’s been great. We really enjoyed ourselves.”

They enjoyed complimentary return flights to Morocco; six-nights’ accommodation at the stunning, five-star L’Amphitrite Palace hotel, in Skhirat; and five rounds of golf, at both the Royal Golf Dar Essalam, which hosted the last Moroccan Open in 2001 and returns to the European Tour in 2016, and the Tony Jacklin Casablanca.

The trip to the grand final was reward for their efforts in battling through regional rounds and a regional final during 2014, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap.

They were just two of 32 golfers from across the UK who qualified for the grand final, sponsored by HowDiDo, which featured four competitions: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, for those aged 50 or more.