Great Strides come close to a Turkish delight

Nathan and Ethan Stride
Nathan and Ethan Stride
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Golf at Goodwood father and son duo Nathan and Ethan Stride turned in another impressive display but missed out on the top prize at the Grand Final of the Gloria Hotels & Resorts UK Pairs’ Championship.

The pair won through their qualifier on the Downs Course back in May, courtesy of an outstanding team display, which included a hole-in-one from 11-year-old Ethan.

The 19-handicapper, from Kirdford, struck his memorable ace with a five iron at the 145-yard par three 17th, which helped fire his team to a winning betterball score of 46 Stableford points.

It secured their place among eight other pairs from events around the country for the Grand Final at Stoke Park Country Club Spa & Hotel with a luxury golf holiday to the lavish Mediterranean five-star resort in Belek on the Turkish Riviera up for grabs for the overall winners.

Golf at Goodwood’s James Webber and Dan Andrews also made the line-up as best runners-up.

The Strides shot 39 Stableford points on the day and Webber and Andrews hit 42 but it was Scottish duo Kyle Lochhead and Stuart McMeekin who carried off the top prize with an unassailable 51-point haul.

Dad Nathan said: ‘It was a great opportunity to play at an amazing place like Stoke Park and we enjoyed the day.

‘We played pretty well and Ethan showed no nerves.

‘It’s great experience for the future for him to play in a competition like that.’

Ethan added: ‘It was brilliant to play there.

‘I was taking photos all the way round and I loved it.’

The competition, held in association with Elegant Golf Resorts – specialists in luxury golf holidays – and Monarch, saw more than 500 amateur golfers enter and is set to return in 2017.

The Grand Final also included a visit from European Tour star Simon Dyson, who held a short-game clinic and presented the prizes.

Elegant Golf Resorts are currently offering a seven-night, all-inclusive stay at Gloria Serenity Resort with three rounds of golf across Gloria Old and Gloria New courses from £739pp, subject to availability.

The offer is valid until to April 25, 2017.

For more details, visit elegantgolfresorts.com

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