This was the first year that Goodwood has taken part in the competition and the team was selected at a qualifying event on the Downs course in June. Golf At Goodwood General Manager Stuart Gillett was joined by Peter Walsh, Geoff Bleasby and David Boyle for the trip, which also included traditional tapas meals and local wines.
The competition was played in a stableford format, with the best two out of the four scores to count. The Goodwood team performed admirably in the first round and, despite not scoring any points on the last hole, found themselves only a point off the lead on 91.
The second round involved a shotgun start with the teams able to track their progress through live scoring in the buggies. Although Goodwood started slowly, some good golf on the back nine and a strong final three holes saw them finish in third place behind the teams from The Belfry and Meditar Real Estate. Actress and TV presenter Denise van Outen was on hand to award the trophies.
Stuart Gillet was delighted with the event. “I am thrilled to have been able to bring a team from Goodwood to the Copa Las Colinas. It’s a fabulous resort and so easy to get to from the UK. The course, hospitality and service were fabulous and I am sure that many of our members will enjoy visiting Las Colinas in the future. To finish third is a great effort and we have built some great friendships with some of the other clubs here. I hope that in the future we will be able to continue having Goodwood represented in this event and look to do other similar events that make being a member of Goodwood just that little bit special.”
Peter Walsh commented, “I wasn’t sure what to expect from the trip but was overwhelmed with the whole event. It was incredibly well organised and the resort is absolutely world class. I am a little flabbergasted that by finishing in the top three of a members competition enabled me to come on such a great tip. I love being a member of Golf At Goodwood, the service and whole approach to golf is refreshing and to have the opportunities to do things like this is why it’s such a great club. I’ll be practicing hard to try and qualify for next year’s event!”