David Quick(62)a London bus driver from Romford in Essex has won the top prize of a two-night break for two at the Swallow Hotel in Carnoustie, including a round of golf on the Championship course, which hosts the 2007 Open and the Alfred Dunhill event.
He's a 15 handicap member at Romford Golf Club, having taken up the game again eight years ago. He celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary next week with a visit to Las Vegas with his wife Pauline.
The competition was kindly sponsored by Visit Scotland, Glenbrae Golf and the UK Golf Show, who gave away 20 pairs of tickets to their event at the NEC in November.
Six runners-up win Glenbrae Spirol lambswool sweaters – Sean Fitzgerald from Bristol, Rob Nolasco from Hertfordshire, Judith Mills from Swindon, Lewis Kelman from Aberdeen, Steve Critchell from Newbury and Mark Sach from Evesham.
Sean (49) is a teacher at a 6th Form college and has achieved a 16 handicap within a year at Saltford Golf Club. Rob(58), writes English language textbooks for overseas students and has a 23 handicap at gog Magog Golf Club.
Judith (46) tells me she is ‘totally addicted to golf’after taking the game up in April at Cricklade Hotel and Country Club and has already achieved a handicap of 23.Lewis(37), who works at a paper mill, plays to a nine handicap at Kintore Golf Club, where he had his first hole in one last year.
Stephen (53), an 11-handicap member at Newbury and Crookham Golf Club and director of a company building retirement villages, is an avid collector of golf club ball markers and so far has over 200 with Silver Tip, near Banff (Canada) his favourite.
"It's a course where a bald eagle flew in and settle on the top of a pine tree overlooking the first fairway as we began our round," he recalled.
We've also given away 20 pairs of tickets to the UK Golf Show (24 - 26 November 2006.)
Congratulations to Scott Hutchison from Prestwick, Jonathon Hovers from Sutton Coldfield, Brian Coppen from Cramlington, Lyn Robbins from East Barnet, Graham Barron from Perth Sheila Dugmored from Oakham, Costas Sophocleous from Enfield, Gary Stevens from Lichfield, Kay Finlay from Rye, Julie Clark from Sheffield, Fiona Duncan from Kelso, Neil Harrison from Bolton, Marissa Wright from Bushey Heath, Lynn Bilby from Bromley, Tom Harris from Alnwick, Linsay Griffths from Swansea, helen Izzard from Manchester, Ian Forde from High Wycombe, Anna Jackson from Wakefield, Ian McCrae from Eckington.
Tickets will be on their way to you shortly.
Winner of the top prize in our Kaala Golf competition – an electric Kaala trolley from trolley makers - is Wayne Thompson from Stapleford, Nottingham.
Two runners-up each receive a Kaala pull trolley. Electrician Ian Nevins (44) is a three handicapper from Berwick on Tweed and Swiss-born Heinz Eglin (63) has a 28 handicap at Cape Cornwall Golf club near his home at Pendeen.
"I’m delighted," he told me " it’s the first time I’ve won anything!"