El Chaparral Club de Golf held this groundbreaking event last Saturday 07th July.

In times of crisis, imagination is at a premium and proof of this was the inaugural ‘I Match Play Clubes Sin Campo de la Costa del Sol’ to be played between local golf clubs, ‘sin campo’ on an annual basis. For the record, although this translates paradoxically to a golf course without any holes a committee is formed, norms are adhered to and it is affiliated to the Royal Spanish Golf Federation for handicap purposes.

This innovative project is the brainchild of El Chaparral golf director, Domingo Gavira (pictured here with the winning team) and collects together large groupings of amateur golfers on the Costa del Sol competing under Ryder Cup Match Play format. Thus commented Domingo: ”This is without doubt an initiative whose main aim, above all, is to foment relations between local golfers whereby each golfer has to defend the colours of his or her club.”

In this first edition six teams competed for the right to keep the trophy – and exercise bragging rights – for the following twelve months. ( an added incentive being that any team that wins three out of five years is entitled to keep the cup outright ) A full complement of 72 golfers saw teams of two tee off from a shotgun start in warm conditions. In the event, the eventual winners on a competitive day’s play were the ‘Club Crisol de Benalmadena’ with 4.5 points, closely followed by ‘Club de Golf Bandera’ half a point behind. The remainder – including “Marbella Golf “, ‘La Cizaña,’ Cancelada Club’ and old-timers, ‘Tamisuel’ brought up the rear on two points.