Boat of Garten duo Paul Downs & Magda Stefan were today crowned PING Scottish Mixed Champions at Gleneagles.
On a showery day in Perthshire, 40 club pairings teed it up on The Queen’s Course, in the free-to-enter national event for club golfers.
As the trophy heads north on the A9 this evening on route to the Scottish Highlands, Paul Downs will no doubt replay in his head his phenomenal hole-in-one at the par-3 5th hole, which helped the team to an impressive team total of 47 stableford points.
Finishing in second place was the Elmwood Golfing Society pairing of Jane Morris and Billy Park on 44 points, with the Jane MacDonald and Andrew Helm of Merchants of Edinburgh sharing third place with Pam Wilson and Richard Reid of Downfield on 43 points.
Following their victory Paul Downs said: “Today was my first time playing The Queen’s Course here at Gleneagles and it was absolutely beautiful. We had a great day from start to finish, such a fantastic experience which was made all the better by winning and having a hole in one.
“The event was run fantastically well, and I would highly recommend club golfers play in a club qualifier next season in the hope of making the final.”
The event, in its second year, offered the perfect mix of fantastic prizes from PING, world-class hospitality from Gleneagles and of course the opportunity to be crowned PING Scottish Mixed Champions.
No-one left empty-handed today either, with each of the 80 finalists being rewarded with a PING Scottish Golf bag, produced exclusively for the final, and the opportunity to enjoy the PING Custom Fit Experience on the range.