Greencard Golf Tour Review 2018: Regnum Carya Resort, Turkey
Regnum Carya Continues to Impress
This is our fourth visit to the all Inclusive Regnum Carya and once again this wonderful resort continues to impress. It is without doubt one of the finest hotels we have visited. The first thing that strikes you is the attention to detail. From the glass of champagne offered to you on arrival, and indeed every time you enter the hotel, to the fabulous, friendly staff to the quality of the food and drink in all the outlets. The surrounding gardens, pools, private beach and pier are just stunning.
The rooms are equal to any hotel we have visited around the globe. All rooms have a balcony offering views of either the golf course or the swimming pool and sea beyond. There is a walk in wardrobe and impressive en-suite bathroom.
The golf programme for the week included three rounds on the Carya, one on the National and one on the Montgomerie.
one round on each of the National and Montgomerie together with three rounds on the adjacent Carya, which has hosted the Ladies European Tour event in 2015 and the men’s European Tour event for the last two years.
The weather was set fair for the week with sunshine, perfect temperatures and blue skies. The opening round was the usual AM AM, played on the Carya course. However, for the first time we had a late afternoon start allowing us to experience playing under floodlights. The Carya is one of only a few courses around the World to have a full 18 holes under lights.
The team of Tony Negal, Sheila Kemble, Tommy White and Claire Nicolaou took the win with a superb score of 90 points. The runners up were captained by Jez Morgan and included Debbie Morgan, Chris Clempner and Ros Clempner.
Anthony Trafford Takes An Early Lead
The following day we travelled the short distance to the nearby National Golf Club. This course certainly tests your golfing ability with tight tree-lined fairways and undulating greens.
Anthony Trafford had a wonderful round of golf carding 38 points. Jez Morgan and Ian Harris were just one behind on 37. Maggie Lowe, Neil Gillam and Sam Judson were on 36 and last years’ champion, Brian Haynes, began his defence with a solid 35 a score matched by Christine Fisher.
The free day followed which gave everyone the opportunity to utilise the wonderful facilities at the hotel. Many chilled out on the beach or beside one of the many swimming pools enjoying the glorious sunshine. Others made use of the excellent spa or took the opportunity to improve their game by attending a short game clinic run by our Greencard PGA professional, Paul Mclean. The resort really caters for all.
The following day it was back to business with the second round of the event being held on the Carya. The course requires accuracy from the tee and the tricky greens ensure scoring is not easy. There is not one weak hole on this course, it is a fair and true test of golfing ability, a joy to play.
Julie Harris made a significant move with a wonderful 39 points. Meanwhile Christine Fisher also moved up the leaderboard after carding 38 points. Ian Harris maintained his form with another impressive round of 36. Keith Judson, Colin Baker, Alan Baxter, Ros Clempner and Claire Nicolaou all finished the day with 35.
At the half way stage Christine Fisher and Ian Harris shared the lead on 73 points, three ahead of Julie Harris in third. Clare Nicolaou and Alan Baxter were one point further back. Meanwhile, John Meagher, Victor Gould, and Sam Judson were still very much in the hunt on 68 points.
Victor Gould and Bill Leo Shine at Montgomerie
The next day we took on the Montgomerie for the third round. The course opened for play in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of best in the area. Many of the fairways play through mature pine forest and work with the area’s natural features to create an enjoyable yet challenging course. In 2013 it played host to the first Turkish Airlines Open.
This time it was the turn of Victor Gould and Bill Leo to star, both enjoying superb rounds and finishing the day on 38 points. Tony Wells and Sam Judson each shot 37, two ahead of Marian Raybone and Alan Baxter.
With one round to go Victor was leading the field on 106, just one point ahead of Sam Judson. Alan Baxter was lying third on 104 and Julie Harris made up the fourth member of the final fourball on 103. There were several players on 101 including Tony Wells, Brian Haynes and Neil Gillam.
The final round this year was played on the Carya course. Anthony Trafford rediscovered his form from the first round and finished the event with a superb 39 points, which would move him into the top 10 overall. Former champion Brian Haynes shot a 37 on a course he has enjoyed many fine rounds. This secured him a third place finish.
Meanwhile, the leading group had been battling it out. At the halfway point in the round Alan Baxter and Julie Harris were slipping out of contention having both scored 14. However, Sam Judson and Victor Gould were level and had it all to play for on the final nine holes.
Both Julie Harris and Alan Baxter fought back on the back nine scoring 18 and 17 respectively. It would be enough to put Julie into fourth position overall and for Alan to gain sufficient tour points to qualify for the finals later in the year.
Sam Judson had been playing well all week and chasing her maiden Greencard Tour win, her form held throughout the whole event. After putting out on the 18th green, it soon became apparent that Sam had taken the victory. After a tremendous 21 points on the back nine and a total of 39 in the final round and an overall tally of 144, the eventual winning margin over Victor was five points.
Congratulations to Sam on her victory and a large thank you to all of you who travelled to Turkey and made the week such a success. Congratulations must also go to Alan Baxter who gained sufficient Tour Points to qualify for the finals week later this year at Quinta da Lago.
We are already booked to return to this wonderful venue in May 2019. Full details are available here.
Greencard Golf Tour 2018 Regnum Carya Resort, Turkey: Final Leaderboard
|Name||Total Pts||H’cap||Rnd 1||Rnd 2||Rnd 3||Rnd 4|
|43||Jennie Thorn Davies||96||26||27||24||23||22|