Maggie Lowe Hits Top Form at Regnum Carya
This is our fifth visit to the All-Inclusive Regnum Carya and our second in 2018. Following our earlier tour in May, we decided to float the idea of returning in the autumn. The idea was met with a positive response and arrangements were subsequently made.
The Regnum Carya, is without question one of the best hotels that we have the pleasure of including in our programme. Each time we return they have made subtle changes to the resort and golf course. Always updating and refreshing, it is a wonderful place to stay.
The rooms are equal to any hotel we have visited around the globe. All having a balcony and the vast majority 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 Lykia Links.
Day/Night Golf Experience for the AM-AM
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. There was a pro-am being held on the same day, and this resulted in us having an afternoon tee time. The last couple of holes being played under the floodlights.
Personal Message for Greencard from a Ryder Cup Captain
Paul McGinley was playing in the event and after having a chat, he kindly recorded a video wishing all of our finalists the best of luck with the event being held at Quinta do Lago later in the year.
The team including Maggie Lowe, Richard Whittet and Pauline Crosthwaite took the win with a score of 84 points. John Ward, Sally Ward and Malcolm Baker came second just two points behind.
The first round of the individual event took place at Lykia Links. Now this is a course that we do not normally include in our visits to Turkey as it is located a bit further afield. However, it turned out to be well worth the 35 minutes drive.
The course is a real challenge to play and if you are out of position from the tee, scoring becomes very tough. Maggie Lowe certainly enjoyed the challenge achieving an excellent score of 33, this was matched by Malcolm Baker. Sam Judson, our winner from May was just one point behind and Ian James Bailey was in fourth with 30.
Round 2: Maggie Lowe leads at halfway
The following morning, we returned to the Carya course for the second round. Maggie continued her form, once again finishing with the best score of the day on 36. This ensured that at the half way stage, Maggie was leading the field on 69. Jim Barton, Neil Gillam and John Ward were all starting to make their move, each scoring 35 points. Sam Judson struggled on the back nine and after finishing with 27, fell back down the field. Ian James Bailey had another good round with 32 and remained in the hunt.
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.
Round 3: Keith Judson returns best of the day on re-vamped National
The following day it was back to business with the third round of the event being held on the National. We played the recently opened nine holes together with nine from the original layout. The course certainly tests your skills and accuracy around here is the key.
This time it was the turn of Keith Judson to take the best score of the day with 32 points. This was two ahead of Mel Barton and three ahead of Pauline Crosthwaite and Ian James Bailey.
Going into the final round Maggie Lowe was still leading on 96 from Ian James Bailey and Keith Judson both on 91. The final member of the last four ball was Malcolm Baker on 88. However, we know from past experience that if you play well around the Carya, large scores are possible and so a victory from the chasing pack was still a possibility.
A well deserved victory
However, Maggie Lowe, playing off a handicap of 4, once again showed her class in securing another great score. The 36 points achieved in the second round was repeated and confirmed her well deserved victory by five shots. Ian James Bailey capped a superb week finishing with 36 points and in doing so confirmed the runner up place and qualification to the Finals week.
The best score of the day came from Colin Baker with 37. This moved him into top spot on qualifying for the finals through the order of merit. A route also achieved by Neil Gillam who left it late, requiring an up and down on the last to secure his place at the finals.
Keith Judson finished in third place after an excellent 35 points in the final round. He qualified for the finals as did Pauline Crosthwate and Jim Barton.
Congratulations to Maggie on her victory and a large thank you to all of you who travelled to Turkey and made the week such a success.
We are already booked to return to this wonderful venue at the Regnum Carya in May 2019. Full details are available here.