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Paul Maddy wins Veka and Network Veka Open
August 30, 2012

De Vere Wychwood Park, one of the country's leading championship golf courses, hosted the PGA EuroPro Tour this weekend, as some of Europe's best young golfers gathered to contest the Veka and Network Veka Open. The tournament was won by Cambridgeshire's Paul Maddy, who finished the three-round event at 10-under par for a two-shot victory over Scott Fallon from North London. Maddy entered the final round with a two-stroke lead following a blistering second round course record of 62. With victory he picked up the winner's cheque of £10,000 and climbed to third place in the Order of Merit, in line to claim one of the five Challenge Tour cards up for grabs at the end of the season. Players and sponsors were quick to praise the impressive venue, which will host the European Tour Qualifying School next month.

"We've witnessed some fantastic golf this week, especially from Paul, whose second round 62 was a remarkable performance," noted Jon Farmer, Head Professional and Golf Manager at De Vere Wychwood Park. "The tournament was a resounding success from start to finish and the ideal way to begin what is a busy couple of weeks here at Wychwood Park. The course is in phenomenal condition and received rich-acclaim from all the players. We're looking forward to welcoming the European Tour Qualifying School, which kicks off next month."

Maddy entered the week on the back of a second place finish in his last EuroPro Tour event, yet his record-breaking performance came as a surprise to the Gog Magog native. "On Thursday morning I walked onto the course with no expectations, but I got some momentum with a birdie at the first and then it was a case of taking the opportunities when they came. It was obviously my day. For most of the round I wasn't thinking that something special was on, but then I managed to birdie the hardest three holes on the course, 13, 14 and 15, and I capped it off with an eagle on the last."

At just over 7,200 yards, the championship course at Wychwood Park opened in 2002, providing a challenge to test golfers of all ability. The venue is regarded as one of the country's best championship courses and joins several other De Vere Resorts as hosts of high-profile professional events in 2012, following the PGA Professionals Championship at De Vere Carden Park, and the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at De Vere Slaley Hall on the European Senior Tour.

De Vere Wychwood Park is also part of the pioneering golf and leisure membership scheme introduced in March 2010, known as the De Vere Club, which has experienced remarkable success since being launched by Honorary Captain Peter Allis. The De Vere Club has changed the way modern golfers look at golf club memberships with a unique approach that has been championed for its flexibility and affordability by offering golfers the chance to play premium golf courses across the complete De Vere Golf portfolio in the UK, for an initial payment of just £295. As well as Wychwood Park, the membership includes other Championship layouts such as The Carrick on Loch Lomond, Wokefield Park, Slaley Hall and Heron's Reach. In just two years the De Vere Club has received backing from sporting legends Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff and Harry Redknapp, as well as TV golf personality Sophie Horn, to become the fastest growing golf and leisure membership in the country.




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