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De Vere Slaley Hall witnesses thrilling climax to the PGA Cup

November 4, 2013

De Vere Slaley Hall played host to arguably one of the most exciting PGA Cup matches in event history this weekend, with the United States of America retaining the Llandudno Trophy in dramatic fashion after a 13-13 tie. Following three days of intense competition, Great Britain & Ireland almost pulled off one of the most miraculous comebacks on the final day, as they were trailing by five points heading into the Sunday singles matches. Team USA had been on top for the first two days, leaving Team GB&I requiring heroics to claim back the trophy. The home team dominated the Singles matches, winning 7.5 - 2.5, but unfortunately fell just short of the victory mark, meaning that the US Team retained the trophy. It was an incredible final day performance by GB&I across the late Dave Thomas designed Hunting course, following three consecutive defeats in the previous three editions of the matches.

The luxurious North East resort was lauded by competitors and guests alike for the first class hospitality during the week. The 7,063 par-72 Hunting course received high praise for its layout and conditioning from members of both teams throughout the week, and provided the perfect setting for the closely-fought matches. Benn Barham, former European Tour professional, who lead out the GB&I team on the final day, praised the condition of the putting surfaces in particular, "The Americans seemed to be at home on the slick, fast greens - we rarely play on many greens of this quality, they are exceptional."

PGA of America Honorary President and US Team Captain, Allen Wronowski paid further tribute, "Slaley Hall and the Hunting course will certainly be remembered as one of our finest host sites of the PGA Cup. The golf course conditions set up for a wonderful championship test, hard, but fair. The hotel and staff provided an incredible experience for all of the contestants, official parties and staff." He also praised all of the staff for their hard work in making the whole week an overwhelming success, "What phenomenal staff you have here. Of all the venues that we have had in the PGA Cup, this is one of the premier."

Players and officials from both sides arrived on Monday to prepare from the start of the week, and were treated to the renowned De Vere hospitality with official engagements across the converted Edwardian Mansion hotel. Even the players' partners were catered for, with a host of activities across the resort including The Slaley Club which offers the finest spa treatments and state-of-the-art leisure facilities.

Keith Pickard, Regional Golf Director, De Vere, commented on a successful week, "We had been looking forward to this week ever since it was announced that Slaley Hall would be hosting these matches, and we couldn't really have asked for things to have gone much better. Steve Cram and his team of greenkeepers once again did a fantastic job in preparing the golf course to the highest of standards, and it provided the perfect setting to one of the most exciting matches in history. The GB&I team put up a great fight on Sunday, but just couldn't quite overhaul the talented US side. I heard nothing but positive feedback all week and this just enhances the resort's reputation of one of the top tournament venues in the UK."

The selection of Slaley Hall as host venue for these historic matches just continues to underline De Vere's expansive partnership with the PGA, with a number of its key tournaments being played across the group's portfolio of resorts, including the ISPS HANDA PGA Senior Championship which was held at Slaley Hall for five consecutive years, and was this year held at De Vere Mottram Hall in Cheshire. It also adds another prestigious event to the long list of high-profile professional tournaments to be hosted at the premier North East resort, including a combined 18 European and European Senior Tour events over the past 25 years.








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