22nd Mar, 2019

Droitwich brothers take second at the American Golf Family Championship national final

Craig Gibbons 14th Sep, 2017

DROITWICH brothers Ian and Alan Gandy narrowly missed out on the American Golf Family Championship national title.

Taking on qualifiers from all over the UK and Ireland, the pair secured a second-placed finish at four-time Ryder Cup venue, the Belfry.

The brothers, who play at Droitwich Golf Club, put in a fantastic display of golf over three days of competition, only narrowly missing out on the title with a 3 & 2 loss in the nine-hole matchplay final.

After coming in from the championship game the pair were in a reflective mood over a good weekend’s golf.

“We had a good Thursday, not so good Friday and scraped through in fourth place,” said Ian.

“We had a great morning the following morning against two low handicappers.”

Alan added: “We played well but were beaten fair and square. They bounced off each other.

“When one had a bad hole the other had a good one.”

The pair qualified for the final stages by finishing fourth in the seeding rounds.

They then took on top qualifiers Joshua and Peter Stern, moving past them into the final with victory on the final hole.

The none-hole matchplay final brought them up against Chorley father and son team Ian and James Fox, but the Leyland Golf Club pair just proved too strong.

After seeing the championship come to a close, Daniel Gathercole, director of marketing and communications at American Golf, said: “This first year of the family championship has been a huge success.

“To see families like Ian and Alan out playing the game, enjoying the competition and spending time together is a fantastic sight.

“Golf is one of very few activities that people of different abilities can play together, so it’s perfect for families to take part and enjoy.

“Every competitor over the past three days has played with great spirit and been a wonderful ambassador for both the game and their family.”

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