GOLF: Golf star Colin sets sights on a dream Morocco mission

Morocco bound: :ColinTrestail (left) and  Duncan MacDonald

Morocco bound: :ColinTrestail (left) and Duncan MacDonald

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A difficult decision awaited Mareham-le-Fen golfer Colin Trestrail ahead of a trip to the prestigious golfing destination of Morocco.

Next February, he will compete for a prominent UK national amateur title after qualifying from a regional final at Slaley Hall, in Northumberland.

However, the 56-year-old social worker Trestrail qualified in not just one category in the Morocco Matchplay, powered by HowDidiDo, but two – pairs and seniors pairs.

The rules of the competition, however, state that a golfer may only compete in one category at the grand final.

Three-handicapper Trestrail had to make a choice, leaving his partners, Duncan MacDonald, in the pairs, and Paul Hutton, in the seniors, waiting on his decision.

In the end, Trestrail decided to compete in the pairs event meaning he will be accompanied by 43-year-old MacDonald, an RAF aircraft engineer, and a six-handicap club-mate at Louth GC.

Morocco has 29 golf courses to be enjoyed in year-round sunshine - plus 11 more under construction.

Trestrail and MacDonald can witness the stunning destination for themselves when the grand final takes place in February.

Four competitions culminate at the grand final, sponsored this year by the Moroccan National Tourist Office: singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, with a total of 32 golfers, from across the UK, ultimately fighting it out for the titles.

Each pair will have played up to four qualifying rounds merely to reach the regional final, with the knockout rounds taking place between June and September, and the regional finals in October.

They will enjoy complimentary return flights to Morocco, six-nights’ accommodation at the stunning, five-star L’Amphitrite Palace hotel, in Skhirat - with its own Atlantic Ocean beach - and five rounds of golf.

One of those rounds will be on the prestigious Red course at the Robert Trent Jones-designed Royal Golf Dar Essalam, which hosted the last Moroccan Open in 2001, won by Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter.

Participants will also receive a welcome reception and cocktail evening, and a final night presentation gala dinner.

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