I just wanted to thank you and your team for all your hard work in arranging our golf trip, which went superbly and you even arranged the weather! Everything ran like clockwork and everyone was so helpful, you really have a great network of contacts. I would not hesitate in recommending Mancini Events to friends and colleagues for any future similar breaks.
Malcom Dalglish CBRE Limited
The opportunity of playing with and against my peers at this first ever matchplay format was something I thought would be fun, to eventually go on to win was a terrific experience.
Terry has another winning event and format in place and I hope to be the first in a long line of matchplay winners.
Terry and Mancini Events have found another unique event, a great course, great sponsors, and a hugely competitive competition, can't wait for next year to come round.
It would be 5 rounds of golf over 3 days (providing you got to the final) and needed a proper prize to secure some of the games icon ex-players who love their golf but more than that, love to compete!!!
We were fortunate to engage the help and sponsorship of Victor Chandler, who gave a hefty fund to start this first ever event at Essendon Country Club in Hertfordshire.
We held a charity golf day on Sunday the 5th May in aid of the "Willow Foundation" and were fortunate to raise enough teams and accommodate 26 footballers.
We raised over £6000 for Bob and Megs Wilson and their charity.
The format was quite simple, the best 2 scores from 4 off ¾ handicap with the footballer in each team having an individual score counted.
The top 16 footballers then qualified to play on Monday morning in the first knockout phase, then the final 8 on Monday afternoon, the 4 semi-finalists on Tuesday morning and the final Tuesday afternoon.
This is where the excitement starts, Pat Jennings who failed to qualify automatically on Sunday, left the golf club a broken man who had only mustered 24 points and finished in 18th position.
Alan McInally couldn't play as he was off to Germany for work on Monday morning, which let in Dave Beasant, No 17 and when Leicester City recalled Harry Kane on Sunday night for training the following morning, it let in player No18, Pat Jennings.
He was embarrassed to get a call up in that manner but understood that Harry couldn't play and he was next in line.
He turned up early on Monday morning and teed off against Teddy Sheringham, who was one of the favourites and had qualified with 34 points. After 3 holes Pat was 3 down and obviously his golf hadn't got any better, when I caught up with them at the 9th, Pat had miraculously gone 1 up and his golf swing had come back. He eventually beat Teddy 3/2 to enter the 2nd round where he played another fancied player Steve Lovell off 5, Pat was now getting more confident and disposed of Steve 4/3. He left the golf club that evening a lot more sprightly than he had arrived that morning.
He arrived back on Tuesday morning bright and early to play Glenn Hoddle in the semi-final and played even better than he had done on Monday, he beat Glenn who had also played exceptionally well over the 3 days, 5/4.
The final was between Pat and John Lacy, two old Tottenham team mates, with Pat off 8 and John off 7.
It was some of the best golf I have seen and would have graced any Sunday afternoon Professional golf tournament, when Pat finally won 4/3, he was only 3 over par at that stage and if John had not had 3 particularly bad holes on the front 9, it would have been very close.
The first Champion of this hopefully new Mancini Events competition was Pat Jennings, who if you can remember, never qualified to play and only when Harry Kane got recalled to Leicester did he creep in the back door and out the front door 2 days later with 1st prize!!!!
We have never received so many calls, texts and emails, from all the players who took part wanting to know who had won and how did the matches work out.
We are very grateful to Victor Chandler and their sponsorship of this first event and the news sounds good, as they also like the format and will continue next year.