A MARRIED team of amateur golfers from Bexley head off to Portugal this weekend after winning a place in the prestigious mixed pairs grand final of the HowDidiDo national matchplay championships.

The trip to the Vilamoura resort on the Algarve is reward for their efforts in battling way through local rounds and a regional final at Macdonald Portal during 2012, in a competition open to any golfer who is a member of an affiliated club with an officially recognised handicap.

Jane Marr, who plays off a handicap of 13, and 16-handicapper husband Paul, who both play their golf at Broke Hill GC, will play five rounds of golf over the renowned Laguna, Millennium, Old, Faldo and Victoria courses, and a presentation gala dinner.

Four competitions culminate in the grand final at Vilamoura - singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs, for those aged 50 or more - with a total of 32 golfers, from across the UK 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.

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