Grand Finals 2009

All arrived for this year’s final and checked in at the Mandalay Bay (www.mandalaybay.com) from Thursday to Saturday and had travelled from Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Cyprus and England.

The trip started off with a drinks and canapé reception, Sunday evening at the MIX bar and restaurant which is situated on the 64thfloor of “The Hotel at Mandalay Bay”. The bar offers unbelievable views over the Las Vegas strip. All the players received a goodies bag and discussions were enjoyed regarding shooting for the “Million Dollars”the next day.

The following morning on arrival at the beautiful and renowned Bali Hai Golf Club (www.balihaigolfclub.com), which is situated literally next to the Las Vegas strip, everyone enjoyed the breakfast of their choice. All then proceeded to the practice range to hone their skills ready for the big shoot out. Prior to the “Million Dollar” shoot out, everyone played 18 holes of golf and prizes were won for longest drive, nearest pin and the overall stableford winner. The longest drive winner was John Crossey from Northern Ireland, nearest the pin was Andreas Eckhoff from Germany and the overall stableford winner was Leo Bohan from Holland.

After everyone had completed their round, the 2009 “hole in winners” returned to the 9thtee for their “Million Dollar Shoot Out“, whilst all the other players watched from around the 9thgreen, Alexandra Moehring went first and managed to find the green but alas no hole in one, next up was Robert Fleming who also sadly missed. He was followed by Leo Bohan who again unfortunately missed, it was finally left to Owen Crossey to try and win the “Million Dollars, once again the hole in one never occurred. We all have to wait until next year and the return to Las Vegas for the 2010 final and the next opportunity to shoot for “Million Dollars”.

The final was followed in the evening by a sumptuous eight course tasting menu at The Aureole Restaurant (www.aureolelv.com). The dinner was enjoyed at the same time as watching the wine waiters fly through the air to collect wine from the expansive wine tower. The whole trip was summed up by Leo Bohan who took time out to thank Million Dollar Hole in One for the organisation and professionalism of the whole trip and to state how much everyone had enjoyed the whole experience.