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Golf   |31 May 2023


Edwin Palmer emerged as the victor of the Absa Monthly May competition (Photo: Contributed)

Absa McQueen Medal golf tournament concludes another exciting year


The highly anticipated Absa McQueen Medal golf tournament, the culmination of last year's monthly Absa mug competitions, once again brought together some of the finest golfers in the country.

With an illustrious history dating back to 1975, this event has become a cherished tradition, and Absa Bank Seychelles has been at the forefront of its sponsorship, continuing a legacy of support for nearly five decades.

The Monthly Mug competition on Saturday saw fierce competition between 36 golfers, each vying for the coveted trophy. The top performers from these monthly competitions earned the right to take part in the prestigious McQueen Medal, which determines the ultimate champion at the end of the 12-month cycle.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the Seychelles Golf Federation, which spans almost five decades. Together, Absa Bank and the federation have played a pivotal role in promoting the sport of golf in Seychelles. This enduring collaboration demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development of golf and fostering a thriving golfing community in the country,” said Nazim Mahmood, managing director of Absa Bank Seychelles while speaking at the event.

This year's McQueen Medal tournament showcased the skill and determination of the 12 Absa Monthly Mug winners from the previous 12 months. The event attracted golfers of all ages, uniting the younger and older generations in a spirited battle on the golf course. Competitors ranged from talented 18-year-olds to the oldest contender who is 86, both of whom had achieved multiple victories in their respective categories.

The final results of the Absa Monthly May competition set the stage for an exciting showdown in the McQueen Medal tournament. Edwin Palmer emerged as the victor, displaying an impressive performance with a remarkable 63 nett score. Louis Vandagne and Jerry Jean-Baptiste secured the second and third positions, respectively, both posting commendable scores of 65 nett.

However, it was Louis Vandagne who stole the spotlight in the McQueen Medal tournament, showcasing his exceptional skills and determination. With another impressive score of 65 nett, Vandagne claimed the top spot, earning the prestigious McQueen Medal for his outstanding performance. Axel Andrade and Darren Roberts displayed commendable performances, securing second and third positions with scores of 70 nett and 71 nett, respectively.

In addition to the overall winners, several competitors also displayed their prowess in specific aspects of the game. David Burton claimed the nearest to the pin on hole 7, showcasing his accuracy and precision. Barry Clothilde proved his mettle by claiming the nearest to the pin on hole 12, demonstrating a remarkable understanding of the course. Lastly, Jaden Deltel showed the audience his power and finesse by winning the longest drive competition on hole 18.

The Absa McQueen Medal golf tournament stands as a testament to the enduring partnership between Absa Bank Seychelles and the golfing community.

With their unwavering support since 1975, the bank has helped nurture and grow this remarkable sporting event into the highly anticipated tournament it is today.

As the Absa McQueen Medal golf tournament concluded another successful year, golfers and spectators alike were left in awe of the exceptional talent on display. The tournament served as a platform for golfers to showcase their skills, compete at the highest level, and etch their names into the annals of Seychellois golfing history. With Absa Bank Seychelles' continued support, the tournament's legacy is set to endure for generations to come.



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