Burnley golfer Ian closing in on trip of a lifetime after qualifying for UK finals

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An amateur golfer from Burnley is just one step away from an expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to Morocco after qualifying for the UK regional final of the 2016 Morocco Matchplay, powered by HowDidiDo.

Ian Whalley, who plays at Burnley Golf Club, will attempt to finish in the top two at the Morocco Matchplay northern regional singles final, at Slaley Hall, Hexham, on Monday and Tuesday, to earn a place in February’s grand final to be played in Marrakech.

In total, 32 golfers from two regional finals - the other is in Devon - will enjoy complimentary return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech, courtesy of the event’s partner British Airways; five nights’ luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation; four rounds of championship golf; a welcome cocktail reception; and a last-night gala dinner and prize presentation.

Four competitions culminate at the grand final, sponsored for a second year by the Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO): singles, pairs, mixed pairs and senior pairs.