An Introduction to The Twitface Open
The Twitface Open was formed, with the primary purpose of organising golf tournaments for the discerning amateur golfer.
The main source of marketing for the events is through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, hence the name of the tournament “The Twitface Open”.
Our founder, Graham Arnold has a history of working in the travel and hospitality industry for many years and has a passion for golf, in particular competitive golf at world class locations.
Graham states “I realised there was a shortage of really good quality tournaments for the amateur golfer at the best worldwide courses. Therefore the aim is to host such events, which give every player that Tour Pro Experience”.
2014 Twitface Open
The sun rose early and the first day of The XCM Twitface Open was blessed with fantastic weather. 64 players arrived at 8.30 to register, receive their goody bags and hit the range in anticipation of winning some of the great prizes on offer.
The Twitface Open was the dream of golf nut Graham Arnold who wanted to promote amateur tournaments at world class golf courses – giving his clients that tour pro experience. The idea is to market such events through Twitter & Facebook – hence the quirky title.
9.30am on Monday 10th November a firework was launched into the sky and the shotgun start applied. The photographer, Daniela Caballero, was busy clicking away and the video drone launched into the sky to provide wonderful aerial footage of the event, which was operated by Costa del Air.
Players of all levels, both male and female enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Finca Cortesin, home to 3 World Matchplay Championships and battled it out on the fairways and greens. With spot prizes up for grabs like; a hole in one prize of VIP Hospitality to The US Masters, rounds of golf at San Roque Old Course (courtesy of sponsors Jyske Bank), a complete re-grip of a set of clubs (courtesy of Pure Grips), balls, shirts, caps everyone was keen to do well.
There were two charity holes that were superbly marshalled by two members of The XCM Rock Ltd staff, both par 3’s where players could pay to try and “Beat the Pro”, who was Steph Westbrook, who had kindly flown over from England and given up her time for the cause and also buy extra attempts at the hole in one prize. The hard work of these ladies and the generosity and goodwill of the players raised a good sum for the 2 charities that The Twitface Series are associated with in 2014. One is the local animal rescue centre ADANA and the other the international “Doctors Without Borders” that have volunteer doctors going into war zones and offering their aid and expertise.
At the end of the first days play people gathered for a courtesy beer and talked about their rounds. Scoring was quite good considering the toughness of the course. The day was rounded off in the evening with XCM hosting a private party for their guests and Graham Arnold doing the same at Ryder’s Bar, Duquesa for the remainder where a buffet was laid on courtesy of My Serendipity (Monte Duquesa).
Everyone woke up for Day 2’s challenge only to be confronted with torrential rain. Players gathered at the course and after a patient wait and much deliberation play was abandoned for the day, due to the course being totally unplayable. Everyone was naturally disappointed but accepted the decision. Each player was given a voucher by the course to go back and play it on another day within the next year.
77 people gathered for the prize giving dinner at The Brasserie where auctions and raffles added to the amount raised for the charities, which in the end totalled €2,300!
The results from Day 1 determined the final outcome which produced the following winners:
Overall with 36 points: Chris Freeman – won a 4 ball at Finca Cortesin, a 4 ball at Valderrama and 4 player entry into The English Twitface Open next summer
The Ladies prize with 30 points: Lulu Pouroulis – won a Voice Caddy (GPS yardage system).
The divisional winners were: Ivan Rance, Gordon Short, Fredrik Miklin and the best scratch golfer in the tournament was Lee Bond.
Everybody was full of enthusiasm for the event and keen to come back next year and enquired about the English Twitface Open too.
The plan is to have a Twitface Pairs event in Spain in May or June, The English Twitface Open in the summer and negotiations are under way to have one in Scotland, Ireland, USA, Dubai and Portugal.
The Twitface Open Series is part of the Gibraltar based company Social Network Events Ltd and full details of tournaments coming up can be found on the website:
There is also YouTube footage of the event and prize giving on their channel
Graham Arnold wanted to point out that the success of the event was only possible due to the support and generosity of the sponsors and in particular XCM Rock Ltd and he will be forever grateful in making the inaugural Twitface Open such a huge success, despite the weather.
The 2015 Twitface Open is back at Finca Cortesin and players have already started booking for next year. Sponsorship opporunties are available too. To discuss these or to book a place at next years event go the
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to visit out tournament website: www.twitfaceopen.com for further information.