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Party over for Paddison

Daily Mail
19 May 2009

GRAHAM WALKER helped to end Andrew Paddison’s incredible adventure in the Daily Mail Foursomes, then paid tribute to his extraordinary opponent. Andrew, a 46-year-old victim of the Thalidomide drug, was the toast of Llanymynech when he and Bob Hardy won the qualifying competition to represent the Welsh club in this year’s Daily Mail Foursomes - his first ever success at the club.

Surprise turned to disbelief when the pair won their first-round match against Welshpool’s Dai Richards and Ian Snow at the 19th hole. But their amazing run was brought to an end in the second round at St Giles, where the home club’s Graham Walker and Steven Peter completed a 2&1 victory.

Graham, 45, said: ‘It was amazing to watch him. He is quite short and his hands do seem the wrong way round. He can only hit it about 150 yards, but he swings the club well and he is a good putter. ‘He has a good attitude. When you see more able-bodied people moaning, they could learn a lot from him.

‘His partner was a steady player and made up a lot of the distance. We only beat them 2&1 on our own course, and I’m sure it would have been much closer on their course.’

In fact, another shock looked on the cards when the visitors from Llanymynech birdied the first and fifth holes to be one up after 13. But Graham and Steven, 28, won three of the next fours holes to go through.

Now club champion Graham, who was part of the St Giles team who won the Welsh Golf Union’s mixed foursomes event last year, is confident of going all the way to finals week at the Marriott Forest of Arden. ‘I think we have a good chance,’ he said. ‘We know how to play foursomes.’

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