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Elaine's treble bid

Elaine Clarke at the 2008 Finals
Daily Mail
16 Jun 2009

ELAINE CLARK is closing on a third appearance in the last four finals weeks at the Daily Mail Foursomes. And the Manchester golfer and partner Karen Clayton sent out a warning to their rivals by winning the Northern Foursomes title at Formby Ladies earlier this season.

Elaine, who won the Daily Mail title with Kelly Tidy at Marriott Dalmahoy in 2006, also made last year's finals week at the Scottish venue when partnered by Karen. The pair went out on the first day of the two-day showpiece then, but they have shown some good form in this year's tournament to reach the fourth round. After easing through the first round 3&2 at New North Manchester, they beat Blackley's Bernadette Kilcommons and Jean Meehan 2&1 and Todmorden's Irene Muldowney and Gill Neely 4&3 on their home course.

The Manchester pair have also shown their pedigree with the Northern Foursomes success, when they triumped in six matchplay rounds over three days on Merseyside. Elaine, 43 on June 30, is sure the pair's success in the two foursomes competitions is no coincidence. She said: 'I think, as far as I am concerned, I am quite a steady and do not get into too much trouble - and that certainly helps in foursomes. 'Karen is enjoying it now more than she did. It is quite a tricky format if you are not quite confident with your game because you are not playing as many shots as normal.'

Now Elaine is hoping her and Karen's Daily Mail Foursomes experience can take them all the way to finals week at the Marriott Forest of Arden in October. She said: 'Having played in it before, it probably does help. I do not think there is any added pressure (being a previous winner). We just go out and play and enjoy it. 'If something good comes at the end of it, then that's great.'

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