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West Kent knock-out Champion


Daily Mail
04 Aug 2009

TODD ADCOCK is working towards a big future in the game of golf after landing the English Amateur Championship last September. But his hopes of adding the Daily Mail Foursomes to his list of honours was ended this year by a player with a proud past in the competition.


Matt Hopkins made finals week as long ago as 1997 and has regularly featured in the tournament's knock-out stages for West Kent. Now he and Greg Rowe stand just two games away from another showpiece after beating Todd and David Blundell 3&2 at Todd's home course of Nevill. Matt, 31, said: 'It was quite a scalp for us and we were very pleased, especially as our last two games have been away from home. 'Todd is a fantastic player. He is long, straight and with a good short game. I have played with some good golfers in my time but he has the right attitude as well. He could not have been any friendlier, even after it was all done and dusted.'


The West Kent combination took an early three-hole lead in a good quality match, but three successive birdies from Todd and David brought it back to all square. The visitors edged in front again before Todd surprisingly put his tee shot at the par-three 15th into water, allowing Matt and Greg to close out the match at the following hole. Matt said: 'It was a rare mistake for Todd.


His partner said it was the first time he could remember seeing it.' Matt reached finals week with Dick Seaner at Royal Porthcawl in 1997, losing to eventual champions Steve Sidney and Nigel Knight, from Queen's Park in Dorset, and they have regularly represented West Kent since then. But Dick needed a knee operation in December, so Greg stepped up. Matt has represented Kent at boys, colts and first-team level as well as England Schoolboys, while fund manager Greg's stock has also risen as the 41-year-old's handicap has fallen to an all-time low of five.


Now they are hoping to go all the way to finals week at the Marriott Forest of Arden in October. Todd's reign as English Amateur Champion also ended at the weekend when he failed to make the knockout stages of this year's tournament, won by Hendon's Luke Goddard, at Rye.

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