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Beaten Steve's Beacon of hope

Jo Shorrocks of Hamptworth
Daily Mail
20 Oct 2009

STEVE SIDNEY relinquished his chance of repeating his 1997 triumph in the Daily Mail Foursomes, then tipped his conquerors to lift the trophy today.

Steve and Matthew Doughty, from the Queens Park club in Bournemouth, were beaten 4&3 in yesterday's quarter-finals at the Marriott Forest of Arden by Beacon Park's Ian Donaldson and Stephen Smith after both pairs had been taken to the first extra hole in the morning's last 16. Steve, 45, said: 'Not only do I think they can win it but I think they will win it. They certainly have the game to do it.'

Ian has made it to the semi-finals 12 months after reaching the last 16 – a feat matched by Muckhart's Neil Hill and and Chris Cole as they edged out Colchester's Trevor Hooton and Kevin Brett on the 18th green in a nervy end to their quarter-final.

West Sussex Artisans' Mick Fisher and Martin Suter fought back from three holes down with four to play to beat Shirland's shell-shocked Dean Horner and Howard Marshall at the 19th hole.

Hamptworth's Jo Shorrocks and Sally Huffam put down a marker in the women's event as they emphatically beat Durham City's Louise Richardson and Sandra Maxwell 6&5 in the battle of the county stalwarts. Both Jo and Louise have years of experience playing for Wiltshire and Durham resoectively, while their partners play for their counties' veterans sides.

Longcliffe's Sarah Haslum and Gilly Higgins won five holes in a row to come from four down with four to play and beat Bushey Hall's Emma Goss and Teresa Jordan at the 19th.

Silloth-on-Solway's Margaret English, 60, was preparing to celebrate last night, despite going out in the last 16, after her daughter-in-law went into labour with Margaret's first grandchild. Margaret's labours on the golf course were less productive as Lynn Little and herself were beaten 3&1 by Wrotham Heath's Katharine Devenish and Anne-Marie Forrester, who went on to end the run of 72-year-old Ann Duncan in emphatic style in the quarter-finals, Ann and her Taymouth Castle partner Ruth Campbell going down 7&6.

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