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Cowglen succeed after extra 3 holes


Daily Mail
24 May 2010

WILLIAM BALLINGALL and John Smith are finding out just how hard it can be to win matches in the Daily Mail Foursomes.
William and John became the first pair to win the two-ball trophy at Cowglen in the 87 years since James Braid designed the 18-hole Glasgow course.
The winners go on to represent the club in the Daily Mail Foursomes, but their first foray ended in defeat in the opening round last season.
They looked to be going out again in their first match this year when they found themselves three down at the turn at Renfrew, but they fought back to all square by the 17th and sealed a one-hole victory at the last.
If they thought that was tough, however, it was nothing compared to their third-round match, when they needed three extra holes before finally seeing off Andrew Miller and Ian MacDougall, from Windyhill.
William, 49, said: 'It was an excellent game and we were obviously pleased to walk away victorious.'
The Cowglen pair looked set for victory when two-up after 15 holes. But Ian holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th, while William missed a 41/2-footer to close out the game at the 17th.
William thought he had won it when he holed a 15-footer at the first extra hole. But Andrew followed him in from seven feet before Cowglen closed it out with a par two holes later.
Now the pair turn their attention to the start of their Cowglen title defence on Saturday in their pursuit of a hat-trick of two-ball trophy triumphs.
William added: 'It has never been done before... so no extra pressure there.'

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