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Ferry can't take referee for a ride


Daily Mail
06 Sep 2010

FINALS referee Paul Stewart has warned the ladies of Felixstowe Ferry not to expect any favours after qualifying for the Marriott St Pierre showpiece.
Ann Maskell and Anna Fairs, from the Suffolk club, reached the last 16 with a seventh-round success over Nazeing's Una Amico and Sally Marshall in the seventh round.
Paul, 56, was a member at Felixstowe Ferry for 23 years before moving to Devon a little over a year ago. 'I was the nerdy one who always knew the rules,' he said.
So his erstwhile fellow members should know exactly what to expect when they play at the Chepstow showpiece in October.
'They won't be getting any favours from me,' Paul said with a smile. 'I have always been a stickler for the rules. You could say I was obsessed by the rules of golf.
'I would always call a foul on myself, so I have no problem making a ruling against anyone else.'
Paul has refereed the foursomes finals for 17 years without having to referee a Felixstowe Ferry pairing. He came close last year when Sally Green and Ceinwen Hall reached the seventh round. However, they were beaten 5&4 by Bushey Hall's Emma Goss and Teresa Jordan, who went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Ann and Anna have already gone one better than their clubmates this year after reaching finals week with a win at the 20th hole of their seventh-round match.
The game was a marathon in more ways than one. The pair endured the 84-mile trip to Nazeing in Essex before being taken to the second extra hole.
That was in stark contrast to their games in the three previous rounds, two of which they won on the 13th green while the other one was closed out just one hole later.

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