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Semi Finals and Finals Match Report


Daily Mail
19 Oct 2010

DOROTHY LARMOUR sparked a double family celebration last night after winning the Daily Mail Foursomes at Marriott St Pierre – the day after her son announced his engagement.
Dorothy and partner Isabelle Slater, from the Sandiway club in Cheshire, pulled off an emphatic 5&4 final victory over Raglan Parc's Denise Hill and Nic Matthews after coming from three down with eight holes to play in the morning semi-final to beat Dunkeld & Birnam's mother and daughter Carol and Gwen Lambie by one hole.
Dorothy said: 'We texted our son, Dougie, on Monday with the news that we were in the semi-final, which we thought was spectacular in itself, and he texted back to say, “What a day. We have just got engaged”.'
Dougie, 35, popped the question to his fiance, Emma, in Paris, and Dorothy was as high as the Eiffel Tower last night.
She said: 'I can't believe it all. Wow!'
Denise, 37, a former Wales and Monmouthshire player, was a member of Marriott St Pierre for six years and represented the club at the Mail on Sunday Classic finals in Portugal.
But the 61-year-old Scots from Sandiway, in Cheshire, never looked back after birdieing the third hole to go two up and stretched their lead further on the back nine.
Firemen Stuart Pinder and Lee Chape lifted the men's trophy after a tense struggle against Mid-Kent uncle and nephew Barry and Darren Smith.
But at least Darren fared better than twin Damien when he reached finals week two years ago at Marriott Dalmahoy.
Darren, 32, actually caddied for Damien when the elder twin, by 20 minutes, and father Clive Higgs failed to make the last four at the Edinburgh venue. The roles were reversed this year as Damien carried the bag for Darren.
But Stuart and Lee roared into an emphatic lead after winning the first four holes of the final. Alarm bells started to ring when Darren roled in a 20-foot putt to halve the fifth, and that sparked a Mid-Kent recovery as they won the next two holes.
A fine birdie three at the 15th took the Mid-Kent pairing to within one hole of their opponents, but the 35-year-olds from Boldon took advantage of their shot to win the 16th and they sealed the silverware at the 17th.
The firefighters from the north-east had earlier extinguished Willow Valley's hopes of a unique double triumph in the men's and women's competition with a 4&2 semi-final victory over John Reddy and Tom Branker, and former England cricket internationals Janet Tedstone and Linda Burnley were out less than an hour later, beaten by two holes by Raglan Parc.
Finals week returns to Marriott Dalmahoy next year, and for a time it seemed the men's trophy would be heading there a year earlier as Steven Lees and Gary Tillbrook made it to the last four. But they were beaten in the semi-final 3&2 by Mid-Kent.

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