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Daily Mail
14 Oct 2013

HENRY V kept the Crown Jewels in the manor house at St Pierre for safe keeping before the Battle of Agincourt during a previous October almost 600 years ago.
Now that 14th century manor house forms part of a luxury hotel at the Chepstow venue and the battles are confined to the property's two adjoining golf courses.
And this week the glittering prizes which are centre of attention are the two trophies up for grabs in the finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes.
Sixteen pairs of men and 16 pairs of women have fought their way through to Marriott St Pierre to contest the spoils from an initial entry of over 3,000 clubs. Having already negotiated seven rounds, they will have to win four more matches over the next two days if they are to lift either the men's or women's trophy.
The last men and women standing this year include a host of combatants who have distinguished themselves in other fields.
Suzanne Horner, 50, who will represent Wakefield along with Diane Milner, is a former world squash No 2 who counts the US Open among her triumphs, while Lyn Baimbridge, 63, who will play for Sundridge Park with Christine Edgar, represented England at squash and netball, and also played women's cricket for Kent.
Meanwhile, Sue Buckett, 69, is a former goalkeeper for Southampton's and England's women football team. She will take to the course this week with fellow Royal Winchester golfer Marilyn Monger.
However, the class acts among the finalists in a golfing sense are probably two players from the men's draw. Chris Drabble and Dan Housley, who play for Horsley Lodge, have both represented Derbyshire - Chris has done so for 15 years and, after a stint as second-team captain, is due to skipper the first team next year.
But their seventh-round match, when they were taken to the first extra hole by brothers John and Craig Jennings before triumphing, again highlighted the fact that the handicap system allows anyone to win the Daily Mail Foursomes.
Five former Ryder Cup captains - Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher, Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam - have won the British Masters on the old course while a sixth, Jose Maria Olazabal won the Grand Prix of Europe over the same lay-out, and it will be whoever rises best to the challenge today and tomorrow who will be crowned kings - and queens - of St Pierre this week.

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