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Hole in one for Norman doesn't beat Harborne Church


Daily Mail
15 Oct 2013

ANDY PODMORE flew almost 2,000 miles especially to take his place in the finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes - then came up against an opponent on cloud nine as he holed in one.
Andy, 29, cut short a family holiday in the Canary Isles to tee it up at Marriott St Pierre yesterday, leaving wife Joanne to fly home alone.
Andy and Philip Young, from the Harborne Church club in the West Midlands, squeezed through their morning last 16 match against North Wiltshire’s Mark Roberts and Karl Hatala at the first extra hole before the ace early in their quarter-final.
Norman Guy, 59, holed his tee shot at the 167-yard third hole with a four-iron to give him and his partner, Paul Bartle, from the Regent Park club in Bolton, an early boost. It was perfect timing for the 12 handicapper’s first hole in one after 28 years playing.
However, it was not enough to ground Andy’s surreal adventure for long as the Harborne Church pair went on to win 2&1, despite being hauled back from five up with six holes to play.
Marriott, meanwhile, marked Norman’s feat by presenting him with a bottle of whisky.
Joanne has given Andy extra incentive to go on and win the trophy today. ‘She says if I don’t win, I’m out,’ he said.
Andy wasn’t the only finalist to go to extraordinary lengths to take their place at the Chepstow showpiece.
Senior citizen Sandra Dempsey teed it up despite breaking her ankle only four weeks ago while playing the unlucky-for-some 13th hole at her home Craigie Hill course in Perth, Scotland.
Sandra, 68, said: ‘My doctor said “must you” and I said “yes”. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was sore and I couldn’t do everything I wanted but it was all right.’
Sandra and Jillian Milne, 44, a Perth and Kinross county player who reached the foursomes semi-finals in 2004, managed to take Rochdale’s Lisa Duffy and Michelle Black to the 17th hole in the last 16 but finally went down 3&1.
Buckingham’s Geoff Robb, 61, tore a cartilage just 10 days before his last 16 match but he and partner Sam Newbould also got to the 17th before being beaten 2&1 by Moss Valley’s Leslie Waddell and Craig Goodwin.

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