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Horsley Lodge Men and Little Hay Women crowned 2013 Champions

Daily Mail
16 Oct 2013

DAN HOUSLEY and Chris Drabble showed their county class as they survived a late scare to win a dramatic men’s final at the Daily Mail Foursomes.
Two birdies and seven pars in the first 14 holes left the Derbyshire county players, from Horsley Lodge, four up with four to play at Marriott St Pierre.
But Leslie Waddell and Craig Goodwin, from the Moss Valley club in North Wales, won the next three holes to go to the signature 18th hole at the Chepstow venue just one down.
However, the Derbyshire boys in blue arrested the slide when Chris, 34, a 15-year county veteran who will captain the county’s first team next year, found the green at the 236-yard par three to close out a two-up victory.
Dan, 25, who has played for Derbyshire for two years, said: ‘That is the tops for me. The whole week has been amazing. You are just so tired because you are concentrating all week.’
Now Dan and Chris can look forward to free membership at their club next season as reward for their triumph.
The Horsley Lodge boys had looked the pairing to beat throughout the three-day showpiece. They didn’t drop a shot as they trounced Teign Valley father and son Charlie and Luke Yates 9&8 in the last 16 before another convincing victory in Monday’s quarter-final, 4&3 over Tim and Julian Jones, who were looking to put the name of Muswell Hill on the trophy for a second time.
They trailed early on in their semi-final yesterday against another father and son, Milnathort’s 72-year-old Donald Brown and son Iain, but roared back on the back nine to close out another 4&3 victory.
In fact, Dan, whose series of 300-yard drives and clutch putts made him the strong man of the pairing, blamed their late wobble in the final on their earlier emphatic successes. ‘It meant we just had not played the later holes and playing into the green on the 17th when you haven’t played it was just impossible.’
The Browns can feel proud about reaching the final day, having been knocked out in the first round in their only other venture into the competition.
Leslie Waddell had been hoping for a double celebration, having turned 40 on Sunday. The Wrexham golfer, who won the Denbighshire county championship in 2010, had been postponing the party until his interest in the foursomes was over, and a 2&1 victory over Buckingham’s Geoff Robb and Sam Newbould in the last 16 and an 8&6 triumph over Lockerbie’s Tony Rae and Graham Shaw in Monday’s quarter-final meant that would be postponed for another night.
A tense 2&1 victory over Harborne Church’s Philip Young and Andy Podmore followed in yesterday morning’s semi-final but the trophy just slipped from their reach.
Linda Reeve and Elaine Meagher struck a blow for the game’s lesser lights when they put the name of Hertfordshire pay and play course Little Hay on the women’s trophy.
Linda and Elaine, who edged into the final after a one-hole success over Kilmarnock Barassie’s Linda McDonald and Elizabeth Wilson, ran away with the final, beating Ely City’s Patricia Nixon and Elaine Bertram 5&4.
Linda, 55, said: ‘We are physically and mentally exhausted but absolutely chuffed to bits. It was so unexpected because we are a public course up against some of the better clubs, as you say in quote marks.’
The ladies of Sundridge Park had started the day looking to add the Daily Mail title to the Mail on Sunday Classic they won in El Rompido last November. But they were ousted 3&1 by the Ely women in the morning semi-final.

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