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Little Hay's Champion Start

Daily Mail
15 Apr 2014

THE planet’s elite golfers have already left Augusta down Magnolia Lane, but thousands of Britain’s amateur players have only just set out on the long road to find the masters of the largest tournament in the world.
Over 3,000 players won through to the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes from an estimated entry of 200,000 from the various clubs’s qualifying competitions. That makes the event without rivals in the golfing world when it comes to the number of entrants.
Over 1,600 players set out in the women’s event, and three of the last seven winning pairings have already won through the first round.
Reigning champions Linda Reeve and Elaine Meagher, from the Little Hay club in Hertfordshire, bucked the trend of trophy holders losing in the following year’s first round when they beat Penny Welton and Karen Young, from Chartridge Park, 4&3 in their opening game.
The pairing they replaced as champions - mother and daughter Hilja and Liana O’Sullivan, from Stocksbridge and District in South Yorkshire - have already gone one better than last year, having toppled Audrey Lee and Ann Crawshaw, from Wortley, 3&2 in their first-round game.
Meanwhile, 2007 champions Lesley Diamond and Moira Sleeman, from the Sandy Lodge club in Middlesex, are up and running again, having convincingly beaten Arkley’s Pamela Parsons and Denise Slade 6&4 in the first round.
However, they all have another six rounds to get through if they are to make finals week, which this year returns to Marriott Dalmahoy in October.
The last time the finals were held at the Edinburgh venue, in 2011, Angela Paton and Kay Dalton, from the Three Rivers club near Chelmsford, walked off with the women’s trophy.
The Essex club are represented this year by Jan Tindale and Christine Mansfield, and they are on their way in their bid to repeat their clubmates’ feat after beating Burnham-on-Crouch’s Sue Evans and Lianne Egan at the first extra hole in their opening clash.
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