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Wonder chip saves North Hants

Daily Mail
02 May 2014

MARTYN GRIGGS and Ashley Sharpe launched their Daily Mail Foursomes campaign with one of the more unlikely victories in this year’s first round.
The pairing from the North Hants club never led their opponents, East Berkshire’s Richard Leroy and Mark Law, throughout their 18-hole clash. In fact, they needed a par to win the 18th and take their match into extra holes.
Even then they looked distinctly second favourites after the tee shots at the tricky par-three first hole at their club in Fleet.
But Martyn, 54, holed a Seve Ballesteros-style wonder chip for a birdie two to inch the North Hants pairing ahead for the first time and close out the game in the process.
Ashley, 53, said: ‘The first hole is a difficult 219-yard par three and I left Martyn short-sided behind a bunker. I said to my opponent, “He’s got no chance there”, but he played the most unbelievable chip.
‘Where I put my partner was an almost impossible position. The look of disbelief on everybody’s face was a sight to see.’
Over 1,400 men set out in the first round of this year’s foursomes, hoping to negotiate the seven matches necessary to claim one of the coveted 16 places at finals week.
This year’s finals will be held at Marriott Dalmohoy, outside Edinburgh, which last held the showpiece in 2011. Then Matthew Burge and Craig Birch, from Fulford Heath, lifted the men’s trophy.
This year the West Midlands club are represented by Andrew Osborne and Nigel Taylor, who breezed through their first-round match at Gay Hill 5&4.
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