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Bitter sweet for Sherry

Daily Mail
06 May 2014

STEVEN SHERRY was able to toast a cherished golfing achievement while drowning his sorrows after his second-round match in the Daily Mail Foursomes.
For while Steven was buying the drinks after pulling off his second hole in one, it was the opposition from Great Torrington who were celebrating a place in the next round.
Steven, 59, used a seven iron to hole his tee shot at the 176-yard ninth hole at Great Torrington.
‘The hole is downhill and you can’t quite see the bottom of the hole from the tee, so I didn’t know it was in,’ he said. ‘When I hit it, it was gun-barrel straight so we knew it was very close and as soon as the bottom of the hole came into view, there was only one place the ball could be.’
It was just the fillip Steven, who achieved his first hole in one at his home Royal North Devon course three years ago, and playing partner Bill Williams needed after a torrid first nine against the home side’s Steve Baker and Peter Andronik.
‘We were four down so I thought that could lead to a charge - and we did get it back to one,’ said Steven.
But it was not enough as Steven and Peter went on to close out a 2&1 victory. Now the Great Torrington pairing will hope to emulate the feat of clubmates Tony Gooch and Mark Hill. They lifted the men’s trophy when the finals were contested at Marriott Dalmahoy in 2008, and the climax of the competition will be played out again at the venue outside Edinburgh this October.
At least the traditional round of drinks for a hole in one didn’t cost Steven a fortune. ‘By the time we finished the clubhouse bar was shut,’ he said. ‘So I took my playing partner to the local pub. Our opponents had things to do so couldn’t join us.’

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