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The race is under way for 2015

Daily Mail
07 Apr 2015

AS the horse racing world gears up for the Grand National, thousands of the country’s amateur golfers are looking forward to the next stage of their own test of skill and endurance.
Over 3,000 pairs of men and women set out on the annual eight-month marathon to find two teams of champions in the Daily Mail Foursomes.
There are the horses for courses, like Moira Wilson, who won the women’s trophy as long ago as 1989 and reached the semi-finals as recently as 2012. Moira and Lindsey Bee, of the Seacroft club at Skegness, romped through this year’s first round with a 7&6 victory.
Then there are the thoroughbreds such as Catherine Roberts, who was the Lancashire ladies champion in 2012 and 2013, and Mark Gayes, the 2009 Midlands order of merit winner and a former Staffordshire amateur champion.
But, as both Catherine and Mark found out at their first hurdle, even the most fancied pairings can come unstuck at any time in this gruelling examination.
Catherine and Pleasington playing partner Nicola Robinson lost 6&5 to Shaw Hill’s Janice Pearson and Carol Painter in this year’s first round, while Mark and Matt Knott, of the Westwood club at Leek, were beaten 2&1 by Trentham’s Ben Ross and Tom Williams.
Now a cavalry charge of high-handicap outsiders will be looking to make their mark when the tournament gets down to the business end, at finals week at the Marriott Forest of Arden in October.
Every pairing must negotiate seven rounds to reach the showpiece, for the last 16 teams in both the men’s and women’s draw.
For more news, results and information about the Daily Mail Foursomes, visit www.mailgolf.co.uk

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