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50 plus years and still going strong

Daily Mail
05 Apr 2016

THOUSANDS of amateur golfers have set out on a path well trodden over more than 50 years in the search for this year’s champions in the Daily Mail Foursomes.

The men’s trophy, won as long ago as 1964 by Preston’s Jeff Beswick and Tom Bitcliffe, and the women’s prize, claimed that year by Betty Joseph and Kathy McNeil, of Huyton and Prescot, are again being fought over by the traditional mix of leading amateur players and good, honest club members, past champions and perennial triers.

And the beauty of the Daily Mail Foursomes is that the handicap system means, however successful your golfing past, you are presented with a decent chance of picking up the ultimate prize.

Chris McGill, for example, is one of the amateur game’s leading lights when playing for Devon. But Chris and Simon Coleman, from the Warren club in Dawlish, were convincingly beaten 6&5 by Churston’s David Barrett and Martyn Vernon in the foursomes first round.

Moira Wilson won the women’s trophy as long ago as 1989 and is through to this year’s second round after the Seacroft golfer and clubmate Julie Keays beat Boston’s Ann Hodgson and Barbara Unwin 7&6 in the first round. But, despite years of trying, Moira, 67, has never been able to repeat her success of 27 years ago, although she reached the quarter-finals in 2012 and last 16 in 2005.

This year’s finals will be held at Marriott St Pierre in Chepstow, which hosted the British Masters for eight years as well as the Solheim Cup.

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