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Last sixteen gather at Marriott St Pierre


Daily Mail
16 Oct 2016

SIR NICK FALDO would no doubt recognise the fighting qualities of the golfers who gathered yesterday (Sunday) at Marriott St Pierre for the Daily Mail Foursomes’ finals week.

None more so than Judith Moore and Carol Pomroy, who are representing Faldo’s home-town club of Welwyn Garden City.

The Hertfordshire golfers looked on the way out in just the fourth round as they trailed Mid-Herts’ Jane Middleton and Jane Bennett by three holes with three to play. But Judith, 53, holed a 30-foot putt to win the 16th, and further wins at the 17th and 18th took them into extra holes. They finally sealed victory at the 20th.

That came after the Welwyn Garden City pairing had fought all the way to the 21st hole at Essendon to beat the home club’s Sally Smyth and Deborah Logue in the first round.

It should be quite a battle if they come up against West Kilbride’s Catherine Garrett and Helen Cattanach, who showed their never-say-die qualities when trailing by five holes at the ninth at Milngavie in the sixth round. They won seven of the remaining holes to beat the home club’s Carol Whyte and Tracy Masterton by two holes on the final green.

Not that such staying power is restricted to the women at finals week.
Manor of Groves’ Philip Fitch and Gary Chapman won the last three holes just to get through their first-round match, having been two down with three to play against Epping’s Peter Nicholas and Nick Rose.

Then they won the last two holes against Nazeing’s Steve Hodges and Wayne Bacon to come from two down with two to play in the third round, going on to win at the 20th hole.

Pyecombe’s Matt Harper and Andy Barnes looked on their way out in the fourth round at East Brighton having lost their ball off the 15th tee when trailing the home club’s Dale Sutton and Justin Maynard. But they managed a miraculous par five, despite taking three off the tee, to win the hole, and they went on to close out an unlikely victory at the first extra hole.

So there could be some more battle royals at Marriott St Pierre, which has seen more of its fair share already after hosting the Solheim Cup, the Curtis Cup and European Tour events such as the British Masters.

The round of 16 and quarter-finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes will be played at the Chepstow venue today (Monday) while the semi-finals and finals of both the men’s and women’s tournaments take place tomorrow (Tuesday).

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