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Quarter Finals report

Daily Mail
18 Oct 2016

IAN HAWKER and Ken Meister will look to lift their second trophy in three days after reaching the semi-finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes at Marriott St Pierre.

Ian, 54, and Ken, 56, were part of the seven-man Oak Park team which won the Hampshire county sevens on Sunday.

That meant the golfers from the Crondall club were unable to fit in a practice round for the foursomes.

But it didn’t seem to matter as they beat Worsley’s Mike Howell and Jonny May 3&2 in the morning’s last 16 before accounting for Prestbury’s Matthew Sorrigan and Garry Titchen 3&1 in the afternoon quarter-finals.

They face a huge battle, however, in the morning’s semi-final against the Glamorganshire’s Martin Price and Brian Rigby.

A little local knowledge has gone a long way for Martin and Brian, whose home club is just a 45-minute drive from Marriott St Pierre.
They have played the old course numerous times over the years and used what they had gleaned well to beat Caird Park father and son Martin and Callum Boag 7&5 in the last 16 and Airdrie’s Alastair Robertson and William Stevenson 6&4 in the quarter-finals.

Manor of Groves’ Philip Fitch and Gary Chapman, who had come back from two down with three to play in the first round and two down with two to play in the third, produced another act of escapology from three down after 11 to beat Rothley Park father and son Rob and Tom Morgan in Monday’s last 16.

They went on to beat Market Drayton’s Tim Dovey and Mark Reilly 2&1 in the quarter-finals.

In the women’s quarter-finals, West Kilbride’s Catherine Garrett again showed her sporting prowess as she partnered Helen Cattanach to a thumping 6&5 victory over Cumbria player Rosie Waller and her Kendal partner Susan Howell.

Catherine represented Scotland at badminton for over 20 years and was chosen as a Queen’s baton carrier before the 2016 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow for her long service in the PE department at Largs Academy.

Bromborough’s Deirdre Watson, 71, and Janet McGowan, 68, showed they still have what it takes with a 1up victory over Crane Valley’s Heather Burrage and Susan Anderton.

Janet had sunk a 40-foot putt at the last to beat Perranporth’s Nikki Hodge and Jan Sargent 2up in the last 16.

The Bromborough ladies then threw away a five-hole lead after 10 holes in their quarter-final before again winning the final hole to go through..

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