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Seven hole sudden death win for Alresford

Daily Mail
04 Apr 2017

ALRESFORD enjoyed a dramatic winning start to this year’s Daily Mail Foursomes with a seven-hole sudden-death victory in the world’s largest golf competition, writes Cara Sloman.
In one of the stand out matches of the first round Tim Wootton-Beard and Len Lochrie were the eventual play-off masters, knocking out Hampshire rivals Hockley.
The pair snatched victory with a par when Alan Boucher and Mark Diaper found themselves in trouble in the trees at the 25th. This result was just one hole short of equalling the tournament play-off record.
‘I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m not sure I want too many more rounds like that. It kept on going and going,’ said Wootton-Beard, who will not forget his tournament debut.
‘It was a little bit scrappy for the main 18 holes but then everyone started playing well for the extra holes. Anyone could have won that game.’
Wootton-Beard and Lochrie qualified for the tournament after they won the club’s foursomes last year, which was the first time they had played together. ‘We get on well. Len’s very calm and a good influence on me. I’m probably the fiery one,’ said Wootton-Beard.
‘We thought we might have lost a couple of times, but we managed to hole putts and then we thought we might win and they managed to hole putts. We were very pleased in the end to get over the line.’
The Daily Mail Foursomes is one of the greatest amateur tournaments in the world. More than 190,000 players are involved in their club qualifying competitions each year and more than 3000 teams were included in the first-round draw.
This year’s finals will take place at Marriott St Pierre, which has hosted the Solheim Cup and British Masters, in Chepstow, South Wales.

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