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Cottesmore battle weather to knock out 2016 champions


Daily Mail
27 Jun 2017

COTTESMORE’S Mark Waddell and Greg O’Connor have their eyes on the Daily Mail Foursomes trophy after battling gale force winds to knock out Champions Pyecombe in a sudden-death upset, writes Cara Sloman.
It seemed an improbable outcome for the visitors when they were three down with four to play, but they rallied to take the match against Gary Cager and Graham Farmer into overtime.
Waddell, off five, held his nerve at the first extra hole, sinking an uphill 10 foot putt for a par which sent the Sussex club into the fifth round where they face North Downs at home.
He said: ‘We got our act together. It was a real test. I’ve never played in weather like it. When the wind hit us the ball was going about 50 yards.
‘There were 50 to 60 mile per hour gales. You were actually aiming 60-70 yards right of the target to hit the green. It was hilarious.’
The winning duo are in no doubt what is at stake having seen the prestigious tournament trophy on display in Pyecombe’s club house. Waddell said: ‘It looks magnificent. Our opponents did actually say “That’s what you’re playing for”. They were gracious in defeat and wished us all the best.’
After taking this prized scalp the duo are now three matches away from a place in the October finals held at Marriott St Pierre.
Waddell added: ‘Me and my partner know we can play well together. When it clicks it’s very good. We know each other’s strengths. It’s a great competition to play in and we’re thoroughly enjoying it.’
They were not the only pairing to produce an unlikely turnaround. Cannock Park’s Matt Davis and Steve Meacham were three down with three to play at Perton Park, but mounted a spirited fight back, after shooting a birdie at the last to force a play-off.
They went onto win at the first extra hole after Chan Virk and Colin Greenaway found themselves in trouble when they lost their ball in heavy rough.
‘It was a hard fought win against a thoroughly solid Perton team. The course was in fantastic condition, made even better by beautiful weather,’ said Davis, whose next challenge is an away tie at Uttoxeter in the fifth round.

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