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Classy Waters chasing title surge


Daily Mail
25 Jul 2017

FORMER Cumbria golf champion Greg Waters took another step closer to returning to the finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes after storming into the sixth round, writes Cara Sloman.
It has been 11 years since Waters, 53, reached the closing stages of the world’s largest golf tournament with Carlisle, where he just missed out on reaching the quarter-finals.
Once again he is on the charge for the club and is two wins away from making a place in this year's showpiece finale held at Marriott St Pierre in October.
He has a new partner Tony Armstrong and the duo looked invincible with three birdies en route to wrapping up a 4&2 win over Alan Cathro and James Doyle at Dumfries & County.
‘To go away and win anywhere is always a good result,’ he said. ‘For anybody who has got this far the finals are the goal. Having been there before you realise just what a good prize it is.’
At his peak Waters, off one, was one of Cumbria’s top players winning the county championship three times. He also made 100 appearances for the county and earned a place in the Open Championship final qualifier at Southport & Ainsdale twice.
His late father, footballer Paddy, was a keen golfer who played for Preston North End alongside Sir Tom Finney before making 261 appearances with Carlisle United in the Fifties. He introduced his son to the sport and even caddied for him on occasions.
Waters’ son, Kieran, 23, is following in his father’s footsteps. He is the current county champion, clinching the title for a second time. ‘He’s a better player than I was, I feel,’ said Waters, who still enjoys competing although he retired from county golf in 2007. ‘It’s not as intense now. Hopefully a little bit of experience helps a bit too,’ he added.
Despite his previous success, Waters is not taking anything for granted in the Daily Mail Foursomes. He stressed: ‘It’s a goal obviously to reach the finals, but you can only take each round at a time. It depends on the draw and who you play against. We’ll see what we come up against.’

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