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Daily Mail
06 Oct 2017

FORMER Oxford United footballer Steve Jenkins will be battling for top honours with Studley Wood clubmate Will Clark, when the Daily Mail Foursomes finals starts today.
The 51 year old, who has qualified for the showdown at the Marriott St Pierre alongside some of the country’s best club golfers, was a centre-forward during the golden era at the club in the Eighties. 
He was there when manager Jim Smith guided the side from the third division to the top flight of English football and admits he was in awe of star players like John Aldridge and then Dean Saunders.
He joked: ‘It was good to be there at that time, but not so good for my footballing career.’
He went on to play in Sweden, at Limerick and for Cheltenham Town in the Conference before coaching football in America.
The four handicapper will draw on his big game experience during the finals. He said: ‘It does help mentally. When I used to play against a centre half, no matter how good a game he had or how hard he played you never used to let them know.
‘It is the same in golf. If you lose a hole you try not to let the opponent know if he’s hurt you or not. You try to calm it down.’
There are just 16 men’s and women’s teams left. They have made it through seven knockout rounds for the chance to capture one of the most prestigious trophies in the amateur game.
They will play the round of 16 and quarter-finals today, then the semi-finals and finals tomorrow at the Chepstow venue which has hosted the British Masters, the Curtis Cup and the Solheim Cup.
Jenkins, who after retiring from football was a greenkeeper at The Oxfordshire and is now a publican added: ‘When you put it into figures, 150,000 golfers start off in this and you’re in the last 16. It’s a massive achievement just to get this far.’
Honiton, could create history as both their men and women are still in the hunt for silverware and no club has ever won both titles in the same year.
Former British Stroke play champion Karen Sykes and Kathy Langham from Worthing look strong contenders as they aim to go one better than 11 years ago when they finished runners-up.

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