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Almighty fight back wins it for Duddingston


Daily Mail
10 Oct 2017

DUDDINGSTON'S Dee Williams and Karen Ferguson-Snedden are the undisputed come-back champions of The Daily Mail Foursomes after making another determined fightback to snatch the women’s title, writes Cara Sloman. 
The Scottish pair trailed by four holes with just six to play against Worfield’s Sally Weaver and Paulette Morris, only to hang in there and turn the match around to finish one up on the championship Old Course at Marriott St Pierre. 
They accomplished a similar feat in the quarter-finals when they bounced back from five down with seven to play to win one up, knocking out Belton Woods and again in the semi-finals when they came back from three down to beat Ashleigh Wood and Lynne Perry from Morecambe 2&1.
‘It is not over until it’s over,' said Ferguson-Snedden, a former Midlothian champion of champions who needed to draw on all her county experience over the closing holes. She added: ‘Worfield were so steady and really good at putting, It was only the last couple of holes that they hit a few bad shots, before that we were struggling. It was not sparkling golf. I think we ground them down.’
With the pressure on and the match now level, Ferguson-Snedden thought they might have blown it when her tee shot at the last landed in the greenside bunker on the par three. She said: ‘I fancied us to win it. In my mind I was playing the hero shot over the bunker to nestle it up by the pin. Instead I totally duffed it.’
But with the tension rising Worfield also struggled to get the ball on the green and Duddingston went on to seal victory by winning the hole with a double bogey after Williams chipped to within a foot of the pin. 'There was some nice golf, just forget the last hole,' stressed Ferguson-Snedden.
The plucky Lothian club only have nine playing lady members this year, but that has not stopped them from winning the world's largest golf competition. Over 130,000 golfers are involved in their club qualifying competitions each year and more than 3000 teams were included in the first-round draw. 
Ferguson-Snedden said: ‘Everyone knows about The Daily Mail Foursomes. It’s amazing to win. I don’t think it will sink in for a few days. You don’t think people you know win things like this.’
A delighted Williams added: ‘I hit some duff shots out there. Karen is very forgiving and just told me to calm down. This means everything and playing with Karen, who has that quality is something else. What also helped and was special is that all the other teams came out to watch and support. It’s been brilliant.’
 

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