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It's a generation game for James and Topping


Daily Mail
07 Aug 2018

CHARLOTTE TOPPING was full of praise for her inspirational grandmother Brenda James after the pair from Mannings Heath earned an unexpected place in the last 32 of The Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Cara Sloman.
The shocked West Sussex duo cannot believe they are now just one match away from clinching a place in the October grand finals at Marriott St Pierre in Chepstow following their sixth round 3&2 triumph at Woodcote Park over Linda Cooke and Mary Wiseman.
Club champion Topping, 27, who closed out the victory by knocking in a six-foot putt is thrilled to have gone so far in the world’s largest golf tournament with her 83-year-old grandmother and said: ‘She is a most amazing woman. It’s so lovely I’m able to have these memories with her. I’ll take them with me for life. It’s just the most amazing experience.
‘For Nan to do what she does, I’m overjoyed for her. She has so much fight and so much fun with it. We’re so shocked we’ve got so far. It’s very surreal.’
Earlier in the competition gutsy James, off 21, battled through their fourth round home match against Hever Castle with an injured shoulder and neck after a fall and in the next round at Cranleigh, she sunk the winning putt for a birdie on the 17th. ‘She’s an absolute demon,’ stressed Topping, who believes making this a family affair is the secret of their success.
The nine handicapper said: ‘Foursomes is quite a harsh sport, but because we are family we have a great laugh. Golf has brought me so close to my nan. She always goes “Charlotte all I’ve got to do is put the ball on the fairway and you’ll put it on the green. I’ve got to do nothing.”’
The pair have always had a special relationship. When Topping was nine, she would go on holiday with James and drive the golf buggy, but this is the only competition they have played in together.
Topping would love their winning run to continue. She admitted: ‘I don’t mind losing, but I would just be gutted for this to come to the end. I don’t want it to be finished. Even if we go out, we’ll be so proud. This has been precious.’

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