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Final step for pals

Daily Mail
21 Aug 2018

HENDON’S James Ellis and Jordan Foster are on the brink of reaching the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes after a late flurry of birdies saw the best friends storm into the last 32, writes Cara Sloman.
The Middlesex duo had the home advantage, but were trailing one down after seven holes, before reeling off five birdies over the next seven to beat Stephen Goddard and Colin Matthews from Bedford & County, 5&4.
‘The match flipped on its head. We went from being in a bit of trouble, to them falling apart,’ said Ellis, 27, who like Foster, 25, joined the club as a junior.
‘We’re best mates outside of golf, so if one of us hits a bad shot, the other one just laughs at them, rather than getting annoyed.
‘We’ve both hit great shots and terrible shots. There’s nothing we haven’t seen each other do,’ added Ellis, a past winner of the Middlesex order of merit and last year’s county captain.
The pair are the lowest handicap side left in the tournament, with Foster, off plus one and Ellis, a scratch golfer.
Between them they have won the club championship seven times and have a wealth of experience of competing in major amateur competitions, including the English Amateur and Open qualifying.
They are now just one win away from a spot in the October showpiece at Marriott St Pierre, with a home tie against David Lawrence and Richard Fenn from Henley standing in their way.
Ellis said: ‘We’ll treat it like any other round. We’ll be giving nine or ten shots, so we’ll have to play well. This is a rare handicap event that we enter. It’s nice to get deep into the competition.
‘We would like to get to the finals, as anything can happen there. We’ve played in some big events between us and we fancy our chances to hold our nerve and play well.’
The last 16 men’s and 16 women’s pairs must win four matches over two days on the Chepstow championship course if they are to lift the coveted trophies in the world’s largest golf competition.

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