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Daily Mail
14 Oct 2018

FORMER finalists Cosby and Hornsea are determined to go all the way this time when The Daily Mail Foursomes grand finals tees off today at the famous Marriott St Pierre course in South Wales, writes Cara Sloman.
Luke Burrows and Matt Peyton from Cosby came frustratingly close, finishing runners up in 2015 to Mendip at the Marriott Forest of Arden, the same year that Hornsea’s Leigh Gawley and Rees Brown were knocked out in the last 16.
Remarkably, both pairs have battled their way back to this week’s showdown and now have a second chance to win one of amateur golf’s most prestigious prizes.
‘This is the big one. Hopefully we can go one better,’ said Leicestershire county player Burrows, who plays off plus two. ‘There was that little niggle in the back of the head and a bit of desperation of wanting to try again after coming so close on a course we knew well.’
This time only one of the duo, three handicapper Peyton, has played the Chepstow championship course, which has hosted the British Masters, the Curtis Cup and the Solheim Cup.
‘Matt will show me around and hopefully we can put in a good couple of days and bring back that trophy. We want to do it for the club and for Leicestershire,’ stressed Burrows.
Hornsea, from East Yorkshire, are also targeting a better result. Gawley said: ‘We knew what was at stake, so to get through again was fantastic. Rees is club captain this year, so that has made this even more special.
‘We would love to win it, but if we can get a bit further than last time that’s a bonus. At this stage they are all good golfers and it will be tough.’
It has been 25 years since Gillian Petrie’s previous appearance at the finals when she was a member at Ballater. This time she is representing North Yorkshire’s Bedale with teammate Pauline Morris.
Among the rookies, who qualified for the final are Mannings Heath’s club champion Charlotte Topping, 28, and her 81 year old grandmother Brenda James.
While one of the most experienced couples are Ipswich’s Abbie Symonds and Lottie Whyman, who both play for Suffolk and have the lowest combined handicap of five in the women’s competition.
There are just 16 men’s and women’s teams left from an original entry of over 3,000 pairs. The teams from all over England, Scotland and Wales have made it through seven knockout rounds.
They will play the round of 16 and quarter-finals today, then the semi-finals and finals tomorrow to decide the 2018 champions.

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