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Abbie and Lottie hoping to give Ipswich a dream victory


Daily Mail
15 Oct 2018

IPSWICH’S Abbie Symonds and Lottie Whyman moved a step closer to their dream of winning The Daily Mail Foursomes by reaching the final day of this year’s tournament at Marriott St Pierre, writes Cara Sloman.
The pair, who both play for Suffolk and have the lowest combined handicap of five in the women’s competition got off to a perfect start on the South Wales championship course by beating Rugby’s Sue Jones and Debbie Harrad 4&3 in the last 16. They then won 4&2 over Sheelah Ayliffe and Helen Frankpitt from Bovey Tracey to reach the quarter finals where they face Sharon Steadman and Donna Callaghan Swann from Hooton Ladies.
'It’s within touching distance now,’ said Whyman, 23. While teammate Symonds, 21 added: ‘When you realise how many thousands enter this competition and to be down to the last four is amazing. It would mean everything if we could win. It would be cool to be the best woman foursomes partnership in the country’
Meanwhile Petersfield's Henry Holland and Ross Lobacz had to deal with some neverous mements to fulfil their goal of reaching the last four.
The pair beat Sene Valley's Andrew Franks and Wayne Mack 5&4 in the last 16 before a close contest against Brian Moulder and Richard Lamper from Stinchcombe Hill.
After being pegged back from five up after seven to all square Holland needed to sink a pressure putt from a foot and half to par the 17th to go one up.
‘I’ve never been in that position before. That was the most nerves I’ve ever had,’ he said.
The duo parred the last to win two up and now face Hurlston Hall’s Keith Ellis and Nick Lewis.
Lobacz said: ‘You don’t play an event like this often. In terms of nerves this is like our Ryder Cup. With people watching it is an adrenaline buzz.
'We could go to our home course tomorrow and it would be a breeze, but here you get a bit jelly-armed and the nerves start going. We’ve achieved what we’ve wanted to.
'Of course we would love to win, but anything further is a bonus. We’re happy to be still in the competition. We’ve got nothing to lose.’
Former runners up Luke Burrows and Matthew Peyton from Cosby continued their quest to lift the trophy by winning through to face Letchworth’s Daniel Ellis Banbury and Colin Pearce in the semi-finals.
But there was disappointment for fellow 2015 finalists Leigh Gawley and Rees Brown from Hornsea, who went out to Vale of Llangollen’s Chris Platt and Kingsley Evans one up in the last 16.

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