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Mission accomplished for Cosby, 2018 Men's Champions

Daily Mail
16 Oct 2018

IT WAS mission accomplished for Luke Burrows and Matt Peyton of Cosby after they won the Daily Mail Foursomes, putting behind them the disappointment of a near-miss three years ago, writes Cara Sloman.
The Leicestershire pair were runners-up in 2015, beaten by Mendip, but they were at their unstoppable best, beating Keith Ellis and Nick Lewis from Hurlston Hall 4&3 to reign at Marriott St Pierre.
‘This was redemption for last time. We wanted to win it for the club and get the title back for the county,’ said Burrows, 26, who plays off plus two.
Teammate Peyton, 38, added: ‘I’m still shaking now. After getting so close, we didn’t know if we would get another chance. This is my best achievement. It’s a big honour and very special.’
The duo had the lowest combined handicap of one in the men’s competition, which meant they were giving 11 shots to their Lancashire opponents.
Earlier in the day Hurlston Hall took full advantage of their 10 shots in a drama-filled semi-final, clawing their way back from four down after 11 to beat Petersfield’s Ross Lobacz and Henry Holland.
It looked like they could produce another shock after going one up after five, but Cosby’s experience came to the fore, with a run of six pars.
County player Burrows said: ‘We needed to get it finished, as we didn’t want to go down the last three as we would be giving shots. This caps off my year.’
Among those watching the duel was Burrows’ father Martin, mother Tracey and his 87 year old grandad Maurice, who still plays three times a week.
Earlier in the day they had been supporting the couple when they beat Letchworth’s Daniel Ellis Banbury and Colin Pearce 5&4.
Hurlston Hall were shocked and delighted to finish up runners-up. Lewis, a 16 handicapper said: ‘What an experience. It was unbelievable to be in the final. We played against some cracking golfers and to be beaten by people like that is great.’
In the spirit of the competition, the losing semi-finalists were in the gallery cheering on the remaining two clubs and Petersfield’s Lobacz said: ‘You want to show your respect for both teams. It's been amazing.’
More than 120,000 golfers tried to qualify for the world’s largest golf competition and over 3,000 clubs took part, battling it out through 11 marathon rounds. Our winners are true champions.

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