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Sunningdale ladies pair through to last 32

Daily Mail
30 Jul 2019

SUNNINGDALE’S Rachel Harrison and Louisa Tarn are proving to be hot shots on their debut in The Daily Mail Foursomes after racing into the last 32, writes Cara Sloman
The duo, who play at the prestigious Berkshire club which hosts next year’s Senior Open, have a combined handicap of just four, which means they are one of the lowest pairs in the world’s largest amateur golf tournament. In the last round they needed to give Jackie Edwards and Pam Tierney from Lambourne a shot a hole.
The home pair looked to have a fight on their hands when they found themselves all square after nine, but at the 13th they stamped their authority on the tie winning three consecutive holes on the New Course to secure a 4&3 victory. Tarn, off one, sank a birdie putt to close out the match after Harrison just missed a chance for an eagle at the par four 15th.
Harrison, off three, said: ‘It was neck and neck for a while. It can be quite painful giving so many shots, but you just have to ignore it and take each hole as it comes. You can only do some much and play the best you can each hole and hope it prevails.
‘When we started out I didn’t have any idea we would get this far. Louisa probably thought we would, but not me. We’re pleased we have made it this far. It is a very enjoyable competition.’
The clubmates are now on the brink of reaching the grand finals, with just one knock out round left before the final 16 women’s and men’s pairs will head to Slaley Hall in October to battle it out for the coveted trophies.
American Harrison, 45, who did consider becoming a professional golfer explained: ‘Foursomes was not a format I was exposed to until I moved over here. I have had to learn it and I always say I don’t apologise when I hit a bad shot because I didn’t intend to do it and I expect the same out my partner.
‘Louisa and I are used to getting one another in trouble and subsequently getting out of the trouble. It is the nature of the beast. I do enjoy foursomes, obviously it is more enjoyable when you win.’

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