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Finals 2019 Preview


Daily Mail
06 Oct 2019

STRANRAER’S Katie Wright is chasing an amazing grand slam when she and partner Jackie Hart tee it up today for the second consecutive year at the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes.
Wright has had an incredible few months triumphing in the Wigtownshire Ladies Championship, Galloway Ladies County Championship, South West of Scotland Ladies Championship as well as being crowned club champion for the seventh time.
Now the 23-year-old has her sights firmly set on winning the biggest amateur golf competition in the world at the challenging Slaley Hall.
Just 16 women’s and men’s teams have made it to the finals at the celebrated Northumberland course from an initial entry of more than 3,000 pairs from across England, Scotland and Wales.
And for Wright and Hart it gives them a chance to improve on last year when they also qualified before being knocked out in the last 16.
The determined Scottish duo have battled their way through seven tough knock-out rounds to clinch an immediate return to the showdown and Hart, 54 said: ‘We know what it’s all about this time. We would love to come back with the trophy. We’re focused on winning it, but to get here is a great achievement.
She added: ‘We’re fantastic friends, with a great age difference, who can say to one another get your act together without anyone taking offence.’
Wright, a plus one golfer, admitted: ‘Nothing phases me. I just get on with it. This tournament means a lot to us. We had the notion of play hard and try and get through again. The aim is to get past the first match.’
Also making a second appearance in the finals are former England cricket internationals Janet Tedstone and Linda Burnley from Yorkshire club Willow Valley, who reached the semi-final nine years ago.
Among those aiming to be crowned champions are two family duos - Northumberland father and son Rod and Joe Henderson from Alnwick Castle, plus brothers Matthew Dann and James Tiltman from Sedlescombe in Sussex.
Dann said: ‘Foursomes is a tough format. Fortunately we get on well and we’re both calm. We’ve been practising a lot and done a bit of research on the course. We’re both very competitive. It will be a great experience regardless, but winning is on our mind.’
The round of 16 and quarter-finals take place today on the championship Hunting course, which has staged European Tour events along with the PGA seniors, with the victors going on to the semi-finals and finals tomorrow.
It is the first time the dramatic finale is at Slaley Hall and Head of Golf Jonny Mould said: ‘It is a real privilege to be hosting the finals and we are all very excited to welcome everyone. I have a lot of respect for the golfers who make it this far. By the time they get here they are already winners.
‘They are now going to need to dig in to that reserve bank for the endurance and stamina to keep themselves going mentally and physically. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best.’
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FINALISTS

MEN
Aberystwyth
Alnwick Castle
Alsager
Barnard Castle
Bridge of Allan
Buckingham
Gosport & Stokes Bay
Headingley
Inverallochy
Lincoln
Merchants of Edinburgh
Parkstone
Ramsey
Sedlescombe
St Annes Old Links
Sudbury

WOMEN
Cranleigh
Denton
Dinsdale
Hayston
Isle of Purbeck
Kelso
Kirriemuir
Leven Golfing Society
Playgolf Colchester
Redditch
Stranraer
Strawberry Hill
Sunningdale
Warrington
Whittlebury Park
Willow Valley

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