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Sudbury Golf Club are Men's Champions 2019


Daily Mail
10 Oct 2019

SUDBURY’S Daniel Jeffries and Nick Avery hailed winning The Daily Mail Foursomes as their biggest achievement after they survived a late scare in a dramatic final, writes Cara Sloman.
The Middlesex duo looked unstoppable in the world’s largest amateur golf tournament when they went six up after nine on the testing championship Hunting course at Slaley Hall.
But plucky Justin Powell and Alan Griffiths from Alsager had other ideas and rallied to mount a spirited fight back just like they did in the semi-finals when the Cheshire clubmates recovered from being four down after eight holes to knock out Inverallochy’s Marc Palmer and Michael Alexander at the first extra play-off hole.
This time Alsager managed to peg back Sudbury’s lead to two up at the 16th, but finally succumbed at the next hole, losing 3&1 to the more experienced pair, whose combined handicap was just four.
‘It is such a big competition. Winning it is my biggest achievement,’ said Jeffries, off one and a former Middlesex county player. Adding: 'The club is going to be so proud and that was what the pressure was. They were all routing for us.
‘Everything was thrown at us. We were giving four shots around the turn and three at the end. They were always going to come back at us. When someone’s fighting it is not easy to keep them at bay, but the weather was kind and it was a good day for us. I loved it.’
Runners-up Alsager paid tribute to their wives Sue Powell and Cheryl Plant, who supported the pair throughout the two intense days of four matches by caddiying for them. Powell said: ’it was really good having them there. It keeps you going. Sue has been my rock.’
Earlier in the day Sudbury beat Paul Harding and Rhys Francis from Parkstone 3&1 in the semi-finals and Avery, off three admitted: ‘It will take a week for my heart beat to get back to normal. We wanted to win it for the club.
‘We started off our first match back in March by being two down with three to play. It’s been a heck of a incredible journey to get here. It’s given me an insight of what the professionals are under. It's the best thing we’ve done.’
More than 119,000 golfers tried to qualify for this competition and over 3,100 pairs took part, battling through a marathon 11 knock-out rounds. Our winners are true champions.
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