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Quarter Finals 2019 report

Daily Mail
07 Oct 2019

IT HAS BEEN 31 years since Janice Kerr last made it to the Daily Mail Foursomes grand finals and now she has gone one better, racing into today’s semi-finals with Redditch club-mate Vivienne Cranton, writes Cara Sloman.
The Worcestershire pair got off to the perfect start at Slaley Hall in the world’s biggest amateur golf tournament. They beat former Derbyshire county champion Francesca Bougen, who is now going to turn professional and Edith Rooney from Denton 4&3 in the last 16, before fighting back from two down to knock out Warrington’s Fiona Davies and Liz Faulkner 7&6 in the quarter-finals.
This is the first time the 57 year old has competed in the competition since she was 26 when she teamed up with her mum, Margaret.
‘For me this is just really, really special. It’s got to be the best pairs competition in the country,’ said Kerr. Adding: ‘We don’t play enough foursomes. It is a very difficult game and it just brings out the best in you. We’re very proud.’
The duo have known one another for over 30 years and stopped golf to concentrate on work and their children. Now they are back playing and Cranton said: ‘We’re just enjoying our golf and encourage each other. We’re excited. It is very special for amateur golfers to have this kind of experience.’
This record run has reminded Kerr of some cherished moments. The 12 handicapper said: ‘My mum passed away before Christmas. It has brought back some nice memories of a good time with her. I’ve been showing my 23 year old daughter Ellie the programme and newspaper from last time. It was lovely to look and think we’re doing this again.’
The joys of a handicap competition is that the higher handicappers can compete alongside more accomplished players and cause some upsets. Kirriemuir’s Irene Park and Audrey Aiken did just that when they beat Scottish rivals Katie Wright and Jackie Hart from Stranraer at the second extra hole in a tense sudden-death decider for a place in the semi-finals, taking full advantage of their 19 shots.
The shocked pair stopped Wright, off plus one, from having the chance to add another title to her successful season, which had seen her triumph in the Wigtownshire Ladies Championship, Galloway Ladies County Championship, South West of Scotland Ladies Championship and be crowned club champion for the seventh time.
Aiken praised her partner after she chipped out of the bunker to the pin on the final extra hole on the championship Hunting course. She said: ‘That was a fantastic shot. We never expected this. I feel a bit emotional.’
Meanwhile in the men’s competition Inverallochy’s Marc Palmer and Michael Alexander continue their determined charge to lift the coveted trophy having never been behind in any of their nine knock out matches. They beat brothers Matthew Dann and James Tiltman from Sedlescombe 3&1 to clinch their place in the semi-finals.

Daniel Jeffries and Nick Avery from Sudbury sent out a statement of intent when they beat Ramsey's Ollie Wright and Craig Thorburn 2&1 to go through to the final day. Ramsey had been one of the favourites after they knocked out last year's champions Cosby earlier this year.
Over 3,100 pairs set out on their quest in the Daily Mail Foursomes back in February, now just four men’s and four women’s teams are left.

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