BENTON HALL’S Jackie Geller and Kay Linscott had to work hard for their spot in the third round of the Daily Mail Foursomes after finally winning a marathon seven extra-hole decider at Essex rivals Colchester, writes Cara Sloman.
It took over five and a half hours for the friends to finally squeeze out a victory over Janet Austin and Jenny Mitchell.
A relieved and exhausted Geller, who hit a crucial shot to the green at the 25th to ensure they triumphed, said: ‘We didn’t think we were ever going to finish. It was starting to get cold and a little bit dark.
‘It was neck and neck all the way round. It just kept on going and going. We thought we might have to get our torches out or come back another day.’
This tight contest was the longest match Geller had ever played and she admitted they were losing track of even which hole they were on.
She added, laughing: ‘By the time we got to the later holes, we were all thinking for goodness sake somebody win, so we can go in and have a cup of tea.’
Despite the testing match Geller added: ‘We are enjoying the competition. We do enhance each other's game quite a lot. Every time you play it is a challenge and you meet such lovely people along the way.’
This success sees the pair take another step closer to the October finals of the world’s largest amateur golf competition which this year will be held at Marriott St Pierre in South Wales.