DENHAM’s Helen Pettifer and Anna Robinson conquered their nerves in a rollercoaster clash to book one of the last places in the grand finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Cara Sloman.
The Buckinghamshire pair looked to be coasting to victory and were two up at the turn against Gail Owen and Joanne Zimmerman from Hampstead. But with a spot in the showdown at Slaley Hall at stake their opponents began to gain momentum.
The London duo won three holes on the trot on the parkland course to put the pressure firmly back on the home team who trailed one down heading to the last.
After battling back to square the match determined Pettifer and Robinson held on to snatch victory at the second extra hole after the visitors found bushes.
‘All I remember is the butterflies in my stomach. I have to say I don’t think I have ever been so anxious in a match. Golf is meant to be relaxing. This was not,’ admitted a relieved Pettifer, laughing. She added: ‘Things were going quite well, but when you start to think you might get through that’s when things begin to go pear-shaped.’
The friends wrapped up the match in the nick of time as Robinson had to dash off to a wedding.
It is the first time Pettifer has entered the world’s largest amateur golf competition and reaching the showdown is extra special for her as she is the club’s lady captain.
She said: ‘I can’t quite believe it. It is so exciting. What a way to celebrate being captain. We’re so looking forward to it. Slaley Hall looks gorgeous. We can’t wait to start and get there.’
The last 16 men’s and women’s pairs will battle it out for the prized trophies on October 4 and 5.