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Haywards Heath women reach Finals after shaky start

Published on: 07/09/2021


HEIDI ROBINSON and Becky Dawson shook off early nerves to ensure they achieved their goal of clinching Haywards Heath a spot in the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes for the first time, writes Cara Sloman.

The pair, who had never teamed up before this successful run, have now won seven knockout matches to seal a place in the October showdown at Slaley Hall, wrapping up their latest victory 2&1 at Tudor Park Marriott.

This was the biggest challenge for the Sussex duo so far, as they had to give 10 shots on an away course. They found themselves two down after eight holes before they rallied to win four consecutive holes and they eventually beat Joy Russell and Angela Grant by winning the 17th with a par.

A delighted Robinson who sunk a 12 foot putt to close out the match said: ‘That putt came out of the blue, which was brilliant. This is the biggest achievement in my golfing career. The last few rounds we just wanted to get to Slaley. That’s all we wanted to do. No one at the club had done it before.’

Reflecting on the last round the 14 handicapper acknowledged: ‘It was a bit of a nervous start. We had an hour to drive there and I think we literally had played the match through in our heads. It just didn’t go to plan.

‘I think we over-analysed what could happened. Then we calmed down a little bit and played our own game. Then it was a case of can we hang on? Joy and Angela were just lovely. They were very gracious losers.’

Robinson admits that foursomes is not always her favourite format, but there is something she really enjoys. She said: ‘Singles can be quite lonely whereas playing with someone else you’ve got someone to talk to and you can bounce of each other.

‘Certainly Becks is very encouraging. We do a lot of sorries like any pair would, but you never get that look from Becks to say: “Really is that what you’ve done?” It’s just a good partnership. So I love it from that perspective. It’s a great there is two of you to do it together.’

They will join some of the country’s best club golfers in Northumberland when the last 16 men’s and 16 women’s pairs battle it out for the chance to capture one of the most prestigious trophies in the amateur game.