MENDIP’S Margaret Allen enjoyed a debut to remember in The Daily Mail Foursomes as she and partner Lulu Carolan needed five extra holes to win a first-round thriller, writes Cara Sloman.
The Somerset friends rallied to win the last two holes on their home course to take the match into extra time before they finally snatched victory over Wendy Butt and Jackie Willcox from Farrington Park at the 23rd hole.
A delighted Allen said after the five-hour match: ‘We were all very tired at the end. I’ve been up the first a few times, but never to the fifth. It was a baptism of fire. We are quite proud of it.
‘I think we would have struggled to have won after that hole, as we would have had to give a shot at the sixth and seventh and then again on the ninth. That would have been extra pressure.
‘It came down to the putting. All of us missed short putts. We could have won on the first. I just tensed up and missed it. There were no gimmies on those five holes.’
The tournament which began in 1958 has grown into the biggest amateur golf competition in the world. This year the October grand finals return to the famous Marriott St Pierre course in South Wales, which knows all about staging big occasions, having hosted the British Masters, the Curtis Cup and the Solheim Cup.
Director of Golf Paul Collins said: ‘It is exciting and a great privilege to have such a prestigious tournament back at St Pierre. I have a lot of respect for the golfers who make it this far. ’