MORECAMBE’S Curtis Wood is dreaming of following in his sister Ashleigh’s footsteps by reaching the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes, after he and his dad, Paul charged into the fourth round, writes Cara Sloman.
Five years ago Ashleigh, representing the same Lancashire club, made it to the semi-finals with mum Debbie caddying for her. Now the Lancashire father and son duo are out to continue the family fortunes on their debut in the world's largest amateur golf tournament.
‘We would love to get to the finals,’ said Curtis, 33. 'We're glad to represent our club. When Ashleigh was in it we were keeping in touch on every game. Ash and mum have told us how great it was.'
So far the pair have not been behind in any of their matches and have notched up two impressive away wins. They did not waste any time at Heysham emphatically winning 8&6, despite giving 13 shots. A 2&1 triumph at Lancaster followed when they knocked out David Stone and Anthony Green.
Curtis took advantage of the slow greens to sink three key long birdie putts, all over 15 feet, at the fifth, eighth and thirteenth. He said: 'Our opponents said that was what really hurt them.'
Paul, 66, introduced his son to golf as a five year old and Curtis admitted: 'We do have a little bit of a falling out every now and then. But soon as we win we’re best friends and everything is good. We’re very competitive.'
The last 16 men’s and women’s teams will battle for the prestigious trophies at Marriott St Pierre in October.