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Pleasington find equation for Finals place

Published on: 21/09/2021

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MATHS teacher Simon Hulme and clubmate Dave Abbott have solved the equation of how to get to the Daily Mail Foursomes finals at their first attempt, writes Cara Sloman.

The pair from Pleasington have won three of their knockout ties away from home and wrapped up their latest victory on the famous Southport & Ainsdale links course, beating Anthony Moy and Christopher McKeating one up.

The visitors had a sensational start on the championship course, going four up after six with a birdie at the fourth, but they were taken all the way to the final green by Moy and McKeating. They were relieved to hold on to clinch a place in the October showdown at Slaley Hall after they halved the hole with a par.

‘It was a tough match. When you are four up early and you start losing a hole or two it makes it quite tight and tense,’ said Hulme. ‘Everything about Southport & Ainsdale was fantastic. We had a good time at all of the clubs we’ve been to, but that one was special. Winning on a course of Southport & Ainsdale’s standard is always good.’

The duo have known one another for over 40 years and won the Lancashire handicap foursomes last year. Hulme stresses the challenging format of foursomes is not going to bring an end to their friendship, saying: ‘It’s not going to be broken by it. We’ve come close and had a few cross words, but we’re still friends and we have a drink afterwards.’

They are thrilled to be among the last 16 men’s and women’s pairs still in with a chance to be crowned champions in the world’s biggest amateur golf competition. They also have the advantage of both having played Slaley Hall before, although neither of them are taking anything for granted. Hulme said: ‘We’re absolutely looking forward to it, but you never know with foursomes. It’s a very peculiar game. We never imagined we would get this far.’