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Sale's battling duo through to last 32

Published on: 10/08/2021

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SALE’S Julie Matthews credits former British senior amateur champion Cath Rawthore for their success in The Daily Mail Foursomes after the friends earned a place in the last 32 of the Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Cara Sloman.

The Cheshire duo were giving 15 shots and came back from two down in searing heat to narrowly beat Judy Lovett and Carol Capstick 2&1 away at Bentham.

It has been a busy summer for Rawthore, the 2014 senior amateur champion. The plus one golfer was part of the winning England seniors team in the Home Internationals last week at Woodhall Spa and Matthews stressed that she has teamed up with quite the partner in the world’s largest amateur golf tournament.

Laughing Mathews, off 12, said: ‘I’ve bagged myself a very, very good partner. She’s very reliable and she has to put up with my non reliable golf. She’s really, really steady. Occasionally I help, but she does most of the hard work. She is playing really, really well at the moment.

‘We enjoy playing together. We have been friends a long time too. Cath was the person who got me into golf because she loves it so much. I think foursomes is a great format when you play well. It can be a bit tricky when you are not on your game, but when you have someone like Cath, steady and reliable, it helps.’

The pair have been tested throughout their winning run. They thought their time might be up in the fourth round when they gave 16 shots and were four down at home against Lymm at the turn, but they dug deep and triumphed with a birdie at the first extra hole.

They are now to face St Melyd at home for a place in the finals at Slaley Hall where the last 16 men’s and women’s pairs will battle it out to be crowned champions.

Matthews added: ‘I hope we get through. I’m sure we will come up against some strong competition. At least on my side I’ve got a tough competitor in Cath, who will never give up.’