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Upton by Chester men first Finalists for 2020 competition

Published on: 24/08/2021

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RICHARD STEDMAN and James Dewhurst couldn’t believe it when they became the first pair to reach the grand finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes after pulling off an amazing comeback, writes Cara Sloman.

The Upton-by-Chester duo looked down and out as they trailed by three holes with just four to play against Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Rob Edwards and Mick Gould.
But the home pair battled back to walk off the 18th green all square and wrapped up the match at the first extra hole when Dewhurst, 20, hit a perfect tee shot to within three inches of the pin on the 156 yard par three.

A delighted Stedman, 50, confessed: ‘I was thinking we were doomed. We had a really tough game. The guys we played were playing really well. They were three under par gross for the first 14 holes.

‘We were just hanging in there. I thought we were done at the 17th, but they missed a short putt. It was the first one they missed. We came back from the dead. It was an incredible match, which I’m not going to forget.’

Stedman admitted they never imagined they would make it all the way to the October showpiece at Slaley Hall, as the only previous time he had played in the world’s largest amateur golf competition he was knocked out in the first round.
He said: ‘When we entered this time around I wasn’t really thinking we were going do as well as we have done. We entered to play a bit of foursomes and play a bit of golf and hoped we could do well.

‘It’s awesome to have got to the final. I’m the old man in the team. James is a big hitter and I’m the chipper and the putter. We’re looking forward to Slaley Hall. We have just managed to get on to a bit of a run and hopefully we can continue.’