Will Bremner delights in reaching Daily Mail Foursomes semi-finals as former Angus county champion’s success with Edzell clubmate Mark Haggerty relights desire to take on more amateur competitions
- Will Bremner has delighted in reaching the semis of the Daily Mail Foursomes
- Bremner and Mark Haggerty got off to a perfect start at Slaley Hall on Monday
- The former Angus country champion is targeting more amateur tournaments
Former Angus county champion Will Bremner says reaching the semi-finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes with Edzell clubmate Mark Haggerty has relit his desire to compete in some of the major amateur singles competitions again.
The Scottish pair got off to the perfect start at Slaley Hall in the world’s largest amateur golf tournament. They beat Chippenham’s Karl Finch and Chris Russell 2&1 in the last 16 on the championship Hunting course. They then knocked out Nathan Davies and Peter Layland from Teign Valley when Bremner chipped in from 25 yards to par the 16 and wrap up the match 3&2.
Thrilled Bremner, who plays off plus three, said: ‘I’m really enjoying this. It’s a great challenge and has made me want to compete again at a high level. We’re down to the last four now, so this is a big deal.’
Will Bremner has delighted in reaching the last four of the Daily Mails Foursomes on Monday
The 32 year old has previously competed in events like the Scottish Amateur and Open qualifying, but has been concentrating on his family groundworks business.
Now though the seven times club champion said: ‘I’ve got aspirations to play in those big events again. I would love to get a world ranking and I’ve always wanted to play in the British amateur.’
Meanwhile Richard Stedman and James Dewhurst from Upton-by-Chester had to work hard for their spot in the semi-finals when Tadmarton Heath’s Chris Denton and Keith Fisher fought back from four down with four to play to take them to extra time.
Student Dewhurst, 20, hit a 110 yard wedge to within a foot of the pin to ensure victory at the 20th.
The former Angus county champion impressed alongside Edzell clubmate Mark Haggerty
Bremner’s success at Slaley Hall has relit his desire to compete at more amateur tournaments
An exhausted Stedman stressed: ‘It is never going to be easy if you want to win this tournament. You need to dig deep.’
Meanwhile inspirational Christine Dorward, 83, and a grandmother of six, achieved her aim of reaching the quarter-final with her Torwoodlee partner Gillian Lithgow by beating sisters Rachel, 21, and Lauren Birch, 24, from Bloxwich 2&1.
The Scottish duo lost to Weybrook Park’s Sue Gale and Janet Swift 2&1 in the afternoon, but the 29 handicapper was not disappointed. She said: ‘I’ve never played so much golf in a day. It was a new experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed.’ Lithgow laughed: ‘Christine runs on Duracell.’
The joys of a handicap competition is that the higher handicappers can compete alongside more accomplished players and cause some upsets. Sherbourne’s Claire Wooley and Carol-Anne did just that when they beat former British senior amateur champion Cath Rawthore and Julie Matthews 2&1 in the quarter finals.
The showdown between some of the country’s best club golfers concludes today with the semi-finals and finals being played at the Northumberland venue.
Men’s Quarter Finals
Teign Valley (Nathan Davies & Peter Layland, Combined handicap 14) lost to
Edzell (Will Bremner & Mark Haggerty, 6) 3&2
Tadmarton Heath (Chris Denton & Keith Fisher, 13) lost to Upton-by-Chester (Richard Stedman & James Dewhurst, 9) at 20th
Springwater (Graham Roberts & Philip Hrycak, 19) lost to Hellidon Lakes (Gavin Aris & Darren Welsh, 13) 6&5
Birch Grove (Jordan Rollafson & Adam Trigg, 10) beat Auchterarder (Craig Menzies & Willie Turnbull, 16) 3&2
Men’s last sixteen
Teign Valley (Nathan Davies & Peter Layland, Combined handicap 14) beat Pleasington (Simon Hulme & David Abbott, 14) 3&2
Chippenham (Karl Finch & Chris Russell, 14) lost to Edzell (Will Bremner & Mark Haggerty, 6) 2&1
Middleton Hall (Trevor Richardson & Andy Thaxton, 21) lost to Tadmarton Heath (Chris Denton & Keith Fisher, 13) 2&1
Upton-by-Chester (Richard Stedman & James Dewhurst, 9) beat Matfen Hall (Douglas Stuart & Patrick Ward, 20) 5&4
Alresford (Mark Tiplady & Tony Stanton, 23) lost to Springwater (Graham Roberts & Philip Hrycak, 19) 4&2
Hellidon Lakes (Gavin Aris & Darren Welsh, 13) beat Beamish Park (Tom Skelton & David Cameron, 6) 4&3
St Augustine’s (Dave Wheeler & Lee Gillespie, 20) lost to Birch Grove (Jordan Rollafson & Adam Trigg, 10) 7&6
Auchterarder (Craig Menzies & Willie Turnbull, 16) beat Prestwick St Nicholas (Rodney Collins & Bill Cumming, 29) 4&3
Women’s Quarter Finals
Torwoodlee (Christine Dorward & Gillian Lithgow, Combined handicap 41) lost to Weybrook Park (Sue Gale & Janet Swift, 25) 2&1
Sherborne (Claire Woolley & Carol-Anne Raisbeck, 29) beat Sale (Julie Matthews & Catherine Rawthore, 12) 2&1
Denham (Helen Pettifer & Anna Robinson, 41) lost to Whitecraigs (Irene Hamilton & Nichola Hamilton, 42) 3&2
Lingdale (Sue Holwell & Barbara Suffolk, 13) beat Cardiff (Elaine Caveney & Sarah Jones, 27) 2up
Women’s last sixteen
Bloxwich (Rachel Birch & Lauren Birch, Combined handicap, 13) lost to Torwoodlee (Christine Dorward & Gillian Lithgow, 41) 2&1
Formby Ladies (Amanda Bowman & Karen Parrott, 31) lost to Weybrook Park (Sue Gale & Janet Swift, 25) 7&6
Sherborne (Claire Woolley & Carol-Anne Raisbeck, 29) beat Inverurie (Jackie Guthrie & Lorna Donaldson, 31) 3&2
Sale (Julie Matthews & Catherine Rawthore, 12) beat Laceby Manor (Jayne Greenough & Suw Guilliatt, 26) 2&1
Billingham (Tracey Watson & Heather Keeley, 43) lost to Denham (Helen Pettifer & Anna Robinson, 41) 7&5
Whitecraigs (Irene Hamilton & Nichola Hamilton, 42) beat Renfrew (Sandra Reid & Karen Robertson, 42) 5&3
Haywards Heath (Heidi Robinson & Rebecca Dawson, 24) lost to Lingdale (Sue Holwell & Barbara Suffolk, 13) 3&2
Clacton-on-Sea (Elizabeth Strutt & Hoon Locke, 27) lost to Cardiff (Elaine Caveney & Sarah Jones, 27) at the 19th
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