England international Annabel Dimmock and Challenge Tour player Steven Brown forged a successful partnership when they won the Sunningdale Foursomes at their first attempt.
The Wentworth pair came triumphantly through the seven-round test when Annabel holed a 30-footer on the last for a one-up win over Inci Mehmet, also from Wentworth, and Oscar Granström-Livesey of Royal Mid-Surrey.
“It was a great match and we all played so well,” said Annabel. “The number of birdies was unbelievable. This is a really good tournament to win, especially as it’s near my club and we had the home crowd watching!”
It was a first competitive outing together for the winning pair: “We play a bit of foursomes against friends but we’ve never before played together in a competition,” said Annabel.
Both players went into the event in great form. Already this season, Annabel has won on the Orange Blossom Tour in the USA, been runner-up in the Spanish amateur and taken fifth place in the European Nations Cup. Brown, a former English champion and the player who sealed the GB&I Walker Cup triumph of 2011, is currently fourth on the Challenge Tour order of merit and came in to this event fresh from a fifth place in the Kenya Open.
“We were both really tired before it started because we both got back into the country only the day before the practice round, but we knew we were both playing well,” said Annabel.
Their impressive putting was critical to their success. In the first round, they holed a long putt to win the 18th, taking the match into extra time before they squeezed through to the next round on the 20th. In the semi-final Annabel had a must-make 15-footer to keep the match alive, before the pair eventually defeated England international Toby Tree and boy international Marco Penge on the 19th. Then, in the final she clinched the title with that 30-footer. “We holed a lot of putts when we needed to,” she said.