Goodwood boys edged out at Sunningdale

Toby Tree (left) and Marco Penge
Toby Tree (left) and Marco Penge
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

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Marco Penge and Toby Tree were within a clutch 15-foot putt of taking their place in the final of the Sunningdale Foursomes as they bowed out with heads held high.

The talented duo from Goodwood looked on course for victory against England women’s international Annabel Dimmock and Challenge Tour pro Steve Brown in their ding-dong semi-final clash, in the famous competition that has been running for 80 years.

But Dimmock, whose putting was a key factor throughout the match, rattled in a crucial match-saving putt in the latter stages to deny the Goodwood boys.

It acted as the springboard for victory as the Wentworth duo claimed the win at the first extra hole and eventually went on to take the title.

Penge and Tree were disappointed to miss out on their shot at the crown.

But they played some excellent golf over the two famous Sunningdale tracks to come through five gruelling rounds of matchplay in the alternate shot format used in the Ryder Cup.

Their first round was their toughest battle until the semi-final showdown as they grabbed a win at the 19th hole.

But they then cruised through three rounds with comprehensive wins of 6&5, 5&4 and a 7&5 success over Michael Lowe and Charlie Lidyard, from The Warwickshire, with an emphatic display.

They then produced another fine display in their 2&1 quarter-final success over the Suffolk team of Ben Kerr – a five times Cambridgeshire county title winner – and Toby Crisp, an emerging talent for England Golf.

But despite their best efforts, victory eluded them against the Wentworth pair.

The other teams from the region failed to go deep into the competition with early exits.

Lee-on-the-Solent pro James Ablett and his partner Paul Nessling lost in the second round, as did Hayling duo Mark Treleaven and Darren Walkley.

Hayling’s Toby Burden and Corhampton professional Neil Raymond crashed out in the first round.