A Havant couple saw their hopes of international glory dashed, after they fell at the final hurdle in their quest for a coveted title.
Hazel and Ron Quarrington secured their place at the Bader Cup international final in Portugal after coming through two qualifying rounds to book their place at the Alamos Club on the Algarve.
The tournament is an annual competition for couples all over England, Wales and Scotland in aid of the Douglas Bader Foundation named after the World War II veteran who became a single-figure golfer, after losing both legs in a crash.
The Foundation has now raised £350,000 to help people with missing limbs and other disabilities in its 24 years.
After the Havant couple won their own club competition with 43 points in the greensome format, they then came through a regional qualifier with a fine performance, clocking up 37 points to claim their final berth.
But while the Portsmouth Golf Club duo’s total of 32 points was some way behind final winners, Sue Anderson and John Loye from Crondon Park Golf Club with 43 points, Hazel, 52 and Ron, 53, have vowed to make sure they get another crack next year.
Hazel said: ‘It was a good four days and we really enjoyed it.
‘We couldn’t bring the trophy home unfortunately, but maybe next year.
‘It was well worth entering. We will definitely go for it again next year.’
After 23 years of glorious sunshine for the event, this year’s final was a different experience as rain dampened the course.
Hazel, who plays off an eight handicap alongside 17-handicapper Ron, said: ‘It rained on the practice day and then rained for most of the round on the competition day so that made things that bit more difficult.
‘The course was good but the greens were really tricky and we found it quite hard.
‘But it was still enjoyable and it’s a very good cause.’
The 2012 tournament will be extra special as it will be the silver anniversary of the Bader Cup.
It costs just £10 per couple to enter and the more UK clubs that take part, the more money is raised.
See thebadercup.co.uk for an entry form for the 2012 competition.