No need to be sorry for county champs

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Meon Valley Golf Club member Harry Ellis

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Sam Parsons refused to offer any apologies for the biggest win of his golfing career.

The 20-year-old, from Copnor, teamed up with Meon Valley’s Remi Cake to storm to the County Foursomes title at Tylney Park near Basingstoke last weekend.

They enjoyed a two-stroke success over their nearest rivals with 38 teams taking part.

In the alternate shot format, players are often tasked with digging the team out of trouble created by their partner.

But Parsons, a scratch golfer from Waterlooville Golf Club, revealed that the pair had outlawed the use of the word ‘sorry’ in the event of any mistakes.

Parsons explained: ‘We hit bad shots but we don’t accept “sorry” during the game.

‘We’re really good friends and will sometimes ask “what the Hell was that?” when one of us hits a bad shot. We make a joke out of it.

‘You see some pairs playing and apologising to each other but we don’t do that and that definitely helps.

‘Everyone wants to play well and nobody is trying to hit a bad shot.

‘We missed a few short putts in the morning but then holed a few longer ones in the afternoon. That also helped massively.

‘But we were both really pleased. It’s definitely up there as the biggest win of my career.’

The pair have grown up on the county golf circuit having played together since the age of 14 and entered the competition on the off-chance.

Parsons said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve played in it.

‘Remi suggested that the County Foursomes was coming up so we just decided to have a go and see what happened.

‘We just went there to enjoy it but we’ve got low handicaps – Remi is off plus one – so we knew we would have a chance if we played well.’

The duo battled to a seven-over-par 79 in tricky conditions in the morning round but then posted a fine 74 in the worsening weather to seal victory ahead of Blackmoor pair Kevin Boxall and Mark Burgess.

Scott Gregory and Tim Markwick of Corhampton came in third.

Parsons said: ‘There were only two scores better than us in the morning and then we had quite a few showers in the afternoon so we knew we had a chance.

‘As soon as we had come in with 74, it started raining a bit more heavily so it was nice to be in the clubhouse!’

It also marked a long-overdue win for Parsons after going close so often.

He said: ‘This year, I hadn’t won anything.

‘I’d finished second six times so I was wondering if I would win anything this year.

‘I suppose you would rather finish second a few times than have one win and be nowhere in the rest of the competitions.

‘But it was nice to a win a big event.’