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Golf News: - Posted 27th March 1998

Sunningdale Foursomes - Bennett and Fisher have convincing win

Sunningdale, Surrey - Warren Bennett and David Fisher, two long hitting professionals, won the Sunningdale Foursomes with a convincing 4 and 3 victory over amateurs Richard Hodgkinson and Philip Carr in the final over the Sunningdale Old Course on Friday.

Bennett and Fisher, both former English internationals, were five up at the turn and, though their opponents won three of the next four holes, there was never any real doubt about the outcome.

Hodgkinson and Carr, who both went to Repton School, had played exceptionally well in the morning semi finals to beat European Tour professional Roger Chapman and Kent County player Ken Will 3 and 2 but they could not reproduce the same form in the afternoon.

Bennett and Fisher took an immediate lead in the final with a birdie four at the first, won the second when their rivals three putted and went three up at the fifth, despite conceding a stroke when Fisher sank a 30ft putt.

Worse was to follow for Hodgkinson and Carr for they three putted the sixth to go four down and were in two bunkers at the ninth where Fisher again holed out from 30 feet for a five holes lead.

Bennett and Fisher made their only mistake when they dropped a shot to lose the 10th and Hodgkinson and Carr won the 12th, where they received a stroke, and also the 13th where they had a birdie two after Hodgkinson had sent his tee shot to within five feet.

This left them two down but it proved the end of the revival for Bennett and Fisher birdied the long 14th to go back to three up and then clinched victory on the next green when their opponents three putted for a third time in the match.

1998 Press Association