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Dimmock, Brown Win Sunningdale Foursomes

by Colin Callander - March 17, 2014

Annabel Dimmock continued her impressive start to the 2014 season when she teamed up with Wentworth clubmate Steve Brown to beat Inci Mehmet and Oscar Granstrom-Livesey by one hole in an engrossing final at this year’s Sunningdale Foursomes over the Old Course at Sunningdale.

The 17-year-old Dimmock calmly holed a 20-foot birdie putt across the 18th green to end the brave challenge from her fellow Surrey opponents. She entered the Foursomes exuding confidence after a victory at the Jones Doherty Challenge Cup and runner-up finishes at both the South Atlantic Amateur and the Spanish International Ladies’ Championship.

Brown also was in fine form coming into the annual competition having finished tied fifth in the previous week’s Barclays Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour. The 2011 English Amateur champion played solid golf throughout the final as he and his partner recovered from being 1 down with three holes to play to join the likes of Joyce Wethered, Max Faulkner, Peter Alliss, Michael Bonallack, Neil Coles, Brian Huggett, Sam Torrance and Luke Donald as winners of this 80-year-old competition.

The week started with a scare for Dimmock and Brown when the former had to hole a 30-foot putt across the 18th green to take their first round tie against Sunningdale member Harry Pakenham and former winner Stiggy Hodgson into extra time. Thereafter they made steady progress into the semifinals where they took the notable scalps of English amateur squad players Toby Tree and Marco Penge.

Dimmock and Brown were 1 down playing the last in that match but got a reprieve when Tree and Penge failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker and then clinched victory when Dimmock holed out for a birdie after their opponents had overshot the green in two. It was the first time the pair had been ahead.

“It has been a great week,” said the 6-foot-5 Brown, who turned pro after securing the halve that gave GB&I victory in the 2011 Walker Cup.

“Annabel and I know each other well because we both play out of Wentworth but we’ve never played competitively together until this tournament.

“I asked her in December if she’d like to play,” he added. “I wanted to get in there early before somebody else snapped her up and clearly it was a good decision.”

This year’s Sunningdale Foursomes was dominated by amateurs with Brown being the only professional to make it into the semifinals. In their semifinal, Mehmet and Granstrom-Livesey ended the challenge of English international, Michael Saunders, and his partner, George Mullins, on the 18th green.

England’s Tomasz Anderson and Ireland’s Paul Dunne have become the latest GB&I golfers to win on the collegiate circuit in the United States.

Paul Dunne won the Samford Intercollegiate in Alabama

The 21-year-old Anderson, from Hertfordshire, a student at Jacksonville State, put together rounds of 67, 69 and 70 to win the individual title at the Auburn Tiger Invitational at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Alabama, while Dunne, the 21-year-old reigning East of Ireland champion, took the individual honours at the Samford Intercollegiate tournament at Hoover Country Club in Hoover, Alabama. Earlier in the season the Irishman, a student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, also won the Georgetown Invitational to record his first collegiate success.

Other recent GB&I collegiate winners include 2012 Scottish Amateur champion Grant Forrest of University of San Diego, who secured a playoff victory at the Farms Collegiate Invitational in California, and England squad member Greg Eason of University of Central Florida, who won his sixth collegiate title at the John Hayt Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Florida.

Guido Migliozzi will be looking to land an international double when he plays in this week’s Italian International Men’s Amateur Championship at Is Molas.

The 17-year-old from Golf Montecchia carded rounds of 74, 71, 72 and 72 for 289 to beat Scotland’s Bradley Neil into second place in the individual event at the recent European Nations Cup at Sotogrande. He now moves on to Sardinia where he will be looking to add to his growing list of honours.

Those include victories at the 2012 Italian Boys’ Championship and the 2013 Duke of York Trophy at Royal St George’s, where he finished ahead of England’s Jack Singh-Brar and 2013 Scottish Boys’ champion, Neil.

Migliozzi’s hopes of victory at Is Molas are boosted by the fact that two of the Italian team who finished second behind Scotland in the European Nations Cup have not entered their national championship. Renato Paratore and Edoardo Liparelli are notable absentees but Migliozzi will be joined by the fourth Italian Nations Cup team member, Lorenzo Scalise, and well as by other top-ranked compatriots, Michele Cea and Gianmaria Rean Trinchero.

The strong international contingent is led by Romain Langasque, who was ninth in the individual stakes at Sotogrande and also helped France finish third in the team event behind Scotland and Italy. Also in the field is his compatriot Nicolas Manifacier, Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura, Swiss duo Edouard Amacher and Joel Girrbach, plus Germany’s Michael Hirmer who finished runnerup to Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson at last year’s British Boys’ Championship at Hoylake.

The sole GB&I competitor is England’s Stephen East who celebrated joining the senior ranks by winning the recent Spanish International Senior Men’s Championship at La Manga.

England’s Paul Kinnear carded a closing round of 73 to finish second behind Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa in the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Ffinal at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

The 20-year-old England “A” squad player from Formby held a two shot lead on Horikawa after opening rounds of 66 and 71 but saw that advantage disappear when the 21 year-old Japanese player closed with a superb 68 to win by three shots on 9-under-par 207.

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