Golfing duo drive into national finals

Sedlescombe Golf Club's men's team which reached the final of the Sussex Inter Club Scracth Matchplay Championship for the Optimus Plate

Sedlescombe Golf Club's men's team which reached the final of the Sussex Inter Club Scracth Matchplay Championship for the Optimus Plate

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A team from Sedlescombe Golf Club has reached the finals of a prestigious national competition.

Adam Appleby and Ray Smith are among 16 pairs who will contest the finals event of the Daily Mail Foursomes at Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh, from October 12-14.

The Sedlescombe duo booked their place at the well-known Scottish venue courtesy of a convincing seventh round victory away to Dyke GC.

Appleby and Smith previously saw off opposition from Nevill, Gillingham, East Sussex National, Lydd, Tenterden (via a walkover) and Highwoods during a magnificent run.

Sedlescombe suffered disappointment, meanwhile, in the final of the Sussex Inter Club Scratch Matchplay Championship for the Optimus Plate with a hard-fought 7.5-4.5 defeat to Copthorne at Dyke GC.

The Kent Street club trailed 3-1 after the morning foursomes despite a 2&1 victory for Robert Prime and Trevor Saull Hunt over Paul Oliver and Colin Linsley in match two.

Murray Thompson and Michael Anthony lost 4&3 in the top match, Stuart Bellhouse and Paul Lawrence went down 2&1 in match three, and Simon Linklater and Jon Heys succumbed 5&3 in the bottom match.

Sedlescombe won all of the top three matches in the afternoon singles. Bellhouse and Thompson both triumphed 1 up against Harry Ruffels and Gary Wright respectively, and Anthony saw off Andrew Mackie 3&2.

Although Linklater earned a half against Oliver in match four, Sedlescombe lost all of the bottom four games. Saull Hunt was beaten 2 down, Prime slumped 6&5, Lawrence was edged out 1 down and Heys went down 3&1.