Lottie Woad And Rachel Gourley Claim Sunningdale Foursomes Title
In the final, the duo claimed a commanding 6&5 victory over the professional pair of James Ruth and Paul Hendriksen
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Always providing a superb field of professionals and amateurs, the Sunningdale Foursomes is a unique tournament that is played over its stunning Old (opens in new tab) and New (opens in new tab) course layouts and often draws entries from both PGA & European Tour professionals, former Ryder Cup & Walker Cup players, as well as Major champions.
In the 88th edition of the event, it was the pair of Lottie Woad and Rachel Gourley who came out on top over the 128 pair field, with a 6&5 victory over the professional duo of James Ruth and Paul Hendriksen, handing them the title.
Very happy to have won the Sunningdale Foursomes with my @EnglandGolf team mate @LottieWoad Big thanks to @LukeBone10 for caddying, @Sunningdale_GC for the fantastic course and the Woad family for my stay this week! 🥇 pic.twitter.com/yZbbeErTjKMarch 11, 2022
Being the only all female pair in the field this year, the England squad duo breezed through their opening two games in ruthless style, securing 6&5 and 7&6 wins to book themselves in the last 32.
From there, a 3&1 win followed before their closest game against Adam Gee and James Heath yielded a 2-up victory in Woad and Gourley's favour.
In the quarter finals, the duo defeated Thalia Kirby and Jake Ayres 3&2, before they booked their places in the final with a 2&1 victory over the male amateur pairing of Edward Richardson and Tom Sherreard.
Amazing week winning the Sunningdale Foursomes with @Rachgolf 🏆 Thanks to @Sunningdale_GC for running an amazing event and having the course in superb condition ⛳️ Thanks to @LukeBone10 & @farnhamgc members for coming out and supporting us! #dreamteam 📸 @KevinDiss pic.twitter.com/gWctmOD5b8March 12, 2022
Looking to become the seventh all female pair to win the Sunningdale Foursomes (opens in new tab), Woad and Gourley started well, with the duo taking the opening two holes. However, Ruth and Hendriksen fought back resiliently, producing a birdie and a par at the 3rd and 4th to tie the match up.
The next three holes were then won by Woad and Gourley, with the first hole of the match finally being shared at the par-4 9th as the female duo took a 2-up lead into the back nine.
From there, the pair looked unstoppable over the back nine, with Woad and Gourley securing the next four holes on the bounce to claim the title, 6&5.
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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