For those who are interested and how close we came.
FORMER Curtis Cup star and European champion Emma Brown rates victory in The Mail on Sunday Classic with her battling team-mates from Malton & Norton as her greatest achievement, writes Cara Sloman. Brown has represented Great Britain and Ireland in three campaigns as Emma Duggleby and also won the British Amateur title in 1994 and the English Amateur twice, but victory in the Spanish resort of El Rompido is up there with them all. ‘It’s definitely as special. It’s the biggest achievement for the club,’ said Brown, who has played there since she was 12. The Yorkshire outfit had plenty of support and looked unstoppable in the world’s largest golf club team event after beating Accrington & District 5-0 in the semi-finals on the North Course, but tiny Gosport & Stokes Bay came close to causing an upset. They led in three of the five matches after eight holes and were all square in another. The Hampshire club, which have just 29 members and only eight eligible for the competition, knocked out Oxford Ladies in the semi-finals when Sarah Greenaway won at the first extra hole. Mo Browne, playing off 16, secured the first point for Gosport by winning 3&2, but tricky windy conditions and fast greens saw Malton’s experience turn the tie around to triumph 31/2-11/2.