The third fixture in this year’s Anglian League was played at Ely City Golf Club against Suffolk on a day of morning rain and then dry but breezy afternoon conditions. The morning foursomes were led off for the home side by Cam Brown (Saffron Walden) and, on debut, Ely man Luke Ryan. They faced a talented opposing pair and found themselves behind for most of the morning. Despite some solid golf of their own, the Suffolk pair proved too strong and ran out winners by 3&2. Out at number 2 were the Walden pair of Mark Reeve and Olly Tuck. These two CAGU men have been a formidable pair for their club for some time and they translated this form into a convincing 5&3 win. They were followed by Jason Evans (Links) and Captain James Stammers (Gog Magog) who had a close encounter which they were never ahead in until they walked off the 16th green, and when they also won the 17th another point had been chalked up for the home side. This promising morning performance then turned into an excellent one when the anchor pairing of Paul Hodgkin (Ramsey) and Dave Milburn (Brampton Park) cruised to an impressive 5&4 win. So CAGU lunched with the score at 3-1 and started the afternoon singles session in understandably confident mood. However, after a fairly even start things started to turn in Suffolk’s favour. In fact the tide turned to such an extent that the home side remarkably lost the first five singles matches, and only Paul Hodgkin at number 6 managed to stop the rot and put a full singles point on the board. James Stammers and Dave Milburn both battled hard and fought back in their respective matches to secure a half point each. Unfortunately though, after a dismal afternoon display on the whole, the overall match score was a 7-5 win for Suffolk. The County owe much thanks to the host club and their staff for the first class hospitality, and as ever thanks too go to County Deputy-President, Doug Poole for performing his duties excellently as ever. Further thanks also go to County Secretary, Hamish Fleming for his added support. This defeat has made the defence of the League title very tough now but we will still endeavour to bounce back as we have done before. Our next match is on Sunday 4th August at Ramsey Golf Club against Leicestershire who always prove to be tough opposition so we will need to improve on this performance, but we definitely have the ability to do so. Foursomes CAGU B Result Points Suffolk B Result Points Cam Brown 0 G. Tait 3&2 1 Luke Ryan J. Forgan Mark Reeve 5&£ 1 R. Harlston 0 Olly Tuck S. Renville Jason Evans 2&1 1 J. Maddock 0 James Stammers T. Spink Paul Hodgkin 5&4 1 M. Mann 0 Dave Milburn J. Phillips TOTAL 3 TOTAL 1 Singles CAGU B Result Points Suffolk B Result Points Cam Brown 0 R. Harlston 2&1 1 Olly Tuck 0 S. Renville 1up 1 Mark Reeve 0 J. Forgan 2up 1 Luke Ryan 0 G. Tait 2&1 1 Jason Evans 0 J. Phillips 6&5 1 Paul Hodgkin 4&3 1 M. Mann 0 James Stammers A/S 0.5 T. Spink A/S 0.5 Dave Milburn A/S 0.5 J. Maddock A/S 0.5 TOTAL 2 TOTAL 6 Match Result CAGU 5 Suffolk 7
The Second match of this league season saw the CAGU B Team play its first home fixture against Norfolk at The Links Golf Club, Newmarket.
Cambridgeshire’s second match in a week in the Seniors Anglian League saw a marginal improvement in the team’s foursomes performance, trailing by just the odd point.