County Championship
Written by Neil Hughes

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Forty-five of the best golfers in the County gathered on a fine but breezy Saturday morning for the 68th running of the Cambridgeshire Area County Championship at the Brampton Park Golf Club. The course was looking superb with the greens especially, in tip top condition.

Early leaders in the 1st round were Ed Dimambro of Gog Magog with a level par round of 71, closely followed by Ryan Woods of Ely City and Craig Thorburn of St Ives both with 72.

A special mention to Aron Kumar of St Neots who had a 10 on one hole yet recovered in great fashion to return a creditable 75.

Big hitter Dimambro followed up his morning round with another steady par round of 71 for 142 and was joined later in the day by home club member Danny Loveday who returned an excellent round of 69 to go with his morning 73.

Whilst some of the more experienced County players faltered in the stiff breeze, two youngsters from the Ely City club rose to the occasion. James McLaughlin, a member of the County Boys team returned rounds of 73, 74 – 147 for 4th place going into the final day whilst Ryan Woods added a 74 to his opening 72 for 146 and 3rd place. Ryan, who is at college in the USA, pipped his fellow club member by one shot to win the January Cup with a score of 140 net. This trophy which has been played for since 1950 is awarded to the best net score over the first 36 holes.

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What was encouraging to see was that 7 of the top 15 were teenagers, and that also making the cut on 160 was 14-year-old Alfie Guy Pinkney of Ely City Golf Club who only took up the game 2 years ago. Tom Rogers, a 22-year-old from Gog Magog also deserves a mention for his 70 in the afternoon after a disappointing 83 in the morning. Tom recently made his debut for the County B team.

The Championship Shield which is also decided on the 1st day was a really close run thing with Gog Magog on 444 just beating Brampton Park on countback where it was necessary to take the score of the 4th man in each team to decide the result.

Well done to Gog Magog who now go on to represent CAGU in the English Champion Club in late September at the East Devon GC.

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Sunday morning, we were once again blessed with sunshine and the wind had receded a little but was to get stronger as the day went on to make conditions testing.

After the 3rd round was over the Championship had developed into a 3 horse race as the leading three ball all returned low scores.

Danny Loveday, not a huge hitter of a golf ball by any stretch of the imagination, but a canny player with a wonderful short game, added to his 69 of Saturday afternoon with a 68 for a leading total of 210 going into the final round. Close on his heels was Ed Dimambro with an excellent 70 for 212, and Ryan Woods who was not over- awed at all, kept up with his County A team fellow competitors with a 71 for 217.

They really left the rest of the field in their wake with the next best score 223 by Owen Cousins, the former County Captain. Nicholas Smits who was favourite going into the event following his great form of late, was out of sorts on this occasion and was languishing back in the pack on 226 with a lot of work to do to catch the leaders.

Having interviewed our winner after play I thought it would be interesting for him to give his account of the final round so here it is: -

“Going into the final round I was 2 shots behind. Danny had played fantastic in the morning and his short game is just phenomenal so I knew it was going to be a tough to catch him in the afternoon. Playing the 2nd hole he had hit it in the left trees and to the average person there simply wouldn't be a shot. He has played the most unbelievable 5 iron recovery shot into the heart of the green that I have ever seen and made his par!  There were a couple of key turning points late in the final round, being tied for the lead going down 13 I made a crucial up and down to save par to stay tied for the lead and then managed to get 1 shot clear after the 15th. 17 and 18 were the deciding holes as they are such a tough finish in that wind, it was here I made another par save to go down the last 1 ahead. Having driven it into the fairway trap on 18 and with Danny in the middle of the fairway, it looked as though it may head for a playoff. Danny missed the green just left but with his short game I knew I had to make par to win. After a quick chat with my caddy George Howard, I hit probably the best shot of the day with a 9 iron out of the bunker to about 12 feet to the pin which was tucked in the front left corner. Was a great feeling to tap in for par to win my first County Championship.”

So there it is with Ed Dimambro winning his first County Championship with consistent golf with scores of 71, 71, 70, 70 for a total of 282. Danny Loveday, a future champion I’m sure, a creditable runner up with 284. Young Ryan Woods an excellent 3rd place on 292.

I can only speak positively on how fantastic Brampton Park Golf Club were as hosts, from the Captain David Bartlett, professional Alisdair Currie and his staff, to the staff and the club members they were all just wonderful. A huge thank you to them for being so welcoming and helpful to all competitors/officials and for giving up their weekend on the golf course. It was great to see a few come out to watch the final round.

Finally, the head greenkeeper Nick Meehan for presenting the course so well which was as good as I’ve seen it for many years.

Next year the Championship will be played at the Links, Newmarket Golf Club on 9/10 June.

SCOREBOARD

  COMPETITOR CLUB Rnd 1 Rnd 2 TOTAL GROSS Rnd 3 TOTAL GROSS Rnd 4 TOTAL
1 Ed Dimambro Gog Magog Golf Club  71 71 142 70 212 70 282
2 Danny Loveday Brampton Park Golf Club 73 69 142 68 210 74 284
3 Ryan Woods Ely City Golf Club  72 74 146 71 217 75 292
4 Mark Reeve Saffron Walden Golf Club  79 75 154 70 224 72 296
5 Nicholas Smits Gog Magog Golf Club  76 73 149 77 226 72 298
6 Owen Davies Brampton Park Golf Club 74 75 149 75 224 74 298
7 Paul Hodgkin Ramsey Golf Club  77 75 152 72 224 75 299
8 Owen Cousins St. Neots Golf Club  73 75 148 75 223 76 299
9 Aron Kumar St. Neots Golf Club  75 75 150 78 228 73 301
10 James McLaughlin Ely City Golf Club  73 74 147 81 228 74 302
11 Oliver Rust Gog Magog Golf Club  76 77 153 76 229 75 304
12 Ian Robinson Brampton Park Golf Club 77 76 153 77 230 75 305
13 Owen Meeds St. Neots Golf Club  75 77 152 74 226 80 306
14 Mbachi Nkana Elton Furze Golf Club 75 80 155 75 230 77 307
15 Callum Brookes Saffron Walden Golf Club  73 77 150 76 226 82 308
16 Martin Hollands Ramsey Golf Club  81 73 154 80 234 76 310
17 Isaac Rowlands Ely City Golf Club  80 72 152 78 230 80 310
18 Glenn Cripps Ramsey Golf Club  76 83 159 73 232 80 312
19 Chris Vince Gog Magog Golf Club  78 78 156 74 230 85 315
20 Ben Newton Brampton Park Golf Club 86 79 165 73 238 79 317
21 Tom Rogers Gog Magog Golf Club 83 70 153 82 235 85 320
22 Alfie Guy-Pinkney Ely City Golf Club  79 81 160 84 244 80 324
23 Mark King Brampton Park Golf Club 79 80 159 83 242 87 329
24 Shane Hornsey Ely City Golf Club  84 81 165 82 247 NR NR
25 Mike Gays Brampton Park Golf Club 78 86 164 82 246 NR NR
26 Zac Cooke Girton Golf Club 88 76 164 84 248 NR NR
  MISSED CUT              
23 Craig Thorburn St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 1 72 88 160     W/D  
24 Paul Rose St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 1 79 84 163     W/D  
27 James Fitch St. Neots Golf Club 1 84 80 164     W/D  
30 Ed  Harper Gog Magog Golf Club 79 86 165     W/D  
31 Sam Hills Meridian 87 79 166    
32 John Davies Brampton Park Golf Club 2 85 82 167    
33 James Clough Links (Newmarket) 82 85 167        
34 Tyrone Allan Brampton Park Golf Club 2 84 83 167        
35 Spencer Burlingham Saffron Walden Golf Club 1 80 88 168        
36 Ollie Wright Ramsey Golf Club 1 79 90 169        
37 Josh Muir Ramsey Golf Club 85 86 171        
38 Darren Clifton Elton Furze Golf Club 80 92 172        
39 Mark Lydon Bourn Golf Club 88 87 175        
40 Nathan Jackson St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 1 91 85 176        
41 Joe Gore St. Neots Golf Club 84 92 176        
42 John Reeve Saffron Walden Golf Club 1 89 93 182        
43 Stuart Entwistle St. Neots Golf Club 82 NR NR        
44 Dale  Isaacson Ely City Golf Club 1 82 NR NR        
45 Luke Ryan Ely City Golf Club 1 NR NR NR        

 CSS: Rd 1 73 | Rd 2 72 | Rd 3 71 | Rd 4 72

 

Forty-five of the best golfers in the County gathered on a fine but breezy Saturday morning for the 68th running of the Cambridgeshire Area County Championship at the Brampton Park Golf Club. The course was looking superb with the greens especially, in tip top condition.

 

Early leaders in the 1st round were Ed Dimambro of Gog Magog with a level par round of 71, closely followed by Ryan Woods of Ely City and Craig Thorburn of St Ives both with 72.

A special mention to Aron Kumar of St Neots who had a 10 on one hole yet recovered in great fashion to return a creditable 75.

 

Big hitter Dimambro followed up his morning round with another steady par round of 71 for 142 and was joined later in the day by home club member Danny Loveday who returned an excellent round of 69 to go with his morning 73.

 

Whilst some of the more experienced County players faltered in the stiff breeze, two youngsters from the Ely City club rose to the occasion. James McLaughlin, a member of the County Boys team returned rounds of 73, 74 – 147 for 4th place going into the final day whilst Ryan Woods added a 74 to his opening 72 for 146 and 3rd place. Ryan, who is at college in the USA, pipped his fellow club member by one shot to win the January Cup with a score of 140 net. This trophy which has been played for since 1950 is awarded to the best net score over the first 36 holes.

 

What was encouraging to see was that 7 of the top 15 were teenagers, and that also making the cut on 160 was 14-year-old Alfie Guy Pinkney of Ely City Golf Club who only took up the game 2 years ago. Tom Rogers, a 22-year-old from Gog Magog also deserves a mention for his 70 in the afternoon after a disappointing 83 in the morning. Tom recently made his debut for the County B team.

 

The Championship Shield which is also decided on the 1st day was a really close run thing with Gog Magog on 444 just beating Brampton Park on countback where it was necessary to take the score of the 4th man in each team to decide the result.

Well done to Gog Magog who now go on to represent CAGU in the English Champion Club in late September at the East Devon GC.

 

Sunday morning, we were once again blessed with sunshine and the wind had receded a little but was to get stronger as the day went on to make conditions testing.

After the 3rd round was over the Championship had developed into a 3 horse race as the leading three ball all returned low scores.

 

Danny Loveday, not a huge hitter of a golf ball by any stretch of the imagination, but a canny player with a wonderful short game, added to his 69 of Saturday afternoon with a 68 for a leading total of 210 going into the final round. Close on his heels was Ed Dimambro with an excellent 70 for 212, and Ryan Woods who was not over- awed at all, kept up with his County A team fellow competitors with a 71 for 217.

 

They really left the rest of the field in their wake with the next best score 223 by Owen Cousins, the former County Captain. Nicholas Smits who was favourite going into the event following his great form of late, was out of sorts on this occasion and was languishing back in the pack on 226 with a lot of work to do to catch the leaders.

 

Having interviewed our winner after play I thought it would be interesting for him to give his account of the final round so here it is: -

“Going into the final round I was 2 shots behind. Danny had played fantastic in the morning and his short game is just phenomenal so I knew it was going to be a tough to catch him in the afternoon. Playing the 2nd hole he had hit it in the left trees and to the average person there simply wouldn't be a shot. He has played the most unbelievable 5 iron recovery shot into the heart of the green that I have ever seen and made his par!  There were a couple of key turning points late in the final round, being tied for the lead going down 13 I made a crucial up and down to save par to stay tied for the lead and then managed to get 1 shot clear after the 15th. 17 and 18 were the deciding holes as they are such a tough finish in that wind, it was here I made another par save to go down the last 1 ahead. Having driven it into the fairway trap on 18 and with Danny in the middle of the fairway, it looked as though it may head for a playoff. Danny missed the green just left but with his short game I knew I had to make par to win. After a quick chat with my caddy George Howard, I hit probably the best shot of the day with a 9 iron out of the bunker to about 12 feet to the pin which was tucked in the front left corner. Was a great feeling to tap in for par to win my first County Championship.”

 

So there it is with Ed Dimambro winning his first County Championship with consistent golf with scores of 71, 71, 70, 70 for a total of 282. Danny Loveday, a future champion I’m sure, a creditable runner up with 284. Young Ryan Woods an excellent 3rd place on 292.

 

I can only speak positively on how fantastic Brampton Park Golf Club were as hosts, from the Captain David Bartlett, professional Alisdair Currie and his staff, to the staff and the club members they were all just wonderful. A huge thank you to them for being so welcoming and helpful to all competitors/officials and for giving up their weekend on the golf course. It was great to see a few come out to watch the final round.

 

Finally, the head greenkeeper Chris Meehan for presenting the course so well which was as good as I’ve seen it for many years.

 

Next year the Championship will be played at the Links, Newmarket Golf Club on 9/10 June.