County Open
Written by Administrator

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The Thorpe Wood golf course at the Nene Park Golf  was the venue of the 2016 County Open, sponsored by Solopark Ltd Period Home Supplies of Pampisford. It was the first time that the club have held this event. The weather was fine and sunny for the morning start but with a gentle breeze. There was a full field of 63 local golfers which included 17 local professionals, over double the number that competed last year at Gog Magog, which was excellent for this prestigious event.

The early leader with a score of 2 under par 70, was Miles Collins a professional playing out of Stoke by Nayland, who used to play county golf for Cambridgeshire. His father Gerald, himself a past captain of the County team, was on the bag. The highlight of his morning round was a drive and 8 iron to a foot for eagle on the par 5 18th hole.

This score remained in the lead until late in the morning when professional Adam Pike came in with an excellent 68 that contained 6 birdies and an eagle. Adam, himself a former County player, lost in a play off to James Reeson in the 2013 County Championship at St Ives and was one of the best golfers in the Midlands Golf Union before turning professional a couple of years ago.

Other golfers in close contention at the end of round 1 were Nicholas Smits from Gog Magog on 70, Paul Maddy, the Challenge Tour professional playing out of Gog Magog, with a 71, and County Champion James Reeson from Brampton Park, also on 71.

Smits, Reeson and Danny Loveday had played a gruelling 72 holes the previous 2 days in the Midland Amateur where James finished  a creditable 8th and Nicholas 12th.

Leading amateur for the John Durman Handicap Trophy was young Joe Gore who plays for the County Boys team and is a member of St Neots. He scored an amazing 75 – 8 = 67 to lead by 2 shots from his fellow team mate Owen Meeds who also plays out of St Neots who scored 73 – 4 = 69. It was amazing because just 4 weeks ago, Joe was seriously ill in hospital with a burst appendix and was still nowhere near fully recovered. Beware the injured golfer!

The afternoon saw the consistent Collins come with a 69 for an excellent total of 139. Later in the afternoon he was joined on this total by the morning leader Pike who birdied his last hole to get into a possible play off with Collins.

They were then joined on this score by Nicholas Smits who also birdied his last hole to join them on 139. Nicholas, who was born in Holland, has come over from the USA where he was in college, recently finished runner up in the County Championship. He has been a mighty asset this season to both the County team and the Gog Magog team.

This meant that there needed to be a four hole play off over holes 15 – 18 to decide the County Open Championship. It was nearly a four way play off as Paul Maddy horseshoed out for his birdie on 18 that would have put him on 139 also.

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(Aron Kumar, St Neots Golf Club)

They all made par on the 15th then Adam Pike made a birdie 2 at the 200 yards par 3 sixteenth hole to lead Miles Collins by one shot and Nick Smits by 2 shots who unfortunately bogeyed the hole.

Adam and Miles then birdied the par five 17th hole to Nick’s par which meant that it looks to be between the two of them with one hole to play unless Nick could make an eagle on eighteen.

Adam unfortunately bunkered his tee shot but the other two smashed their drives to within a wedge of this par five hole.

Nick Smits unfortunately messed up his short iron into the green, finishing in the ditch short of the green which put him out of it.

With Adam struggling to make par, Miles hit a wedge onto the green to 25 feet and then proceeded to hole the downhill putt for an eagle 3 and to win this exciting play off and become the County Open Champion.

Joe Gore came in with another fantastic score of 68 net to add to his 67 in the morning to win the John Durman Handicap Trophy by 4 shots from his clubmate Owen Meeds.

A special mention must go to John Durman, a great supporter of Cambridgeshire County golf who donated this trophy in 2010 which has been won the last 3 years by County juniors Callum Brooks, Aron Kumar, and now Joe Gore and in 2011 by a young Toby Crisp. It gives the youngsters who are not quite ready to take on the professionals and top County players, the chance to get noticed by the County selectors and to get their names on a big trophy. Both Callum and Aron, along with talented youngster Ollie Rust of Gog Magog all finished up winning gross prizes yesterday so the introduction of this handicap trophy is clearly working.

Local professional and two times County Open winner, Stuart Brown had a disappointing day with rounds of 75 & 74. Stuart was one of the pre tournament favourites yesterday following his tremendous showing in the Titleist & Footjoy PGA Professional Championship at the Oxfordshire Resort course where he finished joint 3rd with scores of 69, 70, 69, 72 for a total of 280 and a cheque for £3975. He now has a great chance to represent his country in next year’s club professionals match against the American club professional team.

The Thorpe Wood course was in fine condition and the greens were as quick and true as I have seen them so all credit to the Course Manager and his staff who were out preparing the course for us at 4 am, cutting and ironing the greens.

The catering and bar service were under a lot of pressure with the restaurant very busy for Sunday lunches as well as feeding hungry golfers and they all did very well, so a big thank you to Sue and her staff.

Many thanks also to Simon Fitton for inviting the County to play on his superb golf course and to club captain Chris Naylor and Operations Manager Robin for all of their help during the day.

And finally, a massive thank you to Rodney Bird the owner of Solopark for his generous sponsorship. This year over £1100 was given out in vouchers for the amateurs and £2000 for the professionals.

Next year’s County Open is on the 20th August on the Gog Magog Old Course.

 

The main prize winners were as follows:-

PROFESSIONALS

Miles

Collins

PRO

Stoke by Nayland

70

69

139

Adam

Pike

PRO

Brampton Park Golf Club

68

71

139

Paul

Maddy

PRO

Gog Magog Golf Club

71

69

140

Luke

Bowers

PRO

Bourn Golf Club

73

69

142

George

Howard

PRO

Brampton Park Golf Club

72

71

143

Richard

Beadles

PRO

Royal Worlington

74

71

145

 

AMATEURS

Nicholas

Smits

AM

Gog Magog Golf Club

70

69

139

James

Reeson

AM

Brampton Park Golf Club

71

72

143

Callum

Brookes

AM

Saffron Walden Golf Club

73

73

146

Aron

Kumar

AM

St. Neots Golf Club

75

74

149

Oliver

Rust

AM

Gog Magog Golf Club

75

74

149

 

SCOREBOARD

  COMPETITORS   CLUB 1st H/C NET 2nd H/C NET GROSS NET
1 Miles Collins PRO Stoke by Nayland 70     69     139  
2 Adam Pike PRO Brampton Park Golf Club 68     71     139  
3 Nicholas Smits AM Gog Magog Golf Club 70 +2 72 69 +2 71 139 143
4 Paul Maddy PRO Gog Magog Golf Club 71     69     140  
5 Luke Bowers PRO Bourn Golf Club 73     69     142  
6 James Reeson AM Brampton Park Golf Club 71 +3 74 72 +3 75 143 149
7 George Howard PRO Brampton Park Golf Club 72     71     143  
8 Richard Beadles PRO Royal Worlington 74     71     145  
9 Callum Brookes AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 73 2 71 73 2 71 146 142
10 Owen Meeds AM St. Neots Golf Club 73 4 69 74 4 70 147 139
11 Luke Ryan AM Ely City Golf Club 75 2 73 72 2 70 147 143
12 Benito Schiavi PRO Thorpe Wood Golf Club 72     75     147  
13 Oliver Fullerton PRO Girton Golf Club 72     76     148  
14 Aron Kumar AM St. Neots Golf Club 75 3 72 74 3 71 149 143
15 Oliver Rust AM Gog Magog Golf Club 75 2 73 74 2 72 149 145
16 Mark Reeve AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 74 scr 74 75 scr 75 149 149
17 Aaron Jones PRO Thorpe Wood Golf Club 73     76     149  
18 Stuart Brown PRO Thorpe Wood Golf Club 75     74     149  
19 Joe Gore AM St. Neots Golf Club 75 8 67 76 8 68 151 135
20 Sampson Marino AM Links Golf Club 80 3 77 74 3 71 151 145
21 Gary Casey PRO Thorpe Wood Golf Club 79     72     151  
22 Nick Glover AM Thorpe Wood Golf Club 78 1 77 74 1 73 152 150
23 Danny Loveday AM Brampton Park Golf Club 74 +1 75 78 +1 79 152 154
24 Ed Dimambro AM Links Golf Club 76 scr 76 77 scr 77 153 153
25 Ben Kerr PRO Bourn Golf Club 75     78     153  
26 Jason Boast PRO Cowley Road Academy 76     77     153  
27 Andy Stubbs AM Bourn Golf Club 76 3 73 78 3 75 154 148
28 John Summerfield AM Elton Furze Golf Club 79 2 77 75 2 73 154 150
29 Allan Campbell AM Gog Magog Golf Club 80 5 75 75 5 70 155 145
30 Jordan Nichols PRO Thorpe Wood Golf Club 78     77     155  
31 Mark King AM Brampton Park Golf Club 77 5 72 79 5 74 156 146
32 Owen Davies AM Brampton Park Golf Club 76 +1 77 80 +1 81 156 158

 

 

  COMPETITORS CLUB 1st H/C NET 2nd H/C NET GROSS NET
33 Lee Blewett AM Elton Furze Golf Club 77 6 71 80 6 74 157 145
34 Mbachi Nkana AM Elton Furze Golf Club 76 5 71 81 5 76 157 147
35 Alex Day AM Links Golf Club 80 4 76 78 4 74 158 150
36 Ross Fraser AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 86 5 81 74 5 69 160 150
37 Adrian Randall AM Elton Furze Golf Club 81 6 75 80 6 74 161 149
38 Paul Farrance AM Elton Furze Golf Club 78 4 74 83 4 79 161 153
39 Simon Russell AM St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 84 5 79 77 5 72 161 151
40 James Clough AM Links Golf Club 83 5 78 78 5 73 161 151
41 Joe Timms AM Thorpe Wood Golf Club 76 5 71 87 5 82 163 153
42 Lewis Richardson AM Elton Furze Golf Club 83 6 77 80 6 74 163 151
43 Richard Devoy AM St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 84 7 77 87 7 80 164 150
44 Chris Hewitt AM Thorpe Wood Golf Club 82 ## 72 82 10 72 164 144
45 Ian Cochrane PRO Unattached 80     84     164  
46 John Reeve AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 79 6 73 85 6 79 164 152
47 Chris Wright AM Brampton Park Golf Club 81 6 75 83 6 77 164 152
48 Cliff Miles AM St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 86 4 82 79 4 75 165 157
49 Chad Miles AM St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 86 5 81 82 5 77 168 158
50 Spencer Burlingham AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 79 5 74 90 5 85 169 159
51 Michael Nuthall AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 84 7 77 85 7 78 169 155
52 Richard Hingston AM Elton Furze Golf Club 82 7 75 88 7 81 170 156
53 Craig Sutherland AM Bourn Golf Club 84 5 79 87 5 82 171 161
54 Alex Oldham PRO March Golf Club 89     82     171  
55 Lee King AM Brampton Park Golf Club 87 6 81 86 6 80 173 161
56 Anthony Smith AM Saffron Walden Golf Club 87 6 81 87 6 81 174 162
57 Steve Tomkins AM Brampton Park Golf Club 89 ## 78 88 11 77 177 155
58 Jim Law AM Brampton Park Golf Club 90 8 82 87 8 79 177 161
59 Matt Page AM Brampton Park Golf Club 96 9 85 88 9 79 184 166
60 Ian Robinson AM Brampton Park Golf Club 81 4 77 NR 4      
61 Mike Percival AM Brampton Park Golf Club NR ## NR 83 11 72    
62 Paul Hodgkin AM Ramsey Golf Club NR scr NR   scr      
63 Mark Sturgess PRO Bourn Golf Club NR     79        
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