Foursomes Championship
Written by Neil Hughes

 

2016 Report

 

This year’s championship came to a dramatic conclusion when 3 foursomes pairs tied and a four hole play off was needed to decide the winners. But more about that later.

It was a damp, dull cold day when competitors first arrived at the Ely club early Sunday morning. It soon brightened up and we were very fortunate in the end to have a rain free, sometimes sunny day.

The scoring was high in the 1st round with competitors find it tough to hit the greens in regulation and difficult to get down in two from the challenging lies around the greens.

Only six pairs broke 80 and the leaders at lunch were the Gog Magog pairing of Dave Quinney and James Stammers with 77. Their score could have been better as they finished with 2 bogeys. There were 15 pairs within 4 shots and very much still in contention. Last year’s winners James Reeson and Owen Davies were close behind on 79.

After a hearty lunch it was back to business and early leaders in the clubhouse with 156 were Links secretary Matt Hartley and his young partner David Marris, the current Boys champion. They were hoping to add the Foursomes Championship to the Ron Freeman Foursomes title they won last October.

Their hopes were short lived when John Summerfield and Jamie Hibbert of Elton Furze returned a commendable 73 to add to their opening round of 80 for a total of 153. They were then joined on this total by Steve Jarvis and Kevin Diss of Gog Magog, after Kevin chipped in on the 18th for a birdie 3.

When County Champion James Reeson and former County Captain Owen Davies joined them on 153 it looked like a 3 way play- off unless the leaders Quinney and Stammers could keep their momentum going. It was all looking good for them when they were 2 under par after 8 holes of their 2nd round but after an ugly 7 at the 11th hole it all went pear- shaped and they fell away, finishing with a disappointing 78 for a 155 total.

It then came down to a 4 holes play- off for the 3 foursomes pairs over holes 1, 11, 15 & 18.

Reeson and Davies quickly established a 2 shot lead after an excellent birdie 3 on the 11th hole. The title was then decided at the short 15th were the pair were bunkered, Reeson left his bunker shot short of the green then watched his partner chip in for an unlikely par 3. With Summerfield and Hibbert already off the pace, Jarvis and Diss, shocked by their opponents chip in, duly three putted to end any hope of victory.

A solid par at the 18th and James and Owen had retained the Championship that they won in style last year at the Links.

A special thanks to the Ely City Golf Club and their captain Alan Todd for their warm hospitality, and to Mark Smith for all his help in the organisation of this competition. The course was in excellent condition, with the greens running as fast and true as I have seen them for many a long year. Not to forget the catering team and bar staff who served us some hearty food at lunchtime. The competitors really appreciated the bacon rolls and coffee that was served from 7 30 am.

Next year’s County Foursomes takes place on 23rd April at the Saffron Walden GC.

Prize Winners

GROSS

JAMES REESON & OWEN DAVIES BRAMPTON PARK 79 74 153
JOHN SUMMERFIELD & JAMIE HIBBERT ELTON FURZE 80 73 153
STEVE JARVIS & KEVIN DISS GOG MAGOG 80 73 153
JODY GREENALL & OWEN COUSINS ELTON FURZE & ST NEOTS 81 74 155
TOBY CRISP & ED DIMAMBRO LINKS, NEWMARKET 79 76 155


NET

JAMES REESON & OWEN DAVIES BRAMPTON PARK 79 74 153
JOHN SUMMERFIELD & JAMIE HIBBERT ELTON FURZE 80 73 153
STEVE JARVIS & KEVIN DISS GOG MAGOG 80 73 153
JODY GREENALL & OWEN COUSINS ELTON FURZE & ST NEOTS 81 74 155
TOBY CRISP & ED DIMAMBRO LINKS, NEWMARKET 79 76 155

 

Scoreboard

COMPETITORS CLUB AM H/C NET PM TOTAL H/C NET
JAMES REESON & OWEN DAVIES BRAMPTON PARK 79 +2 81.0 74 153 +4 157
JOHN SUMMERFIELD & JAMIE HIBBERT ELTON FURZE 80 1.0 79.0 73 153 2 151
STEVE JARVIS & KEVIN DISS GOG MAGOG 80 +0.5 80.5 73 153 +1 154
JODY GREENALL & OWEN COUSINS ELTON FURZE & ST NEOTS 81 0.0 81.0 74 155 0 155
TOBY CRISP & ED DIMAMBRO LINKS, NEWMARKET 79 +0.5 79.5 76 155 +1 156
MARK REEVE & OLLY TUCK SAFFRON WALDEN 78 0.5 77.5 77 155 1 154
DAVE QUINNEY & JAMES STAMMERS GOG MAGOG 77 0.0 77.0 78 155 0 155
ROSS WILSON & JOSH BAILEY ELY CITY 80 5.0 75.0 76 156 10 146
MATTHEW HARTLEY & DAVID MARRIS LINKS, NEWMARKET 78 3.0 75.0 78 156 6 150
JAMES HART & KEVIN TAYLOR ST IVES 78 3.5 74.5 79 157 7 150
SPENCER BURLINGHAM & CALLUM BROOKES SAFFRON WALDEN 81 4.5 76.5 79 160 9 151
ASHLEY SIZER & CHRIS NIXON ELY CITY 87 3.5 83.5 75 162 7 155
DANNY LOVEDAY & RYAN ADAIR ST NEOTS & SAFFRON WALDEN 81 1.0 80.0 81 162 2 160
MATT GOODE & TOM MATTHEWS GOG MAGOG 80 4.0 76.0 83 163 8 155
COLIN MYNOTT & ALAN DAVIE ST NEOTS 81 4.5 76.5 83 164 9 155
SIMON RUSSELL & NATHAN JACKSON ST IVES 86 2.5 83.5 78 164 5 159
LUKE RYAN & DALE ISAACSON ELY CITY 85 1.5 83.5 79 164 3 161
IAN ROBINSON & MICK FORD BRAMPTON PARK 83 4.5 78.5 82 165 9 156
JAMES ELSE & MARTIN HOLLANDS RAMSEY 88 4.0 84.0 77 165 8 157
JAMES McLAUGHLIN & ISAAC ROWLANDS ELY CITY 86 5.5 80.5 80 166 11 155
CHRIS BROWN & CHRISTIAN PUTTOCK LINKS, NEWMARKET 84 3.5 80.5 82 166 7 159
RICHARD TEMPLE & GARETH BELL GOG MAGOG 84 3.0 81.0 82 166 6 160
STEPHEN LOCKERT & MARK KING BRAMPTON PARK 89 5.0 84.0 78 167 10 157
GRAHAM GOODMAN & LOUIS MARTIN SAFFRON WALDEN 88 3.5 84.5 80 168 7 161
SHANE HORNSEY & DAVID HORNSEY ELY CITY 81 6.5 74.5 88 169 13 156
GRAHAM LOCKE & CARL EDWARDS BARKWAY PARK 87 5.5 81.5 82 169 11 158
JAMES CLOUGH & JASON EVANS LINKS, NEWMARKET 85 3.0 82.0 84 169 6 163
JOSH HULL & NICK GEAR RAMSEY 90 6.0 84.0 80 170 12 158
JOHN DAVIES & SIMON BURNS BRAMPTON PARK 86 4.5 81.5 84 170 9 161
CLIFF MILES & NICK RUSHTON RAMSEY 91 7.0 84.0 80 171 14 157
JACOB GAMBLE & JAKE FREEMAN SAFFRON WALDEN & GIRTON 92 5.5 86.5 80 172 11 161
JOSH MUIR & PAUL HODGKIN RAMSEY 83 2.5 80.5 89 172 5 167
MARK LYDON & ANDREW BARNARD BOURN 86 6.5 79.5 88 174 13 161
PAUL TUITE & PETER DEAN GIRTON 86 5.5 80.5 88 174 11 163
NEIL HUGHES & TOM WILLIAMS GOG MAGOG 91 0.5 90.5 83 174 1 173
BRUCE KNAPP & SIMON HUGHES BARKWAY PARK 94 5.5 88.5 82 176 11 165
HAMISH FLEMING & DOUG POOLE LINKS & BRAMPTON PARK 94 5.0 89.0 85 179 10 169
MARK CRITOPH & PAUL JOHNSON GOG MAGOG 94 9.5 84.5 87 181 19 162
STEVE TOMKINS & MIKE PERCIVAL BRAMPTON PARK 98 11.5 86.5 84 182 23 159
LANCE KEY & JOHN ALTOMONTE GOG MAGOG 94 7.5 86.5 94 188 15 173
LEE KING & JIM LAW BRAMPTON PARK 93 6.5 86.5 97 190 13 177
IAIN CLARK & SIMON HODGSON BOURN 102 6.5 95.5 88 190 13 177
CHRIS WRIGHT & MATT PAGE RAMSEY 94 7.5 86.5 99 193 15 178

 

Photos courtesy of Kevin Diss golf course photography