Foursomes Championship
Written by Neil Hughes

The County Foursomes took place yesterday in glorious sunshine at the Saffron Walden Golf Club. There was an array of talent on show ranging from 15 year olds to members of the County’s senior team.

The course was in as fine a condition for April that I have seen for many years, justifying its position as one of the best courses in the Cambridgeshire Golf Union.

Early leaders in round 1 were County veterans, Graham Goodman and Steve Plumb of the home club with an excellent score of 73. They were out in a disappointing 39 shots but recovered very well on the more difficult back 9 holes to be home in a one under par 34.

Favourites for the title were Dave Quinney and Nick Smits from Gog Magog and they didn’t disappoint with an excellent opening round of 69, with included 5 birdies and 2 dropped shots.

Coming in late in the field to share 2nd place on 73 after round 1 were the Gog Magog pairing of Gareth Bell and Richard Temple.

Leading scores after round 1

1

DAVE QUINNEY & NICHOLAS SMITS

GOG MAGOG

69

2

GARETH BELL & RICHARD TEMPLE

GOG MAGOG

73

3

GRAHAM GOODMAN & STEVE PLUMB

SAFFRON WALDEN

73

4

MARK REEVE & OLLY TUCK

SAFFRON WALDEN

74

5

KEVIN DISS & STEVE JARVIS

GOG MAGOG

74

6

ED DIMAMBRO & LUKE RYAN

GOG MAGOG & ELY CITY

74

7

OWEN MEEDS & OLLIE RUST

ST NEOTS & GOG MAGOG

75

8

JASON EVANS & ED HARPER

LINKS & GOG MAGOG

76

9

NEIL HUGHES & TOM WILLIAMS

GOG MAGOG

76

10

CALLUM BROOKES & SPENCER BURLINGHAM

SAFFRON WALDEN

76

11

OWEN COUSINS & ARON KUMAR

ST NEOTS

77

12

MATTHEW GOODE & TOM MATTHEWS

GOG MAGOG

77

13

CHRIS VINCE & PAUL HODGKIN

GOG MAGOG & RAMSEY

79

14

JOSHUA MUIR & CRAIG THORBURN

RAMSEY & ST IVES

79

15

JACK SEARS & BILL RUSTED

GOG MAGOG

79

16

ADAM CHESTERS & ANDY STUBBS

GOG MAGOG & BOURN

79

 

On the day, my partner Tom Williams and I had the pleasure of playing with the County captain Mark Reeve and County player Olly Tuck and in the 2nd round we witnessed some amazing golf when the pair raced to 5 under par after 10 holes. Having been given a lesson by his partner at lunchtime to alleviate his wayward shots, Mark played much better pm but was definitely outshone by Olly who only hit one poor shot all day and his chipping skills were masterful.

Unfortunately, they dropped a shot on the 13th but then parred home for a fine score of 68 and a total of 142.

It looked now to be a 2 horse race as Goodman and Plumb plummeted to an 81. Quinney and Smits arrived at the 36th hole needing a 3 to win by one shot, although they did not know this at the time. A poor tee shot from Nick missed the green and when Dave could only get the ball to 20 feet above the hole it looked like a sudden death play- off was on the cards. Smits stepped up to the ball and calmly rolled it into the hole for a winning score of 141, pipping a very disappointed Reeve and Tuck by one shot.

Bell and Temple came in with another very creditable 73 for a 146 total and 3rd place.

The best net prize was won by Mark Critoph and Paul Johnson of Gog Magog with a score of 147.

Saffron Walden Golf Club were highly praised for their hospitality and a big thank you must go to all of the office, bar, catering and professional staff for looking after the players and officials so well during the day.

Next year’s Championship will take place at the Gog Magog Golf Club on Sunday 29th April.

Scoreboard

       COMPETITORS CLUB AM H/C NET PM H/C NET TOTAL GROSS TOTAL NET
1 DAVE QUINNEY & NICHOLAS SMITS GOG MAGOG 69 +1 70 72 +1 73 141 143
2 MARK REEVE & OLLY TUCK SAFFRON WALDEN 74 0 74 68 0 68 142 142
3 GARETH BELL & RICHARD TEMPLE GOG MAGOG 73 3 70 73 3 70 146 140
4 OWEN MEEDS & OLLIE RUST ST NEOTS & GOG MAGOG 75 3 72 74 3 71 149 143
5 JASON EVANS & ED HARPER LINKS & GOG MAGOG 76 2 74 76 2 74 152 148
6 CHRIS VINCE & PAUL HODGKIN GOG MAGOG & RAMSEY 79 0.5 78.5 73 0.5 72.5 152 151
7 KEVIN DISS & STEVE JARVIS GOG MAGOG 74 +0.5 74.5 78 +0.5 78.5 152 153
8 ED DIMAMBRO & LUKE RYAN GOG MAGOG & ELY CITY 74 1 73 79 1 78 153 151
9 GRAHAM GOODMAN & STEVE PLUMB SAFFRON WALDEN 73 3 70 81 3 78 154 148
10 CHRISTIAN PUTTOCK & CHRIS BROWN LINKS, NEWMARKET 82 3.5 78.5 73 3.5 69.5 155 148
11 OWEN COUSINS & ARON KUMAR ST NEOTS 77 0.5 76.5 78 0.5 77.5 155 154
12 NEIL HUGHES & TOM WILLIAMS GOG MAGOG 76 0.5 75.5 79 0.5 78.5 155 154
13 DANNY LOVEDAY & OWEN DAVIES BRAMPTON PARK 80 +1 81 75 +1 76 155 157
14 JOSHUA MUIR & CRAIG THORBURN RAMSEY & ST IVES 79 3.5 75.5 78 3.5 74.5 157 150
15 CALLUM BROOKES & SPENCER BURLINGHAM SAFFRON WALDEN 76 2 74 81 2 79 157 153
16 MATT HARTLEY & LEE ALLEN LINKS, NEWMARKET 83 2.5 80.5 75 2.5 72.5 158 153
17 JACK SEARS & BILL RUSTED GOG MAGOG 79 3.5 75.5 80 3.5 76.5 159 152
18 IAIN CLARK & JOHN WOOD BOURN 80 5.5 74.5 80 5.5 74.5 160 149
19 MATTHEW GOODE & TOM MATTHEWS GOG MAGOG 77 4 73 84 4 80 161 153
20 GRAHAM LOCKE & CARL EDWARDS BARKWAY PARK 82 5 77 80 5 75 162 152
21 RICHARD DOUGLAS & HAMISH FLEMING LINKS 82 6 76 81 6 75 163 151
22 JAMES CLOUGH & CHRIS O CALLAGHAN LINKS & GOG MAGOG 80 5 75 83 5 78 163 153
23 JAMES MCLAUGHLIN & ISAAC ROWLANDS ELY CITY 85 4 81 78 4 74 163 155
24 ADAM CHESTERS & ANDY STUBBS GOG MAGOG & BOURN 79 4 75 84 4 80 163 155
25 ANDREW BARNARD & MARK LYDON BOURN 81 6.5 74.5 83 6.5 76.5 164 151
26 STEVE LOCKERT & MARK KING BRAMPTON PARK 88 5.5 82.5 78 5.5 72.5 166 155
27 ROSS WILSON & JOSH BAILEY ELY CITY 83 4 79 83 4 79 166 158
28 MARK CRITOPH & PAUL JOHNSON GOG MAGOG 89 10 79 78 10 68 167 147
29 SIMON HUGHES & BRUCE KNAPP BARKWAY PARK 88 5.5 82.5 79 5.5 73.5 167 156
30 MARK DEAN & CLIVE CORCORAN GOG MAGOG 82 4.5 77.5 85 4.5 80.5 167 158
31 PAUL TUITE & PETER DEAN GIRTON 85 6 79 84 6 78 169 157
32 STUART ENTWISTLE & MICK FORD ST NEOTS & BRAMPTON PARK 88 5.5 82.5 81 5.5 75.5 169 158
33 GARY KING & MIKE NUTTALL SAFFRON WALDEN 83 5.5 77.5 86 5.5 80.5 169 158
34 NIGEL BAKER & TOM STRAND BRAMPTON PARK 84 7 77 86 7 79 170 156
35 EWAN ROGERS & SOLOMON TONER ST IVES 83 7 76 87 7 80 170 156
36 MBACHI NKANA & ALLAN YOUNG ELTON FURZE 85 6 79 86 6 80 171 159
37 CHARLIE CARTER & OLLIE JONES SAFFRON WALDEN 89 5.5 83.5 83 5.5 77.5 172 161
38 JACOB GAMBLE & JONATHAN JENKINS SAFFRON WALDEN 84 6.5 77.5 90 6.5 83.5 174 161
39 ANDREW COMPTON & LANCE KEY GOG MAGOG 83 6 77 92 6 86 175 163
40 MARK WATSON & MARK LEMMON LINKS & ELY CITY 90 11 79 87 11 76 177 155

Photos credit: Kevin Diss