Seniors Championship
Written by Administrator

<1>Seniors Championship 2017

The County Seniors Championship took place on a sunny day on the Gog Magog Old Course last Monday.

There was a field of 51 competitors and the Championship commenced at 12 30pm from the first and tenth tees in perfect conditions for golf.

First in was John Yuill of the Links Golf club with a very creditable 72. John last won the seniors title in 2015 around this very course with a 75 and must have been fancying his chances of repeating this feat. Last year he lost in a play off to Kevin Diss of Gog Magog at the Bourn GC.

Out on the course with a chance of glory was past winner Neil Hughes of the home club who was out in 33 strokes. Sadly after missing a four foot putt to remain at level par after 15 holes he finished badly and recorded 74. Unfortunately old age took it’s toll!

Mich Heron, also of the home club had a relatively mixed bag going out. He was 1 under after 4 holes then triple bogeyed the short par 4 fifth hole, only to bounce back with an eagle 3 at the seventh hole. A terrific back nine of 34 strokes, consisting of all 4’s and 3’s, left him also on 72 and tying for the lead with John Yuill.

Rookie senior Graham Goodman of the Saffron Walden GC, eventually overcame his nerves from playing in his 1st Seniors Championship. After a horrendous 9 holes of 42, starting from the 10th tee, he came back in an excellent 32 for a 74 and a joint 4th place with Neil Hughes.

After current champion Kevin Diss could only manage a 75 it looked on for a sudden death play off between Yuill and Heron.

One player out late in the field who definitely had the credentials to do well in his first Seniors Championship, was Jeremy Baldwin of Nene Park Golf Club. A former Kent County Champion who played for the Cambridgeshire county team in the 1990’s after moving to this area with his job at Footjoy /Titleist in St Ives.

He started with an excellent birdie at the 1st hole where he hit a drive and 7 iron to 8 feet. Having given the shot back at the 2nd by three putting and losing another with a bogey at the 4th, he recovered well by birdieing 8 and 9 to be out in 34 strokes.

Another 3 putt at the 10th hole brought him back to level par and missing the green at the long par 4 twelve hole took him to one over.

After missing good birdie opportunities at 14, 15, and 16 caused by poor putting, he showed his class by hitting an eight iron to 12 feet on the downhill par 3 seventeenth hole and holing the putt to get back to level par.

A bogey at the last hole would still win him the title and that’s exactly what he did by knocking it on the green in 2 shots only to take 3 putts again to get down in 5 and a winning total of 71 gross.

The Gog Magog Golf club are to be congratulated for their superb hospitality on the day. It was pleasing to see that the Captain Bruce Mew played with the winner, as did Links Vice Captain Hamish Fleming who unfortunately had to retire after 14 holes with a bad ankle.

The course was set up brilliantly by the Course Manager Andrew Howarth with testing pin placings but nothing too difficult for the silver foxes!

The catering was excellent, as was the service, so many thanks go to bar manager John and catering manager Alan.

Jeremy now goes on to represent Cambridgeshire at the Seniors Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa in September so we all wish him well.

Next year’s Seniors Championship will be held at the St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club on Monday 2nd July.

Scoreboard

 

  COMPETITORS CLUB AGE GROSS H/C NET
1 Jeremy Baldwin Nene Park A 71 1 70
2 Mick Heron Gog Magog Golf Club B 72 4 68
3 John Yuill Links Golf Club (Newmarket) C 72 3 69
4 Graham Goodman Saffron Walden Golf Club A 74 2 72
5 Neil Hughes Gog Magog Golf Club D 74 2 72
6 Richard Douglas Links Golf Club (Newmarket) D 75 6 69
7 Kevin Diss Gog Magog Golf Club A 75 1 74
8 John Davies Brampton Park Golf Club A 76 5 71
9 Kevin Hayes Saffron Walden Golf Club A 77 6 71
10 Graham Miller Gog Magog Golf Club A 77 6 71
11 David Burt Saffron Walden Golf Club C 77 5 72
12 Robert Setchell Ely City Golf Club A 77 4 73
13 Stephen Plumb Saffron Walden Golf Club B 77 4 73
14 Barry Carter Gog Magog Golf Club D 78 10 68
15 Peter Laughlin Gog Magog Golf Club B 78 6 72
16 David Hayns Gog Magog Golf Club A 79 3 76
17 Stephen Williams Gog Magog Golf Club C 80 10 70
18 Gerald O'Keane Gog Magog Golf Club C 80 5 75
19 Jed Isbell Bourn Golf Club B 80 12 68
20 Richard Loader Gog Magog Golf Club B 81 6 75
21 Martin Ibbitt Links Golf Club (Newmarket) D 81 6 75
22 Howard Boylan Nene Park Golf Club A 81 5 76
23 Ken Chatteris Ely City Golf Club B 82 11 71
24 Michael Hoare Ely City Golf Club C 82 11 71
25 Andrew Barnard Bourn Golf Club A 82 6 76
26 Stephen Lang Gog Magog Golf Club B 83 8 75
27 Brian Allen Links Golf Club (Newmarket) D 83 8 75
28 Owen Scott-Reid Gog Magog Golf Club B 83 7 76
29 John Mynott Ely City Golf Club B 84 11 73
30 Michael Morrison Gog Magog Golf Club B 84 6 78
31 Digby Long Gog Magog Golf Club D 85 10 75
32 James Greenall Links Golf Club (Newmarket) B 85 9 76
33 James Law Brampton Park Golf Club A 85 7 78
34 Kevin Smith Gog Magog Golf Club B 85 7 78
35 Mick Roche Lakeside Lodge Golf Club B 85 5 80
36 Neil Cooke Girton Golf Club C 85 11 74
37 Larry Barnes Brampton Park Golf Club D 85 5 80
38 Alex Greatwood Ely City Golf Club A 86 16 70
39 Robert Chamberlain Lakeside Lodge Golf Club B 86 12 74
40 Ronan McLister St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club A 86 8 78
41 Graham Locke Barkway Park Golf Course A 86 5 81
42 Alan Aitken St. Neots Golf Club B 87 4 83
43 Malcolm Simmons Links Golf Club (Newmarket) C 88 8 80
44 Bruce Mew Gog Magog Golf Club B 91 11 80
45 Brendan Barry Gog Magog Golf Club D 91 7 84
46 Alan Todd Ely City Golf Club A 96 8 88
47 Angus Topham-Smith Gog Magog Golf Club D 97 20 77
48 Dominic McCormack Bourn Golf Club A 106 13 93
49 Andy Anderson Elton Furze Golf Club C N/R 7
50 Brian Buncombe St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club B retired 7
51 Hamish Fleming Links Golf Club (Newmarket) B retired 6

Seniors Championship 2016

The Cambridgeshire Seniors Championship took place yesterday on a breezy, sunny day at the Bourn Golf Club.

45 golfers from 12 Cambridgeshire clubs took part and at the end of the day, the 1st pair out, playing together, tied for the Championship.

Kevin Diss from Gog Magog and Current holder John Yuill of the Links, Newmarket came in early with 78's which proved to be the winning score.

Kevin, a former County Captain, who was one of the best golfers in the region for many years, has just reached 55 years of age so it was his 1st County Seniors Championship. John has won it twice in the past 3 years and is a very steady player who in 2014 won the UK Seniors Order of Merit.
Out in 38 strokes, Kevin raced to a 2 shot lead over John. They both then birdied the 10th hole but when the Links man bogeyed the par 3 eleventh hole, the lead increased to 3 shots.

Yuill hit back with a birdie at twelve to Diss's bogey and the lead was cut to one shot.

They continued to exchange blows and when Diss bogeyed the par 5 sixteenth hole they were level. Both the bogeyed the 17th then parred the last to finish on 78.

In 3rd spot one shot back was Stephen Plumb from Saffron Walden.

The 4 hole playoff, starting at the 10th hole was a fairly tame affair with both golfers dropping 2 shots, and so to sudden death back down the 10th hole. John unfortunately landed his second shot onto the top tier of the green and with the pin on the bottom half of the Mackenzie green in a tricky position, he failed to get down in 2 more shots. With Kevin making a solid par it was all over and a new champion was crowned.

The best net was won by Alan Todd, current captain of the Ely City Golf Club with a net 71 after a card play off with local member Don MacDonald. The 3rd net went to the Bourn captain Dominic McCormack with 74 net.

The Bourn club put in a big effort to get the course in pristine condition for the championship and so congratulations to the head green keeper and his staff.
The catering and bar service was 5 star as is usual when the County come to Bourn. Excellent food was enjoyed by all despite the panic when it went to a 5 hole playoff when the food was ready.

Thanks also to the professional staff, especially Luke Bowers who acted as starter on the 10th tee.

Next year's championship is at Gog Magog Wandlebury course on the 26th June.

Kevin Diss now goes forward to represent the County in the County Seniors Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa on the 10th/11th September 2016.

Other prize winners

55 - 59 category Keith Moore St Ives 80
(after a card play off with Allan Campbell Gog Magog 80)
60 - 64 category Peter Laughlin Gog Magog 82
65 - 69 category David Burt Saffron Walden 80
70+ category Richard Douglas Links, Newmarket 87

 

Scoreboard

  COMPETITORS CLUB AGE GROSS H/C NET
1 Kevin Diss Gog Magog Golf Club A 78 2 76
2 John Yuill Links Golf Club (Newmarket) C 78 3 75
3 Stephen Plumb Saffron Walden B 79 5 74
4 Keith Moore St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club A 80 5 75
5 Allan Campbell Gog Magog Golf Club A 80 5 75
6 David Burt Saffron Walden Golf Club C 80 5 75
7 Alan Todd Ely City Golf Club A 81 10 71
8 Graham Miller Gog Magog Golf Club A 81 5 76
9 Peter Laughlin Gog Magog Golf Club B 82 5 78
10 Neil Hughes Gog Magog C 82 1 81
11 John Davies Brampton Park Golf Club A 84 6 78
12 John Quigley Links Golf Club (Newmarket) A 84 6 78
13 Digby Long Gog Magog Golf Club C 85 9 76
14 Jim Law Brampton Park Golf Club A 85 7 78
15 Gerald O'Keane Gog Magog Golf Club C 85 5 80
16 Howard Boylan Elton Furze Golf Club A 85 4 81
17 Don MacDonald Bourn Golf Club D 87 16 71
18 Owen Scott-Reid Gog Magog Golf Club B 87 8 79
19 Richard Douglas Links Golf Club (Newmarket) D 87 7 80
20 Dominic McCormack Bourn Golf Club A 88 14 74
21 Michael Morrison Gog Magog Golf Club A 88 5 83
22 Robert Chamberlain Lakeside Lodge B 89 11 78
23 Neil Cooke Girton Golf Club C 89 11 78
24 Michael Hoare Ely City Golf Club C 89 10 79
25 Barry Carter Gog Magog Golf Club D 89 10 79
26 George Walters Elton Furze Golf Club D 90 8 82
27 Larry Barnes Brampton Park Golf Club C 90 6 84
28 Colin Hurst Bourn Golf Club D 91 15 76
29 John Durman Links Golf Club (Newmarket) D 91 8 83
30 John Williams Gog Magog Golf Club C 91 6 85
31 Ken Chatteris Ely City Golf Club B 92 11 81
32 Stephen Williams Gog Magog Golf Club C 93 8 85
33 Stanley Nixon Ely City Golf Club D 95 13 82
34 Stuart Watson Bourn Golf Club B 95 8 87
35 Andy Anderson Elton Furze Golf Club C 100 8 92
36 David Harding Bourn Golf Club D 102 18 84
37 Doug Poole Brampton Park Golf Club C 102 5 97
38 Ken Green Elton Furze Golf Club D 103 23 80
39 Keith Howlett Bourn Golf Club C 103 13 90
40 Angus Topham-Smith Gog Magog Golf Club D 108 19 89
41 Hamish Fleming Links Golf Club (Newmarket) B NR 5 NR
42 Lorne Williamson Gog Magog Golf Club D NR 11 NR
43 Roger Tacq Ramsey Golf Club B NR 12 NR
44 Jed Isbell Bourn Golf Club B NR 13 NR
45 John White Bourn Golf Club D NR 17 NR