Match Play - Goddard Cup
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Final 2016

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The final of the Goddard Cup was played on Sunday 11th September in bright, warm and sunny conditions at the Saffron Walden Golf Club.
The course was in magnificent condition for what promised to be an evenly fought final between Gog Magog and the Links, Newmarket, two teams that contained some very talented golfers.

Gog Magog, beaten finalists last year, after a sudden death play off with Ely City, have only won the Goddard Cup on one previous occasion, whilst the Links had won it 3 times.

This years final was particularly poignant because of the recent passing of one of the donors of the trophy John Goddard who presented the cup in 2005 with his brother Sam. Both were CAGU stalwarts and between them they had won the Saffron Walden Scratch Championship 20 times.

The morning foursomes looked to be going in Gog Magog’s favour early on with the lead in 3 matches and down in one. The Links fought back hard and in a key match, Jason Evans and Ed Harper overturned a 3 hole deficit to win their match against Steve Jarvis and Chris Fitt by 2 & 1. The top match resulted in a 3 & 2 win for the strong Gogs pairing of Nick Smits and Dave Quinney against Toby Crisp and Mark Bloxham, and there was a comfortable win for Matt Hartley and Lee Allen against James Stammers and Neil Hughes by 5 &4. In the last match captain Ed Dimambro holed a crucial putt on the last with his partner Alex Day to win their match 1 up against Tom Williams and Ollie Rust.  All of this meant that the Links were in a strong position at lunch with a 3-1 lead.

 

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It looked like nobody from the Links fancied taking on the in-form Nicholas Smits in the afternoon singles and so tactically captain Ed, after discussions with his team members, threw young Alex Day into the lion’s den. Unfortunately he went down by 10 & 8 but what this sacrifice did do  was to make the Links team stronger down the order as Ed Harper had a fine win against County legend Steve Jarvis by 2 & 1 and Toby Crisp beat old his rival Dave Quinney, the Gogs scratch team captain, by 3 & 1.

Half way through the singles it was looking like a tight finish with young Ollie Rust and Tom Williams well up in their respective matches. All of the other matches were tight with no more than 1 hole in them at the turn.

In the end Mark Bloxham beat Chris Fitt on the 18th hole and Ed Dimambro put his foot on the pedal to see off veteran Neil Hughes on the 16th green. James Stammers came back from 3 down to beat Jason Evans by 2 & 1 and there were wins for Oliie Rust by 5 &4 and Tom Williams by 6 & 5. But it was all in vain for the Gogs team as the Links ran out worthy winners of the Goddard cup by 7 matches to 5.


  Foursomes          
Match no NEWMARKET Result Points GOG MAGOG Result Points
1 TOBY CRISP   0   NICHOLAS SMITS  3&2 1  
MARK BLOXHAM DAVE QUINNEY
2 ED HARPER  2&1 1   STEVE JARVIS   0  
JASON EVANS CHRIS FITT
3 MATT HARTLEY  5&4 1   JAMES STAMMERS   0  
LEE ALLEN NEIL HUGHES
4 ED DIMAMBRO  1UP 1   TOM WILLIAMS   0  
ALEX DAY OLLIE RUST
    TOTAL   TOTAL 1  
  Singles          
  NEWMARKET Result Points GOG MAGOG Result Points
1 ALEX DAY   0   NICHOLAS SMITS  10&8 1  
   
2 ED HARPER  1UP 1   STEVE JARVIS   0  
   
3 TOBY CRISP  3&1  1 DAVE QUINNEY   0
   
4 LEE ALLEN   0   OLLIE RUST  5&4 1  
   
5 MARK BLOXHAM  2UP 1   CHRIS FITT   0  
   
6 ED DIMAMBRO  3&2 1   NEIL HUGHES   1  
   
7 JASON EVANS   0   JAMES STAMMERS  2&1 1  
   
8 MATT HARTLEY   0 TOM WILLIAMS  6&5 1
         
    TOTAL 4     TOTAL 4  
             
  Match Result          
  NEWMARKET, LINKS    7  
  GOG MAGOG 5