The final of the Wheeler Salver, the County match play championship took place on the Gog Magog Old Course last Friday evening.
The final was between up and coming youngster Callum Brookes from the Saffron Walden GC and County veteran Owen Davies from Brampton Park GC. Owen’s main claim to fame is in being the most successful captain of the County team when in 2013 they won the A & B Anglian Leagues and also the East Anglian Foursomes Championship. Callum is only 18 years of age but has already won two prestigious County cups winning the John Durman Trophy in 2014 and the January Cup this year.
Neither golfer had ever reached the final before only to be fair to Davies he has rarely entered the event in previous years.
As the two talented golfers teed off the 1st tee the breeze was beginning to strengthen and it looks like being testing conditions.
First blood went to Owen Davies who was 1 up after 3 holes only for Callum to strike back with excellent birdies at 4 and 5 to go 1 up.
He then birdied the par 5 seventh hole to go 2 up but Owen hit back with a birdie of his own on the eighth hole to be only 1 down.
Owen then made a complete hash of the short ninth to be 2 down at the turn. He did then win the 10th hole with an excellent chip and putt after Callum 3 putted. The match remained a tight affair until Callum from being in a strong position to win the long 14th hole, missed a 3 footer to go all square.
The wind was getting stronger as the the two gladiators played the 15th hole in fading light. Brookes plays the hole badly and concedes Davies’s close birdie putt to go 1 down for the first time since early in the match. The 16th and 17th holes are halved and the pair stand on the 18th tee in very poor light with Davies one up and the referee wondering what to do if extra holes are needed to decide the result.
He needn’t have worried because a solid par on the last hole meant that Owen Davies had won his 1st Wheeler Salver and also his 1st individual title in the Cambridgeshire Golf Union.
Callum was understandably disappointed but many believe the 18 year old will go on to win many County titles and events in the future.