It was a glorious sunny day when the competitors set out for 36 holes of foursomes medal play yesterday at the Girton Golf club.
The course was in wonderful condition for late March and although foursomes is a difficult format to score low, much was expected from a field that contained more than 50% of single figure handicaps.
Early scores suggested otherwise until Simon Gribble and Richie Murfitt from Ely City recorded an excellent 71 net. James Hart and Bob Reader of St Ives then came in to pip them by half a shot with a fine 70.5 net.
In 3rd place with 74 were John and Mathew Wood of Bourn and then there was a gap to three other pairs on 77 net.
The two leading pairs struggled to the turn in 45 and 44 respectively and at this stage the leaders after 27 holes were John and Mathew Wood, who, with 12 shots to play with, were out in a very respectable 42 strokes. Unfortunately for them they then dropped 7 shots in the next 3 holes and fell out of contention.
In the end Gribble and Murfitt held it together on the back nine to come home with a net 76 and a winning total of 147, closely followed by Hart and Reader with 148.
In 3rd place were John and Mathew Wood from Bourn with a score of 150.
The afternoon net prize went to Nigel Baker and Tom Strand of Brampton Park with a 71 net.
Our thanks go to the Girton Golf Club for the 1st class hospitality from the bar and catering staff and to the head greenkeeper and his staff for their excellent preparation of the course.
Next year’s Cambridge News finals will be held at the Gog Magog Golf Club on Saturday 24th March.
After 36holes of competitive foursome golf Barkway finally managed to win the Cambridge Evening News after a 2 hole playoff with Ely City and another Barkway team.
Gerry Eady partnered by Tony Fryer won the Championship with a par 4 on the 2nd hole, using their shot to to made a nett 3 against two excellent 4's scored by both Ely City and the other Barkway team.
The Brampton Park course proved a tough test on the day, but all the competitors enjoyed the courses excellent condition and the weather whist cold remained mainly dry.
The Cambridge Evening News Trophy was first played for in 1965 when it was won by St Ives and remains a major competition on the CAGU calendar.
The Cambridge Evening News Trophy
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