The Cambridge Evening News Trophy
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Final 2017

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.

Scoreboard

COMPETITORS CLUB 1ST H/C NET 2ND H/C NET TOTAL  
David Kirk & Oliver Kirk Links, Newmarket 89 11.5 77.5 89 11.5 77.5 155
Nick Court & Dave Byatt St Neots 108 22.5 85.5 108 22.5 85.5 171
John Wood & Nigel Alban Orton Meadows 85 8 77.0 89 8 81 158
Chris Mertens & John Milton Cambridge Meridian 85 8 77.0 94 8 86 163
Graham Handscombe & Steve King Heydon Grange 97 12.5 84.5 97 12.5 84.5 169
Simon Gribble & Richie Murfitt Ely City 79 8 71.0 84 8 76 147 WINNERS
James Hart & Bob Reader St Ives (Hunts) 81 10.5 70.5 88 10.5 77.5 148 RUNNERS UP
Anant Maher & Stuart Chalmers Thorpe Wood 91 11 80.0 90 11 79 159
John Wood & Mathew Wood Bourn 86 12 74.0 88 12 76 150 3RD
Iain Caville & Stuart Randall Orton Meadows 89 12 77.0 90 12 78 155
Gary Bethnell & Ken Chatteris Ely City 91 10 81.0 83 10 73 154
Andy Gore & Scott McMinigle St Neots 86 7 79.0 84 7 77 156
Nigel Baker & Tom Strand Brampton Park 87 7.0 80.0 78 7.0 71 151 BEST PM NET
Kev Daunt & Adam Scott Elton Furze 81 4.5 76.5 83 4.5 78.5 155

 

Final 2016

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COMPETITORS CLUB 1ST H/C NET 2ND H/C NET TOTAL NET  
Graham Harding & Mark Moriarty Abbotsley 95 15.5 79.5 98 15.5 82.5 162
Simon Gribble & Stephen Tuck Ely City 82 9.0 73.0 89 15.5 80.0 153 2ND IN A PLAY OFF
Bob Chamberlain & Neil Cook Lakeside Lodge 86 16.5 77.5 101 92.5 16.5 170
Chas Vincent & Mark Canham Links 93 9.0 84.0 89 9 80.0 164
John Wood & Matt Wood Bourn 98 14.0 84.0 86 14 72.0 156 BEST PM SCORE
Gerry Eady & Tony Fryer Barkway Park 93 16.5 76.5 93 16.5 76.5 153 1ST IN PLAY OFF
Howard Thackrey & Jon Collen St Ives 91 13.5 77.5 103 13.5 89.5 167
Colin Coleman & Wilf Paulson Girton 86 7.0 79.0 95 7 88.0 167
Laurence Westrip & Tom Albrow Barkway Park 85 13.5 71.5 95 13.5 81.5 153 2ND IN A PLAY OFF
Giovanni Loia & Steven Webb The Cambridgeshire 92 12.0 80.0 100 12 88.0 168
Ady Northfield & Colin Dawkes Abbotsley 95 11.0 84.0 89 11 78.0 162
Matt Ward & Paul Wilcock St Neots 82 12.5 69.5 111 12.5 98.5 178
Garry Bethell & Ken Chatteris Ely City 90 9.5 80.5 86 9.5 76.5 157

 

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.