The first major competition of the year was played at the St Neots golf club yesterday on a glorious sunny day.
The course was in good condition considering the long spell of dry weather this Spring. The early scores indicated that players were finding the putting tricky due to the coring of the greens a couple of weeks ago, and because of the unusual dry weather, they had not recovered as quickly as anticipated.
Despite this, at the end of the 1st round there were eight pairs with a score of 40 points or better. Leading for most of the morning round were Vincent Davies & James Rowe from Brampton and Mbachi Knana & Allan Young from Elton Furze with 41 points. They were overtaken by the last pair out Danny Loveday of Brampton and Craig Swallow of the home club with an excellent 43 points. Danny is a current County player and former member of St Neots.
Early scores returned for the afternoon round indicated that it was going to be a close run thing. The wind speed had increased and some holes were difficult into the wind but the scoring continued to be good with a number of pairs returning 40 points or more. Former County Captain Owen Davies and his partner Tyrone Allen scored a very creditable 44 points but a poor morning round of 34 points left them off the pace.
Tied for the lead on 80 points were Owen’s father Vincent Davies and partner James Rowe who added a 39 points to their morning 41 points along with Gog Magog’s Dave Quinney and Chris Fitt also on 80 points.
The whole competition was then blown apart by the Ryan boys from Ely City. Luke, a county A team player, playing with his dad Terry, a County legend, recorded a fantastic score of 44 points to go with their 39 points in the morning for a total of 83 points. They played the last 5 holes gaining 15 points. Terry had been in tremendous form recently and won the Seniors Spring meeting at Gog Magog with a fine 71 gross in windy conditions.
The only ones left out on the course who could get near this score were Loveday and Swallow and in the end they fell just 1 point short on 82 points.
Finishing in 3rd spot with 81 points were Martin Hollands and Olly Wright, members of the Ramsey Golf Club scratch team.
Amazingly it was then revealed by Terry that he had also won the County Fourball in 2004 at the same course with his other son Carl with 78 points.
CAGU’s thanks go to the catering and bar staff for their wonderful service throughout the day and to professional and manager Paul Toyer and his staff for their invaluable assistance during and leading up to the event.
Next year’s County Fourball will be held at Ely City Golf Club on Sunday April 8th 2018.
Written by Administrator