County Championship 2016
Written by Administrator
Monday, 13 June 2016 19:30

It was ideal conditions for golf as the best golfers in the County gathered for the 1st round of 2016 County Championships at the Gog Magog Old Course.  The course was in the best condition that I have seen it since the early 1980s. Although in magnificent condition for the Championship it was going to be difficult with the fescue rough up to 3 feet high to severely test any wayward golf shots. The greens were fast and true with some testing pin positions that would catch out anyone not on their putting game.

Early 1st round scores indicated that the course was taking its toll on many of the early starters with a 76 from Mbachi Knana and then a number of 77’s the best scores on the board.

The big guns were out at the rear of the field and by the end of the morning the scoring had improved considerably. Leader in the clubhouse after round 1 was County Champion James Reeson with a fine 68, closely followed by his club team mate Danny Loveday on 70, with Dave Quinney of the home club next on 71.

The highlight of the afternoon round saw Nicholas Smits recover from an outward score of 3 over par with 30 shots for his last nine holes for a 68 and a 36 hole total of 141. Nicholas is an American who recently joined the Gogs and finished 9th in the Lagonda and his ambition is to secure a place on the European Tour. This however was not enough to secure the lead as Reeson, playing with Smits,  almost matched him with a 32 for his last nine holes to post a score of 139 and retain the lead going into Sunday.

2 shots further back was Loveday on 143, with County Vice Captain Mark Reeve on 144.

There were no real fireworks in the 3rd round as Reeson and Smits posted 74’s, Loveday 75 and Reeve 77. Going into the final round the lead was still two, with Loveday a further 3 shots back, then young Callum Brookes of Saffron Walden, six shots off the lead with a fine 71. Other good scores on Sunday morning were by Jason Evans of Links with a 69 and home club youngster Ollie Rust with a 70.

It was a special afternoon for Mbachi Knana, the current captain of Elton Furze Golf Club who had his 1st ever hole in one at the 17th hole and was presented with a memento at the prize giving to mark the occasion.

The final round developed into a battle between the two pre tournament favourites James and Nicholas, as other contenders fell away one by one. By the 10th hole the American had drawn level, being out in level par 35 opposed to James’s 37. However a birdie for James at the difficult 12th hole and a dropped shot by Nicholas at the 16th hole saw the defending champion home by 2 shots to win his 3rd championship in 4 years.

I was impressed with the performances of our youngsters in this championship with 14 years old Ollie Rust finishing 5th , Callum Brookes 8th, David Marris 11th ,who recovered well from an opening 84 to finish with rounds of 73, 72, 73, and finally 14 years old Owen Meeds from St Neots who finished a creditable 18th out of a field of 58 competitors. The future looks very bright for the Cambridgeshire team in the years to come.

The January Cup which is the net championship, played for over 36 holes on the Saturday, was won by Callum Brookes with 142 net. Second on 143 net was Mbachi Knana, who was just pipped at the post by Callum late in the day.

 The Championship Shield was won by the Brampton Park team with an overall score of 432 with Gog Magog 2nd on 438. Brampton now go on to represent the County in the English Champion club tournament at Stoke By Nayland Golf Club, Suffolk on the 17/18 September .
 I would like to pass on my thanks to all of the referees, starters, card checkers, and others who gave their support during this long weekend of golf.

A special thanks to the Gog Magog Golf Club, captain John Evans for his support during the weekend, manager James Fuller, professional Harry Harrison, John and his bar staff, Alan and the caterers, and finally to Andrew Howarth the course manager who efforts on the course over the past 5 years have brought the premier club in Cambridgeshire back to the top of the pile. All of the competitors were very complimentary about the condition of the course and as a test of golf, the word most used over the weekend was “brutal”!

The members of the club must feel very privileged to play a course that is in such excellent condition.

 Next year’s Championship takes place at the Brampton Park Golf Club on the 10/11 June 2017.

 

Scoreboard

 

  COMPETITOR CLUB Round 1. Round 2. TOTAL GROSS Round 3. TOTAL GROSS Round 4. TOTAL
1 James Reeson Brampton Park Golf Club 68 71 139 74 213 70 283
2 Nicholas Smits Gog Magog Golf Club 73 68 141 74 215 70 285
3 Dave Quinney Gog Magog Golf Club 71 75 146 76 222 69 291
4 Mark Reeve Saffron Walden Golf Club 72 72 144 77 221 70 291
5 Oliver Rust Gog Magog Golf Club 77 74 151 70 221 72 293
6 Danny Loveday Brampton Park Golf Club 70 73 143 75 218 77 295
7 Owen Davies Brampton Park Golf Club 74 76 150 74 224 71 295
8 Callum Brookes Saffron Walden Golf Club 77 71 148 71 219 78 297
9 Ed Dimambro Links Golf Club 76 72 148 77 225 73 298
10 Jason Evans Links Golf Club 75 79 154 69 223 79 302
11 David Marris Links Golf Club 84 73 157 72 229 73 302
12 Olly Tuck Saffron Walden Golf Club 76 73 149 77 226 77 303
13 Luke Ryan Ely City Golf Club 73 79 152 76 228 76 304
14 James Stammers Gog Magog Golf Club 79 76 155 81 236 72 308
15 Kevin Diss Gog Magog Golf Club 73 83 156 75 231 78 309
16 Paul Hodgkin Ramsey Golf Club 78 78 156 77 233 76 309
17 Adam Scott Elton Furze Golf Club 82 74 156 78 234 75 309
18 Owen Meeds St. Neots Golf Club 86 75 161 73 234 78 312
19 John Summerfield Elton Furze Golf Club 80 79 159 76 235 77 312
20 Simon Russell St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 77 78 155 79 234 79 313
21 Mbachi Nkana Elton Furze Golf Club 76 77 153 79 232 83 315
22 Ed Harper Links Golf Club 81 80 161 77 238 77 315
23 Mark Bloxham Links Golf Club 76 83 159 75 234 82 316
24 James Clough Links Golf Club 77 81 158 78 236 80 316
25 Adam Morley Brampton Park Golf Club 82 76 158 80 238 81 319
26 Bill Rusted Gog Magog Golf Club 81 74 155 82 237 83 320
27 Shane Hornsey Ely City Golf Club 79 81 160 80 240 82 322
28 Josh Muir Ramsey Golf Club 80 81 161 96 257 86 343
29 Ryan Woods Ely City Golf Club 74 78 152 81 233 NR NR
30 James Fitch St. Neots Golf Club 77 78 155 86 241 NR NR
  MISSED CUT              
31 James Bradford St. Neots Golf Club 77 85 162    
32 Spencer Burlingham Saffron Walden Golf Club 77 86 163    
33 Joe Timms Nene Park Golf Club 82 81 163        
34 Martin Hollands Ramsey Golf Club 86 77 163        
35 Nigel Baker Brampton Park Golf Club 85 79 164        
36 Stuart Entwistle Brampton Park Golf Club 82 84 166        
37 Mark Priestley St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 83 83 166        
38 Karl Andrews Girton Golf Club 83 84 167        
39 Jack Kirby Ely City Golf Club 84 83 167        
40 Alex Day Links Golf Club 84 83 167        
41 Paul Rose St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 85 82 167        
42 Chris Fitt Gog Magog Golf Club 86 81 167        
43 Lance Key Gog Magog Golf Club 88 80 168        
44 Tom Rogers Gog Magog Golf Club 77 91 168        
45 Peter Dean Girton Golf Club 84 85 169        
46 James McLaughlin Ely City Golf Club 88 81 169        
47 Mike Evans Girton Golf Club 85 85 170        
48 Chris Wright Brampton Park Golf Club 85 88 173        
49 Mark Lydon Bourn Golf Club 88 85 173        
50 Anthony Smith Saffron Walden Golf Club 84 89 173        
51 John Reeve Saffron Walden Golf Club 85 89 174        
52 James Else Ramsey Golf Club 87 90 177        
53 Matt Page Brampton Park Golf Club 93 89 182        
54 James Hart St. Ives (Hunts) Golf Club 94 92 186        
55 Colin Mynott St. Neots Golf Club DQ DQ        
56 Alan Davie St. Neots Golf Club 84 NR NR        
57 Graham Goodman Saffron Walden Golf Club 78 NR NR        
58 Josh Austin-Tierney Gog Magog Golf Club NR NR        

 

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