The annual David Hall trophy between Cambridgeshire and Essex took place at Saffron Walden Golf Club last Sunday.
The David Hall Trophy was set up as an annual friendly between Cambridgeshire and Essex. David Hall was Essex Captain between 1989 and 1992 and he played over 50 times for Essex. A friendly was started between the then Cambridgeshire captain, Neil Hughes in 1990 and David Hall. David left the captaincy to go and work in Zimababwe, where he unfortunately died in a plane crash in 2003. A David Hall Trophy was started in 2005 at Colne Valley.
In this year’s match a strong Essex side came to Windmill Hill. After the morning foursomes Essex lead 5-1. Dimambro and Thorburn would normally of won this match but May, the Essex Captains putter was hot and they lost 2&1. Davies and Crisp lost 5&3 against Richards and Dee. Brookes and Guy-Pinkney lost 2&1 in a game when a few bad decisions cost them the match. Rust and Meeds lost 4&3 and Hodgkin and Martin lost 3&1. However our last pairing of Howard and Rogers from Gog Magog playing blistering golf won 6&5.
In the singles CAGU won two of the top 3 matches. Dimambro, our captain, who is building up a reputation as a singles expert, ran out winner by 1up after some high class golf. Howard lost 4&3 to an impressive Dee. Crisp after a tight front 9 with never more than a hole in it was never in the match until the 12th hole. He won 3 holes in a row afterwards, including an almost holed pitch on the 14th to set up a birdie that put him 3up with 4 to play. He eventually won 2&1. Davies lost to May 4&2 before Thorburn halved his match with Tatam. Essex wins followed for Meads 3&2 over Rogers, Pipe 3&2 over Brookes, Humphrey 4&2 over Martin and Steffans 5&3 over Hodgkin. Guy-Pinkey battled hard against Knipes who won the English County champions last year and only lost 2&1, having lost 7&5 against him last year.
Owen Meeds for Cambridgeshire showed his power and out drove his opponent consistently by 100 yds winning 4&3 with a biridie on the 16th. Essex won the singles 8-4 and the overall match 13-5
Thanks must go to Saffron Walden GC for hosting this years match. The course gained a lot of plaudits especially after a number of courses have still not recovered from last years hot summer.
Cambridgeshire now go into period of County Fourball and County Foursomes events before the first Anglia league game against Northants on Sunday 12th May.