Saturday 23 rd March saw the final of the Cambridge News Trophy played at Bourn Golf Club. A total of 14 pairs had battled through the qualifying matchplay rounds to reach the final which was a testing 36 holes of strokeplay foursomes.
The day was warm and calm, a welcome change from recent strong winds, and ideal for good scoring.
The first groups set out at 8.00 a.m. with a home Bourn pairing of Spencer Webster and Dick Inman leading the way. The majority of groups handled the treacherous first hole without too much difficulty, however as the round progressed many pairings were obviously finding trouble on later holes.
The pace of play was excellent, real foursomes pace showing how golf can be played and allowing for a good break at lunchtime.
At the end of the first round the good conditions had allowed a very good score to be set by the leaders, a nett 69 by Kevin Taylor and Andy Groves of St Ives. A few pairs were however still within reach, notably Spencer Webster and Dick Inman of Bourn with 73.5 and Jim Thompson and Adrian Reading of Lakeside Lodge with a 74.5.
As can often happen with 36 hole events the afternoon round can change things considerably. This was no exception with some pairings staying steady, some falling away whilst a few may have been experiencing the effects of a heavy lunch!
Webster and Inman produced another steady round to remain in contention. The pairing of Jack and Peter Kenyon obviously used their knowledge from the first round to make a 7 shot improvement with a nett 70.
The leaders from the morning tailed off a little and could only produce a round of nett 77 in the afternoon however this was just enough to hang on and win by 1 shot.
- Kevin Taylor & Andy Groves, St Ives GC, Nett 146
- Jack Kenyon & Peter Kenyon, Girton GC, Nett 147
- Spencer Webster & Dick Inman, Bourn GC, Nett 149
The afternoon round prize was won by Paul Groves & Robert Taylor of Old Nene GC with nett 78.