The County Seniors Championship reached an exciting climax yesterday at the Gog Magog, Wandlebury Course when two players tied for the lead with one over par 73’s.
The 2017 Champion Jeremy Baldwin from Nene Park and the 2017 runner up Mick Heron from the home club set off for a sudden death play-off to decide the Championship.
On the 1st hole it looked all over as Mick faced a putt of 30 feet to take the match to the next hole. With nerves of steel he calmly rolled the ball into the hole for an amazing half. It was a different story on the 2nd play-off hole (the 18th) where he nervously missed a tricky 3 footer to win after Jeremy had also missed from 6 feet.
Back up the 1st hole they trudged, wishing they were in the bar downing a nice gin and tonic. Unfortunately for Jeremy, his second shot found the left hand bunker 50 yds from the green and his extraction shot finished short of the green. Mick chipped up to 15 feet for three and Jeremy chipped to 6 feet for four. Mick proceeded to charge his putt 3 feet past the hole and when Jeremy lipped out for his par Mick holed with a lap of honour around the hole to win his first Championship.
Mick Heron will now go on to represent CAGU at the England Golf Senior Champion of Champions event to be held at Frilford Heath GC in September.
The play off was played in a very amicable manner and credit must go to both players for their efforts in playing extra holes on a long and tiring course for the old boys.
Finishing in 3rd place with 75 was last year’s winner Keith Moore from St Ives with former winner Neil Hughes in 4th with a 76.
The best net was won by Roger Tacq from the Ramsey GC with an excellent 83- 14=69. 2nd in the Net category was Digby Long of the home club with 80-10=70 and 3rd Dennis Edwards with 78-7=71, also of Gog Magog.
The age category winners were as follows:-
- 55-59 Kevin Diss Gog Magog 77
- 60-64 Richard Loader Gog Magog 79
- 65-69 John Yuill Links GC 83
- 70+ Neil Hughes Gog Magog 76
A full list of scores from the 51 competitors can be found below.
The Wandlebury Course was in excellent condition although from reports, some players found the hard panned bunkers difficult to master.
The buffet as always was superb and many thanks go to John and his team for their excellent service throughout the day.
Next year’s Championship will be held at the Links, Newmarket GC on the 22nd June.