The final of the Ron Freeman Foursomes took place at the Links, Newmarket Golf Club last Saturday morning. This trophy was presented to CAGU by Sam Goddard and Andrew Blows in 1967 in memory of Ron Freeman, a former captain of the Links Golf Club who sadly died whilst in office as County Captain.
Contesting the final were home grown youngsters Dan Knight & George Whitehall playing against Paul Hodgkin and Nick Gear of the Ramsey Golf Club. Both pairs had reached the final for the first time so there was going to be new names on the Championship Trophy. Refereeing on the day was club President Andy Wylie who lost in the final with his partner back in 1987.
The golf can only be described as average through the first 7 holes with the Ramsey pair 1 up. The match came to life on the 8th hole when Nick holed a 25 footer for a birdie to put the Ramsey duo 2 up. Dan holed a monster putt for a birdie 2 on nine to get the match back to 1 down and then they moved to 1 up after 11 holes when their opponents failed to make pars on the 10th and 11th.
At the par 3 12th hole both pairs left their putts in the jaws of the hole for the match to remain 1 up to Knight and Whitehall. They then went 2 up with a birdie at the par 5 13th and holes were starting to run out for the Ramsey pair. However, a good drive from Gear finished in the greenside bunker at the short par 4 14th and a good up and down for birdie reduced the arrears to 1 hole.
The 15th and 16th holes were then halved in fours before Hodge hit a superb 8 iron 180 yds on to the par three 17th green hole to 8 feet and Nick holed the putt for birdie to bring the match all square. Both hit the fairway on the 18th and Nick hit it to 15 feet from 200 yds out while tragically George shanked their 2nd shot into the gallops to an unrecoverable position and the match was all over.
It was a great match, played in good spirit, and commiserations to the young lads from the home club who will surely be in the winner’s circle many times in the years to come. George was dashing off from the final to represent the successful CAGU boys team in the play-off final against Derbyshire Boys at the Longcliffe GC in Leicestershire.
It was County A team player Paul Hodgkin’s first win in this competition after unsuccessful attempts with other partners. Praise must go to his new partner Nick who incidentally was a member of the winning Ramsey team in the Paul Daw Memorial Trophy a couple of weeks ago.
Many thanks go to the Links, Newmarket Golf Club for once again hosting this special event.