The Order of Merit final took place last Sunday at the St Ives Golf Club. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor David Milburn of Lakeside Lodge there were £400 of prizes to be won on the day. On top of this CAGU were offering £1,000 of sponsorship towards players entry fees and travelling expenses for 2021.
Heavy rain overnight meant that the course was wet underfoot and as the players ventured out at 8:30 am it was
still raining. Fortunately the rain relented until near the end of the round for most of the field.
It was encouraging for the County team manager Graham Goodman to see 8 of the 19 man field under 21 years of age. Favourite to win the Order of Merit was Luke Ryan, the County Champion, who had amassed an impressive 500 point lead from his rivals. It was his to lose really, but with triple points for the finals, anything was possible.
Late withdrawals on the day through sickness and injury were County Captain Ed Dimambro and former County
Champion Jody Greenall. It was a shame for Ed who was still in with a chance of winning.
Early leader was 14 year old Jake Plumb of the Gog Magog GC who posted an excellent one under par 71. Jake, a youngster with bags of potential, has recently been selected to join the Regional England under 16 squad, following an excellent score around Woodhall Spa in a trial match. His score was soon matched by local club favourite Kevin Taylor, but with an inferior back 9 holes, Kevin went into 2nd place.
As the weather deteriorated so did the scores and only George Howard with a 73 came anywhere near the leaders.
Luke Ryan was coasting home until an unfortunate quadruple bogey 9 at the last had him wondering if he had handed the title to his nearest rival and playing partner Owen Davies, with whom he was playing. Owen scored a commendable 74 to Luke’s 79 and after the final tally up of points, Luke sneaked home with a final total of 1838 points to Owen’s 1800.
At the presentation, Craig Thorburn of the Ramsey Golf Club, received the Sharplin Bowl, awarded to the player who scored most points in County matches during the 2019 season.
Many thanks must go to the St Ives Golf Club for their superb hospitality on the day, with special thanks to James Hart and club captain Keith Moore for his kind words at the presentation of prizes.
Next year’s David Milburn Order of Merit will take place at the Saffron Walden GC on Sunday 18th October.
List of Prize Winners
Order of Merit
- Luke Ryan 1838 pts
- Owen Davies 1800pts
- George Howard 1515 pts
- Tom Rogers 1400 pts
- Kevin Taylor 1280pts
Best Gross – Jake Plumb 71
2nd Gross – Kevin Taylor 71
3rd Gross – George Howard 73
Best under 21 score – Alfie Guy-Pinkney 75
Best Net – James Edwards 74
2nd Best Net – Owen Davies 74
Biggest mover up the OOM – Keith Moore