The Goddard Cup final 2019

This year’s final was between the Scratch League Champions Gog Magog and the Scratch League runners up Ely City so it promised to be a close final.

Ely were without their main man County Champion Luke Ryan but their side was full of young talent with the likes of James McLaughlin, Alfie Guy Pinkney and Isaac Rowlands and the experience of former County Open Champion Chris Nixon, Shane Hornsey and Ross Wilson.

Gog Magog were also missing a few but had strength in depth.

The surprise of the morning Foursomes was the defeat of George Howard and Ed Dimambro to Chris Nixon and James McLaughlin by 3&2. The previous day George had won the Autumn Meeting at Gog Magog with 2 rounds of 69.

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The next two matches went down the 18th hole with the Gogs coming out on top in both matches by 1 hole.

In the final match Richard Temple and Iain Sabberton raced into a four hole lead after 8 holes only to be pegged back to all square after 14 holes. They managed to recover their composure and won the next three holes for a 3 & 1 victory to put Gog Magog 3-1 up at lunch.

In the afternoon singles, former County Champion Ed Dimambro raced away from his opponent to win by 6 & 4. He was followed by former England Boy International Dominic Clemons who beat the Ely City Scratch team captain Shane Hornsey 5&3.

Further wins by Dave Quinney, Iain Sabberton, Richard Temple and Tom Williams resulted in a comprehensive victory for a strong Gogs team by 9 matches to 3.

A special mention for Iain Sabberton who came in at the last minute after an injury to Kevin Diss. Iain was making his scratch team debut and a superb putting display in his afternoon singles match against young County player Alfie Guy Pinkney saw him home by one hole after a great birdie 2 on the last hole.

Gog Magog have now completed the treble for the second time in 3 years by winning the Scratch Foursomes League, the Team Championship Shield and the Goddard Cup.

The match was played in a great spirit on a course in excellent condition. Thanks go to the Saffron Walden Golf Club for their superb hospitality on the day.