The County Fourball has been renamed as above in memory of the serving Links Golf Club captain and former County Secretary Hamish Fleming who died after a short illness last year.
It was a dull misty morning as the 48 pairs started to arrive at Gog Magog and bobble hats, layers and waterproofs were the choice of many, apart from Danny Loveday who always plays in his shorts whatever the weather!
The 1st round scoring was of high quality with 13 pairs breaking the 40 points barrier. The leaders were Chris Brown & Christian Puttock with an amazing 45 points, which included 4 points on holes 3, 14 & 16. Chris who by all accounts, cannot read a putt to save his life, had his partner telling him the lines and he holed everything!
They were closely followed by the Links senior combination of Richard Douglas and John Tuttle who scored 43 points with 23 points coming from their last 9 holes.
Although the weather in the afternoon deteriorated with a drizzle of rain setting in, the scoring improved as the players became accustomed to the damp greens and there were 17 scores of 40 points or more.
Early leaders in the clubhouse were Craig Swallow and Danny Loveday of St Neots on 84 points. This score was then overtaken by the County Boys Champion Isaac Rowlands and his partner Ben Dickens from Ely City with 85 points. The first round leaders, out in 22 points, were determined to take the trophy back to Links and despite two single points on the back nine, came home in 20 points for 42 points and a winning total of 87 points.
In his team’s winning speech, Chris mentioned that he had won Hamish’s Captain’s prize last year, and he was so pleased to have now won this inaugural jug with Christian, presented in memory of his old friend.
The Memorial Jug was presented to the winners by Hamish’s son James, who had travelled up from his home in Wiltshire to be at the event to honour his father.
The pm round was won with a fine score of 46 points by the Gog Magog pairing of Stuart Bradford and Mark Parsons.
Many thanks go to Andrew Howarth and his greenkeeping staff for preparing the Old Course in excellent condition for early April.
Special thanks to John Attewell the bar and catering manager and his staff for looking after the players and officials so well during a long day.
Not to forget Chris in the professional’s shop for staying on late in the day to ensure that the lucky prizewinners could exchange their vouchers for prizes.
Next year’s event will be held at the Bourn Golf Club on Sunday 5th April.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Diss Photography.