The Paul Daw Memorial Trophy was held last Sunday on the Gog Magog Old Course. The event was founded in 2018 to commemorate the sterling work by the late Paul Daw on CAGU Friendly Golf.
Paul started the Friendly Golf in the early 1990’s following the emergence of a number of new golf courses in the County. These clubs were finding it difficult, if not impossible, to arrange matches with the established clubs so Paul thought if that’s the case we will form our own leagues and play one another.
He also formed junior leagues and senior competitions that ran successfully for over 25 years. So successfully in fact that after Paul’s death three years ago, CAGU decided to take over the Friendly Golf competitions and leagues and they have been renamed CAGU Inter Club and are now administered by Bob Chamberlain of Lakeside Lodge GC.
30 teams of 4 players from 14 clubs within CAGU entered for this new prestigious competition as well as a team from the CAGU boys and the Gog Magog ladies. Also invited to play were club professionals or their assistants. The handicap limit was 20 so it was an all-encompassing event for all levels of golf within the County.
The first team to tee off at 8:00am were the Gog Magog C team, and they recorded a fine score of 88 Stableford points from the best 2 scores on each hole from the team of four. They had an unbelievable front nine holes of 48 and a steady 40 points coming home, somewhat spoiled by only scoring 14 points on their last 4 holes.
Their hopes of lifting the trophy were dashed just an hour later when the Ramsey team, led by County A team player, Craig Thorburn, came in with 91 points, scoring a massive 49 points on the last nine holes. They managed 11 birdies between them which included 8 points at the par five 14th hole.
Teeing off near the end at 12:00 noon were the Ely City C team led by 9 handicapper John Mynott and they raced to the turn in 46 points. Their good form continued on the back nine coming home in 45 points to tie the lead, only to lose out on the Team Championship to Ramsey on a card play-off, decided on the best back nine holes. They will be ruing the fact that their 2nd best score on the 14th hole was a net 6 for only one point.
Paul’s wife Marguerite kindly presented the Ramsey GC team with the magnificent trophy after welcoming speeches by the Gog Magog Lady Captain Keren Williams and County President David Orwell.
Everyone enjoyed the day and the “friendly” format of the competition and hopefully it will continue for many years to come.