Golf: Goodman returns to spur Walden to 6-0 victory over Links Newmarket
10:32 23 June 2014
Graham Goodman returned to action for the first time this season to spur Walden on to another emphatic victory over Links Newmarket, 6-0.
The scratch team captain made his league debut this year, stepping up after a winter of shoulder operations to make his mark on his team’s push for the CAGU Division 1 league title.
In glorious summer evening sunshine, Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve started off against Hartley and Marris. In uncharacteristic, patchy golf the Walden pairing trailed until Reeve holed in one on the 7th. From then on they fought back but were still 1-down going into the 16th. They then won the last three holes to win 2-up.
Richard Southall and Cam Brown made it five wins out of five when they defeated Parsons and Clough, 7-up. Southall carried over his fine form, winning the scratch prize with 38 points in the recent captain’s day.
Up stepped captain Goodman – playing due to the non availability of James Goodfellow and Ian Macdonald – with his partner Tom Duggan to take on Bowers and McQueeny.
Walden’s chipping was on song with Duggan making three superb par-saving chips and Goodman making a vital par-saving bunker shot on the 8th.
Walden were 1-up going into 13th but a short putt missed by Goodman meant the game remained 1-up. Newmarket won the 14th to make it all square.
Goodman made up for his miss with a 8ft par putt on 15 to keep the game all square. McQueeny drove into the bunker on 16 and Bowers, trying for the green, left the ball in the bunker so Walden won the hole and went 1-up. Newmarket’s game deserted them for the remaining holes and they then lost 17 and 18 to give Duggan and Goodman a 3-up victory.
With Brampton Park also winning 6-0, against Gog Magog, it leaves Walden three pts ahead with a much better holes up difference. Walden face Brampton this weekend in a potential title decider.