Golf: Saffron Walden reach Goddard Cup semi-finals after defeat of Ramsey

SWGC’s Goddard Cup team, from left, Tom Duggan, Richard Southall, Mark Reeve, Ian Macdonald, James Goodfellow, Olly Tuck, Graham Goodman and (kneeling) Cam Brown. SWGC’s Goddard Cup team, from left, Tom Duggan, Richard Southall, Mark Reeve, Ian Macdonald, James Goodfellow, Olly Tuck, Graham Goodman and (kneeling) Cam Brown.

Friday, July 4, 2014
9:49 AM

Saffron Walden scratch team beat Ramsey 6.5 to 5.5 to reach the semi-final of the Goddard Cup.

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It was a hard fought victory for cup holders Walden against a team they had thrashed 12-0 in last year’s final.

Walden captain Graham Goodman said: “We thought it would be a fight but not that close.A gain the will to win in our team at the moment is there to carry us through.”

he morning foursomes did not go Walden’s way. Only the pairings of Tom Duggan and Ian Macdonald winning 4&3, and Cam Brown and Richard Southall halving their game after winning the last two holes, put points on board. At lunch Walden were trailing 2.5 to 1.5.

So it needed a big effort to pull the match off in the pouring rain. Out first Brown lost to Muir 3&2. Mark Reeve, playing blistering golf with a number of birdies, ran out 4&3 winner over Shakespare.

Olly Tuck came up against fellow county colleague Hodgkin and fought hard but lost 3&2. Duggan then started the winning streak for Walden beating Cripps 3&2. His power game was on song and he out shot his partner.

Macdonald continued his morning form beating Wright 3&2.

Walden captain Graham Goodman, being out driven by Gear by more than 100 yards, slotted home birdies at the 1st, 4th and 11th holes to win 3&2.

To seal the win the Southall muscled out his opponent Hollands 4&2 with a winning birdie on the 14th. And, in the last pairing, James Goodfellow lost to Hull 3&2.

“Special mention must go to Tom Duggan and Ian Macdonald who scored maximum points,” said Goodman. “Ian completed a dawn to dusk challenge for charity earlier in the week so it was a particularlt good performance.”

Walden now play Bourn away in the semi-final.

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