Golf: Saffron Walden scratch team beat CAGU Division 1 league favourites

12:56 19 May 2014

James Goodfellow chipping in on 8th hole.

James Goodfellow chipping in on 8th hole.

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Saffron Walden Golf Club scratch team continue to play some impressive golf as they beat CAGU Division 1 favourites Brampton Park, 4-2 at the Windmill Hill club last week.

Richard Southall.Richard Southall.

After a rain-delayed start, Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve went out first and took on arguably CAGU’s finest foursomes pairing, county captain Davies and current county champion Reeson.

In a game that produced high class golf – including Tuck’s 3 wood over the trees at the dog leg 4th and an intentional bladed chip from a difficult lie on 12 – the game was all square going into 13.

A tricky par putt on 13 that missed dropping in gave the hole to the Brampton pairing.

A magnificent wedge around the trees by Davies on 16 set up a birdie for Reeson, and they went into the 17th 2-up. Walden cut the lead to one after the 17th with a par. On the 18th both pairings hit pin-seeking irons to the flag but failed with birdie puts so Brampton won 1-up.

Next up, Richard Southall and Cam Brown destroyed the pairing of Lockhert and Earl 5-up. It is now two wins out of two for the two golf club employees. They were rampant in slotting home five birdies through 13 holes, and never looked back.

To seal the win for Walden, James Goodfellow and Ian Macdonald took on Greenhall and Hemir. The damage was done early on. They were 3-up through three and then 6-up through 11, in a round including five birdies and a superb chip-in from Goodfellow on the 8th hole. Macdonald and Goodfellow closed the game out to win by five holes on the night.

Scratch team captain Graham Goodman said: “The teams in the top division contain a number of county players but we showed as a team we can upset the form book.

“Our two and three pairings are playing impressive golf at the moment and this will be vital for the challenges ahead. We now have a week off before we play Gog Magog in a couple weeks.”

After two rounds Walden and Newmarket are on 7 points, followed by Brampton Park (6), Gog Magog (2) and Girton (2).

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