Golf: The young show hits Saffron Walden

16:53 24 February 2014

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Saffron Walden Golf Club scratch team’s pre-season schedule got underway with a 2-2 draw against Bury St Edmunds at Windmill Hill, on Sunday.

Walden’s team featured a number of new debutants in order to give them experience of scratch team golf. And they did not disappoint.

Out first the experienced pair of Olly Tuck and Ian Macdonald bounced along in two-over par to win 2-up. In the next game Ross Fraser and Charles Parmentier made their debuts and fought hard and narrowly lost 2-down having gone into the 18th hole only one down.

Next up for Walden, Ryan Hunt partnered 15-year-old County High student Callum Brookes, making his debut. They stole the show with a 4-up victory over an experienced Bury pairing. The Walden duo went through 18 holes in two over par with Hunt’s long driving and Brookes’s chipping and putting destroying the opposition.

Next up junior, captain Charlie Duke and scratch captain Graham Goodman teamed up against Coleman and Scott. After being 3-down through 11 the Walden pairing fought back to be all square through 15, only to lose the remaining holes to go 3-down.

Duke, making his debut, played exceptionally well, carrying Goodman, who was returning from injury, through the 18 holes. Most impressive was the youngster’s long game in which he nearly drove the 12th green.

Goodman was delighted. He said: “It was a great performance in our first outing of the year considering the young team we fielded.

“All the debutants played well especially Callum and Charlie who have a big future ahead of them.

“There are places up for grabs in the team this year, so the more established players will have to be playing well to keep the youth at bay.”

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