Walden win scratch title for fourth time

08:55 14 July 2014

From left: Tom Duggan, Richard Southall, Mark Reeve, Ian Macdonald, James Goodfellow, Olly Tuck, Graham Goodman and, Cam brown (front).

From left: Tom Duggan, Richard Southall, Mark Reeve, Ian Macdonald, James Goodfellow, Olly Tuck, Graham Goodman and, Cam brown (front).

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For the fourth time in Saffron Walden Golf Club’s history the scratch team became 2014 CAGU Division One Champions, with a 4-2 away victory against Gog Magog.

Steve TrenchSteve Trench

The achievement comes just a year after promotion from Division Two and victory in the Goddard Team Cup.

A jubilant captain Graham Goodman said: “Wow, what an amazing team performance it has been to be promoted last year and then win the elite division in Cambridgeshire golf this year.

“Throughout the season we have had two of the best foursomes pairings in the league…and the third pairings have all delivered as well.

“We now look forward to The Goddard Cup semi-final against Bourn in late August and the team is determined to have even more success.”

Weather and unavailability were against Walden at Gog Magog as James Goodfellow and Steve Trench, out first, lost by one, despite an eagle on the eighth.

Richard Southall and Cam Brown blew their oppenents apart with breathtaking golf. The first few holes were tight but then the Walden pair took off, picking up and eagle on the eighth and a birdie on the 15th to finish four up.

Walden’s top pairing of Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve were held in the opening holes until a superb five-iron by the former out of rough set up a birdie on the 11th. Reeve holed a 20ft par putt on the 13th for the game to remain all square.

They eagled 14 and a three-putt mistake from the Gogs pair put Walden two-up. The 17th was halved and Walden secured the title for the fourth time.

Final standings: Saffron Walden 32pts; Brampton Park 29; Newmarket 27; Gog Magog 14; Girton 8.

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