Double scratch triumph for Saffron Walden Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 10:43 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 14 July 2016

Saffron Walden Golf Club's scratch team (left to right) Jackie Smith, Spencer Burlingham, Ross Fraser, Ian Macdonald, Graham Goodman, James Goodfellow, Lynda Minton, Callum Brookes and Morag Hutcheon

Saffron Walden Golf Club's scratch team (left to right) Jackie Smith, Spencer Burlingham, Ross Fraser, Ian Macdonald, Graham Goodman, James Goodfellow, Lynda Minton, Callum Brookes and Morag Hutcheon

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Both Saffron Walden men’s and ladies’ scratch teams took to the Windmill Hill course for the Goddard Cup and Ladies’ County Golf Association Scratch League on Saturday.

In the Goddard Cup, the premier men’s cup competition in CAGU, 2014 winners Walden took on Bourn in the quarter-finals.

In the morning foursomes Mark Reeve and Cam Brown won four and three, Spencer Burlingham and Callum Brookes also won four and three, Graham Goodman and Ross Fraser won one-up and James Goodfellow and Ian Macdonald won eight and seven meaning Walden went into lunch four-up.

The Walden boys then went off with a barrage of birdies in the afternoon singles starting with Reeve sitting three-under before winning seven and six against Bourn’s captain Clark.

Brown then won five and four while MacDonald, lying a couple under at one stage, won six and four

Burlingham won by the same scoreline and Goodman came to life with two birdies on the back nine to win four and three.

Finally, Goodfellow capped the success off with a eight and six victory.

This was an emphatic 11-1 triumph by Walden, which sets up a semi -final match against either Newmarket or Elton Furze.

In the ladies’ scratch league game, wins by Lynda Minton and Morag Hutcheon pushed Walden to a 4-2 victory over Brampton Park.

n The traditional inter-village competition at Walden Golf Club attracted 16 teams, each of four players.

Windy conditions made golf difficult but not for the winning team of Paul Linwood, John Shaw, Steve Lillywhite and Ossie Esterhuizen from Thaxted, who were runaway winners with 108 points.

Thaxted finished six clear of Vilma and Roger Krinks and Lynda and David Minto.

The winners were playing together for the third year running and were delighted to win this year, having finished third in 2015.

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