Saffron Walden Golf Club make history with scratch league hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 10:15 21 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:15 21 July 2016

Saffron Walden GC complete hat-rick of CAGU Division One titles

Saffron Walden GC complete hat-rick of CAGU Division One titles

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Saffron Walden Golf Club has completed a hat-trick of scratch league titles for the first time in its near 100 year history.

The scene was set for the conclusion of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union Division One Scratch League at Gog Magog Golf Club, with three clubs in the hunt for the title.

Gog Magog needed six points to have a hint of a chance with a game in hand and Ramsey needed six points to win if Walden slipped up.

Walden went for the tactical route in the two points they needed for the title and reversed the order while Gog Magog went all guns blazing.

Leading from the front Ian Macdonald and James Goodfellow took on Quinney and Smits.

Gog Magog raced to a three up lead with back to back birdies on the second and third holes and an incredible par on the first.

The Walden pairing played well but were up against an in-form duo and lost five down.

Richard Southall and Callum Brookes took on Stammers and Rusted. Again there was a slow start by the Walden boys who fell behind.

However, Southall showed his leadership with some pin seeking iron play. A birdie putt by Brookes on the 12th recovered the game.

Further putts by Southall on the 16th and 17th holes meant Walden reached the 18th one up. Another great iron shot from Southall on the 18th meant Walden won one up.

The clash that clinched the title for Walden was Mark Reeve and Olly Tuck’s match with Fitt and Palmer.

Reeve and Tuck were never down in this match and slotted home five birdies. Gog Magog clawed it back to one down at one point, but Tuck’s chip for a par saved them on the 13th hole. With Reeve being irresistible in his swinging Walden won five up.

News filtered through that Ramsey won 6-0 at home to St Neots so Walden empatically triumphed 4-2 without the need for goal difference.

A jubilant captain Graham Goodman said: “This season we have been through it all from injuries, loss of form to challenging order team selections, but in the end the team came through and delivered a hat-rick of scratch league titles.

“This is the first time this has happened in the near 100 year history of Saffron Walden GC.

“I feel so proud for all the team.”

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