Saffron Walden Golf Club’s scratch team all set for new season

PUBLISHED: 11:10 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:10 06 May 2016




There was plenty of action at Saffron Walden Golf Club this week.

The scratch team set up an eagerly anticipated scratch season with a 6-0 friendly victory over St Ives at the Windmill Hill Club.

In a developmental team selection the Walden boys delivered in style.

Up first Ian Macdonald and Spencer Burlingham played Thorborn and Rose and won two-up.

In the second pairing the Walden youngsters took to the course with captain Graham Goodman and Louis Martin taking on past St Ives captain Metson and Dutton.

They slotted home two birdies and went through 14 holes in two over par and ran out winners six and four.

In the final pairing, Callum Brookes and Richard Southall took on Taylor and Pritchard and delivered four birdies and ran out winners five and four.

On Friday, 50 senior players competed in the Michael Noakes Trophy. This is an annual event sponsored by Simon Noakes in memory of his father.

The winning team with 77 points was Roger Alexander, Barry Kingsley and Peter Dexter.

Despite a strong performance, Saffron Walden ladies failed to make the fifth round of the Mail on Sunday Classic, losing away at East Herts one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half.

In the lead match, Sue Gunter approached the 18th hole one down, where a fantastic shot on to the green enabled her to win the hole and secure a draw. After losing the second match, Deliah Roberts secured a victory two and one, leaving the teams level with two to play.

After Kiyoko Maclellan lost, everything rested on the last match, where Lynda Minton, giving five shots, could not overcome the strong home advantage, losing four and two.

In club competition, the senior men turned out in force for the Over 65s Cup, which was retained by Denis Brown (69) on countback from an ever young Bryan Lewis (81).

The Friendship Cup for men with handicaps below 20 was won by Michael Nuthall who saw off a strong field of 69 to win by three strokes from Ossie Esterhuizen.

Nuthall, who recently joined the club from New Zealand, believed that his previous experience of playing in fierce winds helped him in difficult conditions.

The ladies played for the Merena Cup, a foursomes trophy in which partners are drawn.

With some pairs abandoning their rounds as snow fell on the greens, Anthea Boon and Jan Rackham persevered and kept their focus, helped by Jan chipping in for a par on the 14th hole, to win with 27 points, three ahead of Helen Porter and Mary Toll.

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