Saffron Walden team on top at halfway mark of golf Scratch League

PUBLISHED: 09:32 10 June 2016

Saffron Walden scratch team captain Graham Goodman

Saffron Walden scratch team captain Graham Goodman

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Saffron Walden Golf Club’s scratch team have reached the halfway stage on top of CAGU Division One after a 5-1 derby victory over Gog Magog at Windmill Hill.

The strong Magog team started with new signing Smits and his partner Williams taking on Olly Tuck and the returning Mark Reeve.

Walden won the first hole but Magog fought back.

The hosts made some errors around the green and Magog reached the 16th one-up.

The turning point came when Williams pushed his drive on the 17th and Reeve hit a three wood to a perfect position.

Smits could only hit Williams’ initial effort short of the green.

The shot of the day came from Tuck who hit a rescue to the top level of the green by the flag.

Williams hit his wedge to five feet. Smits missed his putt and Walden holed to win the hole and go into the 18th all square.

The 18th was halved so Tuck and Reeve halved the match.

Ryan Adair and Richard Southall then took on the experienced Magog pair of Quinney and Diss.

Up against it from the start Magog took a two-up advantage through nine holes.

This spurred on Adair and Southall with birdies on the 10th and 12th to draw level.

Southall hit his iron to six feet on the 18th which sent shock waves through the Magog Hills and Walden won one-up.

Bringing up the rear for Walden, the colourful pairing of Macdonald and Burlingham took on Stammers and Rusted.

They raced into a five-up lead after eight holes.

Magog fought back and they were all square after 16 holes but Walden won the 17th.

Burlingham curbed his power to hit a sublime iron shot to 10 feet on the 18th while Magog missed the green and bogeyed.

It was left to Macdonald to hole out for a two-up victory.

Captain Graham Goodman said: “This was another fighting performance by the boys.

“Gogs sent a strong side out and we more than matched them.

“We have four games left of which three are away so we will have to be more than on our game for the remaining fixtures.”

Standings: Saffron Walden 17 points; Ramsey 15; Brampton Park 13; Gog Magog nine; St Neots six.

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