Title secured by Saffron Walden Golf Club
PUBLISHED: 14:26 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 08 October 2015
Saffron Walden Golf Club’s scratch team retained the CAGU Division 1 scratch league this season.
They managed to total 34 points with an impressive holes up total of 68.
Brampton Park were second with 28 and Ramsey third with 27.
Links, Newmarket and St Ives were relegated.
It was not plain sailing early on for Walden, in the first game they lost 4-2 away at Brampton Park with Owen Davies and James Reeson winning 3up against Ryan Adair and Mark Reeve.
Walden then beat Links 4-2 and Brampton Park could only draw against Ramsey.
Brampton Park then stepped on the gas in the next round and convincingly beat St Ives 6-0.
Walden faced a daunting trip to Ramsey after hearing Brampton’s victory.
In this match Reeve and Olly Tuck were on form winning 5up and after going 3down, Adair and Tom Duggan fought back and won 1up. Walden won 5-1.
Next up Walden beat St Ives 4-2 away.
Brampton Park, however, slotted home a 6-0 win versus Links which put them in the driving seat for the league.
After round six the table saw Brampton with 23 points, Ramsey 19 and Walden 15.
The pivotal match of the season proved to be round seven in June when Walden took on Brampton with Walden running out winners 5-1.
Tuck and Reeve rose to the occasion and were well under par beating Davies and Reason 8up. Adair and Brookes won 2up.
Brampton faltered again in the next round losing 4-2 at Ramsey, while Walden won 4-2 at Links with Adair and Reeve winning 3up and the find partnership of the season, Brookes and Burlingham, triumphed 4up.
Ramsey’s victory put Hodgkin’s troops in with a shout and Walden waited the following week which proved decisive.
Armed with Goodman’s bananas and apples, in the heat of the Walden evening, an all fired up Walden set about Ramsey.
Right from the start Reeve and Tuck proved irresistible and won 8up, Adair and Duggan won 5up and the pivotal game saw Richard Southall and Cam Brown win 1up.
News filtered through that St Ives upset the form book and won 4-2 home to Brampton.
This result meant that Walden won the title with one game to spare.
Graham Goodman, Walden scratch captain, said: “To retain the title is a great achievement and to win 5 CAGU titles these past three years is a credit to the team.
“This year has been the best, as we were faced with integrating new members of the team, selection decisions and bringing in the younger players.
“We have built into the team a great team spirit and never say die attitude which will be vital for the challenges ahead.”