Walden in position to retain league title
PUBLISHED: 10:44 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:44 09 July 2015
Saffron Walden Golf Club is in position to retain the CAGU Scratch League Division One title following a 4-2 win over Links.
With two games to go, Walden trail Brampton Park by two points and have a game in hand over their rivals. Any slip up, however, will open the door for Ramsey, who sit one point behind Walden, to make a last-gasp attempt for the title.
The likelihood of that happening seems slim as Walden are in imperious form.
Ryan Adair was superb in his pairing with Mark Reeve, pulling two superb shots out of the bag – a three iron onto the green at the 13th and a green-seeking drive at the 14th – plus two vital six foot putts to earn a 3up victory.
The performance of Adair eased the pressure on the rest of the team but it was racked back up after the two-year winning streak of Richard Southall and Cam Brown was ended.
The disappointment allowed two other players to show their mettle, and in the new partnership between Callum Brookes and debutant Spencer Burlingham, Walden found a winning combination.
They started as though they have been playing scratch golf for years, going 3up after three holes. Links fought back but then the Walden pairing stepped up a gear, going three under though the last seven holes to secure a 4up victory.
Captain Graham Goodman said: “Without a doubt the performance of the night was that of Spencer and Callum – both players have been playing well so they deserved their chance. Burlingham’s power and Callum’s all round game proved unbeatable.
“Ryan again showed his pedigree in what proved a leading performance. Richard and Cam lost their unbeaten record but this will be a wake up call for their last two games.
“We have considerable fight and passion in our team to win so our last two games will be vital.”