With Paul Hodgkin captaining the Cambridgeshire teams’ first visit to Ramsey, his home club, their game did not get off to the best of starts when Northamptonshire chipped in for eagle on the first hole however wins on the third and fourth holes plus Jack Roe’s birdie putt on 10 putting Cambridgeshire 2 up, Cambridgeshire had a good start when the first foursomes match finished 3&1.
Harry McDonald and Joe Austin had a harder time and their game was halved all through to the 11th hole. With Joe Austin’s 40ft bunker shot at 16 to 4ft being subsequently being sunk by Harry McDonald after Northamptonshire had holed a 10ft putt to maintain their one-shot lead and eventually running out winners 2&1.
Having four birdies, playing the par 3’s two under gross and finishing their round one under gross, Jamie Price and George Whitehall maintained control throughout and completed their game 2&1 in Cambridgeshire’s favour.
The final morning pairing of Rob Hughes and Louis Martin had a sterner task and, from being two down at the fourth hole, fought back to all square at the turn. Maintaining a one hole deficit until the 17th hole, they finally succumbed on the 18th hole when Northamptonshire drove the 294 yard par four green to win the game 2&1.
With both sides even after the morning session, Paul Hodgkin was the epitome of a fighting captain for the afternoon singles session when, after going four down at the 13th hole, he battled back to all square at 18.
Jack Roe, Harry McDonnell & Joe Austin maintained control of their games throughout running out winners 3&2, 2&1 and 3&2 respectively. George Whitehall faced a much tougher opponent, who had three birdies to wipe out George’s 3 hole lead after four holes and who subsequently went on to win 3&1.
With a birdie on the fourth hole to go one up, Rob Hughes found himself level at the turn. Undaunted, Rob took control of the back 9 holes finishing 3&2 and giving Cambridgeshire the much-deserved win in the match.
Louis Martin, in the last match, demonstrated the determined spirit of the Cambridgeshire team when four down after 11 holes. With his opponent pin high at the edge of the 12th green and Louis’ ball lost in the trees, he insisted on returning to the tee to play a second ball and, with an approach shot leaving a 14ft putt, he missed halving the hole in 5’s by the smallest of margins.
Again, Cambridgeshire’s ability, fight, determination and team spirit has seen us through another match.
Overall Result: Cambridgeshire 6½ – Northamptonshire 5½