Marshall’s chip clinches victory over Northamptonshire

Oulton Gc was the setting in the lovely Northamptonshire countryside for this important round of Anglia league matches last Sunday.

David Marris and James McLaughlin lead the way in the morning foursomes with a dominant display. They holed a number of long putts which set up a 6&5 win. Joe York and Luke Ryan were 3 under par through 9 holes with imperious driving from Ryan and pin seeking wedge play from York. They were 4 up through the turn but a bad few holes opened the door for the Northants pairing, before a birdie on the 14th and two pars gave the Cambridgeshire pairing a 3&2 win. Danny Loveday and 15 year old debutant Sam Marshall fought hard but were birdied and lost narrowly 1 down.

In the last pairing Josh Austin- Tierney and newly crowned County champion, Jake Plumb were at their brutal best carding 5 birdies and ran out winners 4&3. After the morning foursomes Cambridgeshire lead 3-1.

The singles started with a powerful 7&5 victory by Plumb although Marris lost 3&2.York with 3 birdies and 6 pars made him 3 up at the turn.The opposition fought back to make it all square after 15 holes. York birdied the 16th and then was at his bludgeoning best to drive the green on the 17th for a tap in birdie for a 2&1 win.

McLaughlin then lost 6&5 and Ryan lost 3&1 which set up a tense final matches. Loveday was at his charismatic best when he eagled the first and birdied the 3rd and 4th holes to go 3up. He played solid the rest of the game and birdied the 16th to win his match 4&2.

News on the course followed that Austin-Tierney was two up through 11 holes but the Northants player then shot 5 birdies to run out winner 2&1.

So it was left to Sam Marshall making his A team Anglia debut to bring home the half point for victory. What followed will live in the memory for those that watched it for many years to come.

This was a game of 12 birdies and two eagles. Marshall took an early lead 3 up having birdies on the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th. Little from Northants then had 7 birdies. They reached the 17th hole all square.

Little drove the green to 3 inches for an eagle. Marshall slightly pushed his dive right of the green but pin high. A big gallery was watching and Marshall chipped over the bunker from 15 yds and into the hole for an eagle two. All square into the 18th Marshall hit his second to 6ft. Little could only manage a four and with Marshall just missing the birdie they halve the match and Cambridgeshire won.

The singles was 4.5-3.5 to Northamptonshire but Cambridgeshire won the match 6.5 to 5.5.

This now sets up an important match with Norfolk on Sun 7th August at St Neots GC.

Graham Goodman Director of County teams said “This was an important win for us which sets up a pivotal match with Norfolk early August. The mix of experience and outstanding youth is coming through well at the moment.Special mention must go to young Sam Marshall making his a team debut in the Anglia league at 15 years of age and what a lifetime memory he will have.”

Table

1st Cambridgeshire 5 pts
2nd Leicestershire 3 pts, Lincolnshire 3 pts, Norfolk 3 pts
5th Suffolk
6th Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire A v Cambridgeshire A