Saffron Walden fight back to win the Goddard Cup
Saffron Walden scratch team won the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union Goddard Cup in a comeback of epic proportions.
On a pleasant autumnal day, Saffron Walden took on a strong Ramsey team in the final after Saffron Walden beat Gog Magog and Ramsey beat St .Neots in the semi finals. In the morning foursomes, the Walden pairings all took early leads in their matches, however Ramsey showed why they have been such a force in the cup this year, fighting back strongly at the turn. The golf was of an exceptional standard, with most holes being halved in par or won by birdies.
In the top pairing Craig Thorburn and Ollie Wright from Ramsey played consistent golf and wore Ryan Adair and Callum Brookes from Walden down to win 2up. In the second pairing Ramsey’s Glen Cripps was on a hot putting streak and with Martin Hollands powerful play were too good for Richard Southall and Cam Brown and they ran out winners by 3&2.The third group of Paul Hodgkin and Nick Gear from Ramsey then took on Walden’s Olly Tuck and Spencer Burlingham. The first 9 holes were evenly matched with Hodgkins clutch putting turning the screw into Walden. Ramsey managed to reach the 17 th hole 2 up after an error by Walden in the rough on the 16th . Ramsey then closed out the game 3&1 on the 17th hole.
There was a big prospect that Walden could go into lunch 4-0 down. This was something that Walden’s last pairing did not entertain. Graham Goodman and his partner, nearly 40 years his junior, Louis Martin proved an impressive partnership. Ramsey started with a birdie but then Goodman holed a 15ft putt for birdie to level the match on the 2nd. A birdie followed on the 9th to make Walden 2 up at the turn.Walden then forged ahead with Goodman’s belly wedge to 6inches on the 12 th from the fringe and Martin’s superb putt on 13 th for a birdie. The Walden pairing then won 6&4. The lunch score was 3-1 to Ramsey .
In the afternoon singles, Walden needed 5 and a half points to turn the match around and win the cup. Mike Nuthall gave a motivating meassage individually to his players and so all players were rearing to go and put Walden’s name on the cup for the third time in it’s history.
In the first pairing, Walden’s Adair took on Ramsey’s Thorburn, in a tightly fought match through the front 9. However at the turn Adair, who played fabulous golf tee to green throughout the match, showed his class to take a 3 up lead with the 3 to play winning the match 3&2.
In the second pairing Walden’s Burlingham took on Ramsey’s Holland, both players fought hard but by the turn Holland had a 2 up lead. Holland kept up the pressure and took the match out 4&3. In the third match Walden’s Brookes took on Ramsey’s Wright. Brookes, who was in excellent form, especially with the putter, racing to a 4 up lead through the turn, however Wright fought back strongly to bring the match back to 1 down by the 14th hole. Brookes then applied the pressure with solid golf to take the match out 3&1. Olly Tuck played consistent golf and won 4&3. Richard Southall after a birdie on the 10th closed his game out and won 4&3. Cam Brown faced an inform Hodgkin and lost 2up. As all the remaing matches reached the 15th hole the teams were at 5pts each.
It was left to the Walden stars of the morning to deliver the victory. Goodman’s cut from the fairway bunker around the front of the lip on the 16 th to the green sealed a 4&2 victory over Gear. The win for Walden was made certain by the impressive Louis Martin who slotted home 3 birdies for a 4&3 victory over Cripps.
The final result was a 7-5 victory for Saffron Walden in a turn around which had echoes of the miracle of Medinah from the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The Ramsey team showed great sportsmanship and played in a very competitive spirit and it won’t be long before success come their way. They brought over tremendous support and caddies a well. Also, many thanks go to the Saffron Walden green staff, for setting up the
course so well, and their catering staff for the much appreciated meals. The officials David Orwell, (County President), John Willams rules and Neil Hughes provided great organisation to make the day a success.
Congratulations to Saffron Walden in winning the Goddard Cup-the last time in 2014.
Adair and Brookes lost to Holland and Cripps 3&1
Brown and Southall lost to Thorburn and Wright 3&2
Tuck and Burlingham lost to Gear and Hodgkin 3&1
Martin and Goodman beat Arthur and Else 6&4
Adair beat Thorburn 3&2
Burlingham lost to Holland 4&3
Brookes beat Wright 3&1
Tuck beat Else 4&3
Southall beat Arthur 4&3
Brown lost to Hodkin 2 down
Goodman beat Gear 4&2
Martin beat Cripps 4&3
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