A team win thriller

Hintlesham GC was the scene of the recent Anglia League fixture between Suffolk A and Cambridgeshire A.

Out first Joe York and Jake Plumb started the match off. Two birdies in the first 9 holes saw the teacher and pupil race to an early lead. They ran out winners with a birdie half on the 15th 4&3. James McLaughlin and the inform David Marris were next up. They slotted home 5 birdies through 10 holes and ran out winners 3&1 in a high quality game. Suffolk won the last two foursomes games to finish at lunch 2-2.

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The inform Joe York started the singles against Suffolk’s top player George Fricker.York was in irresistible form producing birdies on 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 11th, 13th and stormed to a 4&3 victory with a birdie on the 15th. Marris and McLaughlin were both under par in their matches but lost 4&2 and 3&2 respectively. After finishing second in a national tournament on the Saturday, Luke Ryan was in his powerful form and won 3&2. Plumb continuing in his rapid rise shot 6 birdies and beat Hab Islam in a low scoring game 3&2. A singles loss by Loveday meant the last two games were vital for Cambridgeshire.

Davies fought back from being two down to being dormy two up. A skirmish with a mound and misplaced marker brought the score to 1 up going into the 18th with a win needed. Using his vast experience a rescue club found a bunker but a save to 3 foot and a holed putt clinched the win for Davies 1 up. The A team needed a draw in the last match to win the tie. Bowers was down early on.

A drive in the trees on the 18th looked a match drawn for Cambridgeshire. However, a wedge to 3 feet and a tricky 4 foot putt produced a birdie and a half match which meant Cambridgeshire won the singles 4.5 – 3.5. They won the match 6.5- 5.5. The B team beat Suffolk at St Neots GC 8-4.

Graham Goodman Director of county teams said “What a thriller of a match right down to the last putt.We put the experienced bankers at the back and they delivered ! What is most pleasing is to see are the youth coming through and delivering the goods for the A team”