Sunday 4th July saw the second league match of the year for the County B team on the Wandlebury Course at Gog Magog GC.
The day threatened thunderstorms and there was a strong breeze. In the event it was fortunate that the thunderstorms did not develop however there were some annoying showers throughout. The team selected was David Marris, Owen Meeds, Axel Friberg, Harry O’Shea, Isaac Rowlands, George Whitehall, James Curran and making his debut for the full County team was 14 year old Ollie Toyer.
The breeze combined with the very heavy rough on the course became a gruelling challenge for all players and it soon became noticeable that whichever side kept the ball on the short grass won the hole.
The No 1 pairing of Ollie and David soon figured this out and went ahead early, maintained their lead and won the match 5&4. Harry and George were made to fight hard during the early holes but pulled ahead late on to win 4&3.
The other 2 games were very tight with the result remaining close to the end however, James and Axel slipped up on the last to finish with a half whilst Isaac and Owen lost by one hole. After the foursomes the result was CAGU 2½ and Norfolk 1½ so the match was still wide open. Despite the continuing showers, spirits remained high for the afternoon singles.
David Marris came up against some good opposition and although playing good golf he was beaten 3&2. Rookie player Ollie Toyer was on the receiving end of some excellent play over the first few holes with his opponent reaching 4 under par in quick time so making Ollie 4 down. Despite this opening setback, Ollie demonstrated some excellent steady play combined with steely determination and he slowly pulled his opponent back to secure a half point. This was an outstanding performance for a young player in their first match.
Two of the other youngsters also put in strong performances with Harry O’Shea winning 6&5 and George Whitehall winning 3&2. Isaac battled throughout and managed to secure another half point however despite their best efforts, the remaining players could not manage to secure the 1 additional point required for victory.
CAGU 5½ Norfolk 6½
Our thanks to Gog Magog for allowing us use of the course which was in exceptional condition, and to their staff for looking after the teams so well.