Sunday August 2nd saw the B Team Anglian League match against Suffolk.
The match was held at St Neots GC where the course was in good condition despite heavy rain the previous night. Having had a close match last time out the B’s were out for a win.
The lead pair of home players Andy Grimwood and ollie Toyer led off in the morning foursomes and were soon in control and moved ahead to make a 6&5 win.
The second pairing consisted of Paul Hodgkin stepping down from the A team to provide some more experience, and Jack Roe the County Boys Champion making his debut in the team. In the early holes the pair were looking for some form as they went 4 down. Things soon changed however and they moved from 4 down to 3 up in the space of 7 holes!! An excellent performance by both and they secured a 2&1 win.
Also making his first outing with the team in the third pair was Will McKernan who put in a great performance with Captain Isaac Rowlands for another 2&1 win and the final pairing of George Whitehall and Matt Hartley did the same.
Lunchtime therefore put CAGU in a strong position with a 4 points to nil lead and 2½ points required for the win.
The weather deteriorated during the break and the players set out in the rain.
Paul led off and quickly moved ahead. This was steadily maintained until he won 6&5. Andy’s ability and local knowledge was evident in his match securing a 4&2 win.
That was 2 of the points required but where the final half was to come from was impossible to say. The remainder of the matches were all very close and the scores were changing back and forth at every hole. Ollie was all square but could he hold on, Jack was also all square with 4 holes to play, Will was 1 up but under pressure while George had been a couple down but had got back to all square but still with a good number to play.
The Vice President and the Captain were beginning to worry!!
In the end it was Jack Roe making his first appearance who held on to all square and putting his ball on the green in regulation. Things looked good until he putted the ball 5 feet past the hole at his first attempt which caused another heart stopping moment but he safely putted out and ended winning the hole for a 1 point win. George also stayed steady and having pulled back from his losing position eventually won 2 up.
Final score CAGU 8 – Suffolk 4.
A great win for a great team performance with some excellent work by the younger players under pressure.