The county started their preparation for the league season with a convincing victory at Bourn GC against Bedfordshire.
In the opening foursomes captain Craig Thorburn and his partner Paul Hodgkin played Craig and Spooner. In a tight match with some early season rusty play the CAGU pairing won 1 up. Next up fresh from winning the last winter series, Joe York and his partner George Howard took on Lovell and Osbourne. They wore their opposition down with some powerful golf and the CAGU pairing won 2&1.
A further win followed for County B team captain Isaac Rowlands and his fellow Ely partner James McLaughlin 3&2. A half followed for Callum Brookes and George Whitehall, before Tom Rogers and 14 year old Jake Plumb in his debut won 3&1. The last pairing of Owen Davies and Luke Bowers lost 2&1 to Armitage and Manley.
So after the morning foursomes CAGU took an impressive lead 4.5 to 1.5.
In the afternoon singles Howard played blistering golf with birdies on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and a hybrid in the stream. He went on to win 6&4. Captain Craig came back to earth after winning the Winter series and fought hard but lost 3&2 to Darnell. Hodgkin wore his opposition partner down winning 4&3. He was one down early on but with 2 birdies never looked back.
Joe York our new boy to CAGU golf continued his impressive morning start and out gunned his opponent 5&3. Callum Brookes continued the early wins for CAGU slotting home 2 birdies to finish 2 under par and winning 5&3.
The two U18 players fought hard but unfortunately lost -Whitehall losing 5&4 to Craig. Plumb was 2 down with 4 to play and fought back to 1 down but lost after halving the 18th . It was left to James McLaughlin to seal the victory with steady golf delivering a victory 5&4.
The remaining matches came in with Luke Bowers losing 2&1 and Tom Rogers 4&3. Rowlands won 4&3 and Owen Davies 2&1 to complete the victory 11.5 to 6.5.
Graham Goodman our Director of County teams was impressed with the victory. He said “ We had a successful Winter Series which meant the boys came into our first serious match golfed in. Special mention must be made to our county debutant, Joe who scored maximum points.Also scoring maximum points were George , Isaac and James. We introduced some U18 players into the match and they performed admirably, George gaining a half in his foursomes and Jake winning his foursomes and fighting hard to only lose 1 down in his singles. Thanks go to Bourn GC for hosting and for setting up the course well in wet challenging conditions.”