Jeremy Baldwin yesterday won this year’s Championship at the Links GC with a fine round of level par 72 on a day when the CSS was assessed at 75.
Jeremy, the 2017 Champion and runner up to Mick Heron last year after a sudden death play off, was in fine form despite suffering from a bad knee, which nearly caused him to pull out at the last minute. His round contained excellent birdies at holes 1, 2, 11 and 17 and his final scores could have been much better but for bogeys on two of the par 5’s, which with his length off the tee, were reachable in two shots.
Unfortunately there is no England Golf Champions of Champions event this year, cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his only reward is to represent the Midland Golf Union in the match against the UK Seniors Golf Association later this month.
Runner up was home club player Billy McQueeney, 3 shots back on 75. Billy won the Links Seniors Championship a couple of weeks ago with a fine round of 72. In 3rd place on 77 was 73 year old Neil Hughes of Gog Magog, who also lifted the inaugural Masters Trophy. In 4th place was the ever consistent John Yuill of the home club on 77 and winner of the inaugural Super Seniors Rose Bowl.
Other age category winners were 55-59 Graham Goodman of Saffron Walden on 78, who took the prize because Jeremy and Billy were awarded the gross prizes, and John Davies of Brampton Park in the 60-64 category on 78.
John wants me to point out that although he was awarded the 2nd net prize, which was of a higher value than the age category prize, he’s keen to be recognised as the age category winner of his age group, so well done John, a great comeback following recovery from your serious accident. The best net after working out all the different combinations was won by Kevin Hayes of Saffron Walden with 73 net.
My thanks must go to the Links, Newmarket Golf Club for preparing a course in great condition to hold this important championship. Although like most clubs they are suffering from a lack of rain on the fairways, the greens were running true and fast, in fact faster than they have been in many years.
The competition would not have run so smoothly without the help provided from joint County Champion Ed Dimambro, who as well as doing registration, sorted out the old boys phones to enable “live scoring” to work so well. Thanks also to Vice President Alan Duggins for acting as starter on the 1st tee for 3 hours in the hot sunshine.
Next year’s Championship takes place at the Saffron Walden Golf Club on the 5th July.