The final of the Goddard Cup was played yesterday at it’s usual venue on a glorious sunny day. The cup was presented many years ago by brothers John and Sam Goddard, both of Saffron Walden Golf Club and County stalwarts for many years, winning many CAGU championships between them.
This year’s finalists were Ramsey Golf Club and Ely City Golf Club who both had excellent wins in the semi finals against Links GC and Gog Magog GC respectively.
Unfortunately Ramsey were without their scratch team captain Ollie Wright who was really suffering with a bad back but was there to support his team and give out refreshments from his buggy to his team members, their caddies, and on occasions the opposition!
The 4 morning foursomes finished with honours even at 2-2, with Ely City taking the top two matches and Ramsey fighting back to win the remaining two matches.
There were wins for James Mclaughlin/Isaac Rowlands and Ryan Woods/Ashley Sizer for Ely City and Martin Hollands/Nathan Long and Karl Arthur/Glenn Cripps for Ramsey.
Ely City got off to a fast start after lunch in the singles matches and were up at the turn in all but one match. The 4th match out pitted two former County Champions against one another, Luke Ryan of Ely who was champion in 2019 and Karl Arthur of Ramsey, champion way back in 2002, how the time flies! On this occasion Luke was too strong for Karl and came out the winner by 4 & 2.
Unfortunately the fight back by Ramsey on the back nine holes did not materialise and Ely ran out winners of the final by 9 matches to 3. Ramsey’s only win came from Nick Gear with a convincing 6 & 5 victory over his Ely opponent.
It’s worth mentioning that Shane Hornsey, the Ely City Goddard Cup captain had an excellent win against Paul Hodgkin, a current county A team member by 3 & 2.
A special thank you to Mark Harvey, the captain of the Saffron Walden Golf Club for the special hospitality shown to CAGU officials and competitors on the day.
The course was in its usual splendid condition and praise must go to Ian Cambridge and his staff for presenting a very special 18 holes. The catering, as always was superb and all player and officials were well looked after by the bar staff.
Last but by no means least, I must mention the referees John Williams and Ron Cowper who were both out on the course all day as usual, assisting the players with decisions when needed and keeping the play moving.
The season draws to an end with the Paul Daw Memorial Team Handicap Trophy at Gog Magog next Sunday and the final of the Jock Stewart Memorial Trophy at the Links Golf Club on Saturday 25th September.