The Hamish S Fleming Fourball Championship

On a gloriously sunny Autumn day, it was the unlikely alliance between France and England that turned up trumps at the Fourball Championship yesterday at the Gog Magog Golf Club. Young Olly Brunt and Grégoire Gomes of the home club swept to victory with 44+42 = 86 points to win by 2 points from ex professional Luke Bowers and his partner James Seymour, both also from Gog Magog.

Grégoire was left on his own when the partner that he had arranged to play with pulled out. He had only met Olly that week and played with him the day before for the first time. It turned out to be a great combination with 16 year old Olly, hitting the golf ball prodigious distances with his nine and a half stones, and Grégoire the steadying influence in the partnership.

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The leaders after the 1st round were Danny Loveday and Craig Swallow of St Neots with an excellent score of 45 points, closely followed by Brunt and Gomes and Iain Clark and Matthew Virgo of the Bourn Golf Club on 44 points. Unfortunately the leaders could not sustain their fine form of the morning round and quickly fell away down the pack.

The lead was changing hands every 10 minutes or so as the scores were relayed back to the leaderboard in the clubhouse on the “live scoring” system. Brunt and Gomes briefly led after 10 holes but a double bogey on the 11th hole dropped them back as Scott Cooke and Chris Cooke of Girton GC took the lead. However a similar disaster for them occurred at the 14th hole where they also recorded a double bogey.

Luke Bowers and James Seymour then jumped into the lead as Luke holed his 2nd shot at the tricky 15th hole for a fantastic eagle. 3 steady pars to finish with left Luke and James on 84 points and in sight of victory until birdies at 14 and 16 took Olly and Grégoire back to the top of the leaderboard. Pars at the last 2 holes saw them safely home as champions.

The defending champions Christian Puttock and Chris Brown of the Links, Newmarket Golf Club put up a brave fight to finish in 3rd place on 84 points, only losing out on card play off to Bowers and Seymour.  The best afternoon round was won by Isaac Rowlands and Benjamin Dickens of the Ely City Golf Club with a tremendous score of 46 points.

The Old Course at Gog Magog was in a lovely condition, despite the lack of rain that the Course Manager Andrew Howarth must be praying for, and the greens were running as fast as I’ve seen them in many a year. The club should be congratulated for allowing CAGU to reschedule the April event to September in theses difficult times, and I must say that the COVID-19 measures put in place by the club were exemplary.

Many thanks to John Attlewell and his staff for feeding and watering us all day.

Next year’s Hamish S Fleming Fourball Championship returns to it’s Spring date of 11th April and will be held at the Ely City Golf Club.