December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
SAFFRON Walden Golf Club scratch team made history on Sunday after winning the Goddard Cup, CAGU’s premier club competition.
They beat Ramsey by an incredible 12-0 margin in the final to lift the trophy for the first time in the club’s history – and celebrations went on into the night.
Team captain Graham Goodman was delighetd with the performanec and said there was more to time.
He said:: “In nearly 40 years playing golf I have never experienced such a memorable day and night.
“We thought the final would be a tight affair but to win by this scoreline was truly amazing. We have a formidable unit here at the club to push for the defence of the cup next year and to regain the Division 1 title we last won in 2007.”
In the morning foursomes Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve, Walden’s marquee pairing, lead the way with a convincing 3 and 1 victory over Thorburn and Muir. Cam Brown and Tom Duggan trounced Hodgkin and Arthur 7 and 6. Ian Macdonald and Martin Start then continued the rout with a 5 and 4 victory over Hull and Gear.
Walden went into lunch with a 4-0 foursomes whitewash with Graham Goodman and Rob Booth winining 1-up against Debenham and Scott.
The Walden pairing were 3-down through 12 but a birdie on 14 and subsequent holes won meant they reached the 18th all square.
Booth then hit his 6-iron over the green and Ramsey left their shot short. Goodman then played a memorable bunker shot which was right up against the back lip and on a downhill lie to reach the green.
Under pressure Ramsey 4-putted for Walden to win the hole with a 4.
Heavy rain made conditions difficult for the afternoon singles. Walden went out big guns blazing, with Reeve coming back from being 1-down to win 1-up.
Booth beat current CAGU player, Hodgkin 8 and 6 and Tuck demonstrated his many club championship qualities and won 1-up against Muir. He had the privilege of sinking the winning putt for the cup because Walden only needed 2.5 points for victory.
Victories followed for Brown winning 3 and 2,G oodman 3 and 2, Start 7and 6 and Macdonald 6 and 4. The performance of the singles for Walden was by current club Champion Duggan who beat Arthur 3 and 2, going around in 5-under par.