Scratch Team Start With A 3-3 Draw
Saffron Walden scratch team started their CAGU Divison 1 campaign with a well deserved 3-3 draw away at Links GC, Newmarket.With a strong wind blowing across the racecourse links the Walden team picked up where they left off after last year's unbeaten season.
Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve started off against Crisp and Bowers. With the first few holes being won by each side, the Newmarket pairing then blew the Walden pairing apart with 4 birdies in the remaining holes, and what with Crisp's immense driving and putting, Tuck and Reeve lost 6 down.
Through 9 holes of the matches it looked as though Walden could be heading for a 6-0 drubbing, but then the final Walden pairings produced some really impressive golf. Firstly Richard Southall and Cam Brown showed their experience against Hartley and McQueen, after being two down through 10 they then won the 11th and 12th holes to make it all square. They then fell 1 down with a Hartley birdie at 15. Walden then won 16 to a par. Southall then produced one of the shots of the round with a deft chip by a tree to 3 ft to save par at 17 . The Newmarket pairing could only manage a bogey so Walden went into the 18th 1 up. They then won 18 to win by 2 holes.
In the final pairing, Goodfellow and MacDonald found themselves in a closely fought battle with Parsons and McAllister. Goodfellow was on his game, and with Macdonald's chipping and putting they were 1 up going into the last. Unfortunately Macdonald's drive found the out of bounds and a big drive and good pitch by the Newmarket pair meant the game was halved.
Captain Goodman said " The boys fought hard tonight and to gain a 3-3 draw away at Newmarket was a good start. We now have 4 home games in a row, and with home fixtures a big advantage we have to make them count"
The Ladies had a home match against Bourn (Monday 12th May), and managed a great victory by 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 (or 11 points to 3). Great result.
The team in order of play was Elaine, Kiyoko, Barbara, Paula, Marjory, Sue Funston and Viv.
The next match is on Thursday 5th June, at home, against Old Nene.
Watch this space for the latest updates from the Saffron Walden Ladies Team
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