Hello and welcome to this weeks news letter.
First this weeks baby news and I'm delighted to say that Aaron has become a father for the first time. His wife, Virginia gave birth to a baby boy Zachary weighing in at 8 pounds 5. All are home and well and now the fun begins. Thats Aaron and me done for the year contributing to the population, but they always say things happen in threes so over to you Cam!
As you will see from the reports below it's been a busy week for the teams representing the club and this will continue over the next couple of weeks as the final matches are approaching with both the ladies and men's teams being in strong positions to win their leagues and get through to the relevant finals.
Good luck to all those involved.
Walden push Links to the rails and win 4-2
In the 35 degree heat at Links Golf Club, the Saffron Walden scratch team armed with Graham's bananas, apples and carbohydrate drinks, set off in a highly charged match in their pursuit of scratch league success.
Mark Reeve and Ryan Adair took on Diambro and Parsons. In an up and down match, Walden started 3 up then Links won 3 holes. Walden then went ahead 3 up. Adair was well and truly on his game with Reeve wilting in the heat, having played a medal round earlier. The defining moment was provided by Adair who hit a rapier like 3 iron on to the green on the par 5 13th and drove the green on the par 4 14th. He then holed two vital 6 ft putts to set up a 3 up victory for the glamour pairing.
Unfortunately the 2 year winning streak by Richard Southall and Cam Brown was ended by Hartley and Marris who won 2 up. Both Hartley and Marris played very consistent golf and their short game proved the decisive factor.
The stand out performance of the evening was the new partnership of Callum Brookes and debutant Spencer Burlingham against Brown and Hooper. They started as though they have been playing scratch golf for years going 3 up after 3 holes. Links fought back but then the Walden pairing stepped up a gear going 3 under though the last 7 holes. They eventually won 4 up.
Ramsey 4 Brampton Pk 2
1st - Brampton - 26pts 2nd - Saffron Walden - 24pts
3rd - Ramsey - 23pts
4th - Links - 15pts
5th - St Ives - 8ptsGraham Goodman
, captain said
"Without doubt the performance of the night was Spencer and Callum's performance. Both players have been playing well so they deserved their chance. Burlingham's power and Callum's all round game proved unbeatable. Ryan again showed his pedigree in what proved a leading performance. Ok, Richard and Cam lost their unbeaten record but this will be a wake up call for their last two games.
We have considerable fight and passion in our team to win. So our last two games will be vital at home to carry this through seeing as Brampton only have 1 game left."Metcalf and Murrey Cup
On Saturday the Metcalf and Murrey Cup was played at Saffron Walden and Newmarket.
The Saffron Walden Team won and the team at Newmarket halved, retaining the cup.
Both cups now reside at Saffron Walden.Good Win Gives Boost To Finals Chances
Congratulations once again to the Ladies Jean Wilkinson team who had a fine victory over the Ladies of The Links, Newmarket on Wednesday, 1 July
at Saffron Walden. The team won four matches, halved two, lost one (SW 10 points, Newmarket 4 points). The matches are never easy and the players had to cope with extreme heat on what turned out to be the hottest day since records began. Well done.
A big thank you to reserves/caddies and supporters Ladies' Captain Helen Porter
, Jaine Fieldhouse, Jean Burnham, Jan Rackham, Linda Kelsey, Eileen Farrow
and Valerie Oliver
With only one match remaining in the league section of this competition, away at Royston on Saturday, 4 July
, the Team is now in a very strong position to qualify for the semi finals/finals day in September.
Pictured L to R: Sue Ward, Kiyoko McLellan, Vilma Krinks, Vivienne Dondi Ladies' Captain, Helen Porter, Lynda Minton, Sue Gunter
& Barbara Nicoll