Division 1 beckons
Judgeford’s top interclub golf team are rubbing their hands in anticipation of tackling the big boys next summer.
For the first time since 2000, Judgeford have fought their way into division 1.
The team were convincing division 2 winners and, after losing their first promotion-relegation playoff match with Manor Park, their fate hinged on their match against Boulcott in Masterton.
‘‘ We were playing for that single spot and the boys were absolutely up for it,’’ captain and manager Joe Cuthers said.
‘‘ We’d prepared well, had a great summer and knew what this meant.’’
After the foursomes, Judgeford trailed 3-2 and the outlook wasn’t great – they needed to win more than half the singles matches in the afternoon.
‘‘We wanted to put pressure on in the first four games and as it turned out we got 3.5 points out of four,’’ Cuthers said. ‘‘We were doing high fives between the fairways and it sent shockwaves around the course.
‘‘You could tell Boulcott were feeling the pressure when the games got close. It just started to snowball.’’
Judgeford won the match with a singles game to spare. Cuthers said the joy and relief was palpable.
Club captain Ben Cribb won his singles to give Judgeford a 81⁄ 61⁄ win.
But there were no raucous celebrations or trampling over the 18th green like Justin Leonard in