Di­vi­sion 1 beck­ons

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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

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