El­ton Furze trio chase the Cambs county ti­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

THE bat­tle to be crowned Cam­bridgeshire’s finest am­a­teur golfer will take place at Saf­fron Walden this week­end.

And there will a healthy con­tin­gent of city golfers in a top class field with county stars Jody Greenall, Ed Con­duit and El­ton Furze club­mate Adam Pike all due to take part.

But to get their hands on the tro­phy the lo­cal trio will first have to over­come Cambs team-mate Lee Yearn, who will be bid­ding to de­fend his ti­tle over the 6,602-yard par 72 course.

Yearn won an in­cred­i­ble eighth county crown in a play-off at Gog Ma­gog last sea­son and starts as a strong favourite to re­peat the feat but Greenall, Con­duit and Pike all have a de­cent chance to up­set the form­book.

The field of 70 will play 36 holes in medal for­mat on Satur­day with the top 30 play­ers mak­ing the cut for an­other 36 holes to de­cide the cham­pion on Sun­day.

TOFT ju­nior star Scott Freer set him­self up for a siz­zling sum­mer by shoot­ing a sea­son’s best at Toft.

Nick­named ‘Freekie’, the 17-year-old Lin­colnshire county star scorched his way round in five un­der par with a gross 67 that in­cluded five birdies and a bo­gey at the last dur­ing a midweek stable­ford.

And while his score was still one shot off his best mark round the un­du­lat­ing course near Bourne, the 1.7 hand­i­cap­per is con­fi­dent his re­gal round can be a spring­board to suc­cess over the next few months.

He said: “It was cer­tainly my best round of the sea­son so far. The only dis­ap­point­ment was that I dropped a shot at the last, oth­er­wise it would have equalled my per­sonal best, al­though my 66 was not shot in a com­pe­ti­tion so it doesn’t re­ally count.

“Shoot­ing so low bodes well for the rest of the sum­mer. I am go­ing to be fo­cus­ing a lot on the Mid­land Or­der Of Merit events and hope­fully I can keep it go­ing.

“There are also lots of county matches com­ing up for Lin­colnshire and I am de­ter­mined to do well in those too if I am se­lected.

“Play­ing county golf is a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me and as the stan­dard is very high it will help me get the ex­pe­ri­ence I need to re­alise my dream of one day turn­ing pro­fes­sional.”

JOHN Og­den and Paul Hub­bard are Toft’s new pairs cham­pi­ons af­ter edg­ing a thrilling four-way bat­tle royale.

Og­den and Hub­bard scored 43 stable­ford points to win the event by a soli­tary point from Emile Van Der Merwe and Daniel Tam­bur­rini who were snap­ping at their heels with 42.

And that was the same score recorded by Roy McAl­lis­ter and win­ter pairs knock­out win­ner Roger Osborn in third and Tim Richardson and Simon Wall who ended the day fourth on count­back.

AT Thorpe Wood Carol and Nigel Al­ban were cel­e­brat­ing a match made in heaven af­ter land­ing the Mar­will Salvers.

The hus­band and wife duo carded 37 stable­ford points to win the event from Mar­wyn Wat­son and Neil Crees on 36 with Karen Black­lock and Mick McCreary in third on 34.

While over at Old Nene Colin Har­ness is the new holder of the Fletcher Cup. Har­ness picked up 42 points to win the event by three from run­ner-up Steve Young.

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