Elton Furze trio chase the Cambs county title
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.