Cambs pip big rivals Northants
CAMBRIDGESHIRE got their Anglian League campaign off the ground at the weekend with a close fought win in their derby clash with Northamptonshire.
Having come close to lifting the trophy for only the second time in 40 years last season, Cambridgeshire began their 2010 campaign in disappointing fashion last month with a 7-5 defeat at the hands of defending champions Lincolnshire.
So Sunday’s clash with Northants at Ely Golf Club was always going to be crucial as it gave the winners a chance to haul themselves off the bottom of the table and into contention with two games played.
And thanks to a 6.5-5.5 win against their fierce local rivals, Cambridgeshire - who feature Elton Furze stars Jody Greenall and Ed Conduit in their side - are back moving in the right direction.
Greenall said: “I always said that I thought this was going to be a very tough, tight match and the score just goes to show how right I turned out to be. After the morning foursomes we were up 2.5 to 1.5 but at the halfway point of the singles in the afternoon we were down in six of the eight matches.
“We fought back but as the second last man out on the course I knew we would need to take a half from my match to get a result and thanks to a birdie at the 17th we managed to do it.
“It is hard on Northants as they are a really good side and I think we have beaten them 6.5 to 5.5 the last three times we have played.
“It was tight but we got an important win as it keeps our Anglian League challenge alive.”
Cambs now face three tough away trips to Norfolk, Suffolk and Leicstershire knowing anything less than three wins will see their chances of improving on last season’s runners-up spot go out of the window.
“It is going to be very hard, but if we can grind out some results we still have a chance of catching Lincolnshire, who have won this title for the last three or four seasons,” added Greenall.
Cambridgeshire’s next Anglian League fixture will be at Cotessey Golf Club in Norfolk on July 4.
THE prestigious Cantrell Cup at Peterborough Milton attracted a stellar field for its 10th anniversary including local pros Stuart Brown and Matt Thorpe, leading amateurs Adrian Firman, Tom Burgh, Richard Cole and Jamie Hibbert, plus European tour professional Simon Lilly, who was using the event as a warm up for this weekend’s Portuguese Open.
But the event, which has a professional/amateur pairs format and involves a best gross score in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon, was won by Northampton pair Nicko Soto and Lewis White.
THE 36-hole Quincentenary Cup will be held at Burghley Park Golf Club on June 27.
The Cup was donated to mark the 500th anniversary of the award of the Royal Charter to Stamford and the event is open to any male players with a single figure handicap.
The Quincentenary is also a qualifier for the Single Figure Golfer national challenge and costs £30 to enter - including lunch.
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