El­ton Furze are county kings

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JAMES WEST­GATE

EL­TON Furze could be on the cusp of a sum­mer to re­mem­ber af­ter a ter­rific show­ing at the Cam­bridgeshire County Cham­pi­onships.

Al­though no player from the club was able to stop reign­ing cham­pion and Cambs county king, Lee Yearn, com­plet­ing a hat-trick of ti­tles over the week­end, El­ton did man­age to claim the team ti­tle.

The awe­some four­some of Jody Greenall, Ed Con­duit, Adam Pike and Matthew Whitwell all de­liv­ered solid per­for­mances with El­ton club cham­pion Con­duit the pick of the bunch in third place with a level par 288 fin­ish for four rounds.

Slightly fur­ther down the field was Greenall in ninth, a po­si­tion the for­mer county cham­pion had hoped would be rather higher bear­ing in mind his past form at Saf­fron Walden.

He said: “We were ob­vi­ously de­lighted to have won the team event but of course we were all hop­ing to do a lit­tle bet­ter in the in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion.

“Per­son­ally speak­ing I trav­elled with high hopes as I won the county ti­tle there back in 2004 but over the first two rounds I was just a bit off the pace, al­though I would still have ex­pected to fin­ish higher in­di­vid­u­ally.

“But the best team award is a great con­so­la­tion for all of us. It is given to the best three play­ers over the first 36 holes and come the af­ter­noon on Satur­day we all knew that we had a great chance and with Ed in par­tic­u­lar play­ing so well, we man­aged to bring it home for the club.

“The team we have down here at El­ton is very strong and I think that our re­sult over the week­end just un- der­lines that fact.”

With Greenall, Con­duit and Pike all now play­ing off plus one, there is no doubt­ing the qual­ity of El­ton’s top string who have plenty of other tar­gets lined up this sum­mer.

The Cam­bridgeshire Scratch League still re­mains within their sights while a semi-fi­nal spot in the God­dard Cup of­fers an­other route to sil­ver­ware.

“We are half way through our scratch league sea­son and while it will be tough to catch the lead­ers Ely, we still have a chance to do it with a num­ber of home fix­tures com­ing up,” added Greenall.

“In the God­dard Cup we have Gir­ton at Ab­bot­s­ley which is the same for­mat as the Anglian League county games with four­somes in the morn­ing and eight sin­gles matches in the af­ter­noon. To win it we will need good per­for­mances from ev­ery­one in what will be a big­ger team but we will be go­ing into it with a lot of con­fi­dence fol­low­ing our re­sult at the week­end.”

COUNTY CHAM­PI­ONS: The El­ton Furze trio of (from left) Adam Pike, Jody Greenall and Ed Con­duit. (METP-15-06-10PF611)

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