Suffolk start Anglian League golf campaign at Cambridgeshire as captain Cardy names his side
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Suffolk start their Anglian League campaign with a match against Cambridgeshire on Sunday.
The first team will be playing on the Wandlebury course at Gog Magog and the second team will be at Ipswich Golf Club.
Ipswich captain Jack Cardy named his side before the Suffolk Amateur Foursomes.
Maybe he will be tempted to make a tactical switch in the foursomes to keep county champions Chris Bartrum and James Biggs together after they won the Macleod Cup for the third successive year.
This would mean pairing Josh Driver, also from Diss, with Calvin Sherwood (Rookery Park) who relinquished the second team captaincy to make himself available for first team selection. Suffolk will be without county champion Gregor Tait (Aldeburgh) who will be playing in the Lytham Trophy.
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Cambridgeshire are without last year’s champion, James Reeson, who scored his first professional success in the Jamega Tour at Essendon after a play-off with James Scade, the former Braintree junior. Jamie Abbott (Ipswich) finished fifth in the same event.
Cambs also miss Nicholas Smits who is playing in the Lytham Trophy. They include three members of Gog Magog including vice-captain Dave Quinney, a former Suffolk captain. They also have three from Saffron Walden.
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Suffolk took the Anglian League wooden spoon last year with Cambridgeshire fourth out of five.
Cambridgeshire: Mark Reeve, Olly Tuck, Callum Brookes (all Saffron Walden), Dave Quinney, Ollie Rust, Ed Dimambro (all Gog Magog), Danny Loveday and Owen Davies (both Brampton Park).
Suffolk: Jack Cardy (Hintlesham), Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry), Chris Bartrum, James Biggs, Josh Driver (all Diss), Calvin Sherwood (Rookery Park), James Tyler, Sam Byford (both Ipswich).
The Suffolk second team, captained by Joe Cardy, includes Josh Cottrell, Jasper Johnson and Warren Goddard all playing on their home course. Jamie Jones (Hintlesham), former first team captain Nathan Overton (Woodbridge), Chris Duffy (Gorleston), Josh Robertson (Ufford Park) and Jack Forgan (Stowmarket) make up an experienced side. Forgan is back from Stirling University.
Cambridgeshire seconds include former Suffolk player Chris Vince who has switched from Haverhill to Gog Magog.
Cambridgeshire second team: Paul Hodgson, Martin Hollands (both Ramsey), Jason Evans (Links Newmarket), Aron Kumar, Owen Meeds (both St Neots), Chris Vince (Gog Magog), Luke Ryan (Ely City), Ken Taylor (St Ives).
Leicestershire won the Anglian League and the Eastern Counties Foursomes last year. They start their Anglian League programme away to Lincolnshire at Waltham Windmill.
The other first team match on Sunday will be between Norfolk and Northants at King’s Lynn.
Suffolk Seniors found Essex too strong on the day in their friendly match at Romford. Essex won by nine matches to three.
Suffolk wins came from Graham Shillings of Rookery Park and Trevor Hellyer of Hintlesham. Dick Barton (Woodbridge) and Andy Ball (Bury St Edmunds) secured halves.
Scores (Essex names first): Steve Rooney (Orsett) beat Steve Whymark (Woodbridge) 2 and 1; Mark Whiten (Basildon) beat Roger Taylor (Aldeburgh) one up; Kevin Saunders (Thorndon Park) beat Steve Mann (Woodbridge) 6 and 5; Chris Phillips (Thorndon Park lost to Shillings one down; Ian Waller (Thorndon Park) beat Nigel Fosker (Felixstowe Ferry) 5 and 4; Michael Partridge (Thorndon Park) halved with Barton; Glynn Williams (Crondon Park) beat Stephen Duffety (Bury St Edmunds) 2 and 1; Jeff Matthewson (Bentley) beat Trevor Golton (Stowmarket) 3 and 2; Mike Copping (Upminster) lost to Hellyer 3 and 2; Graham Bennet (Chelmsford) beat Kevin Brooks (Hintlesham) 4 and 3; Chris Rate (Orsett) halved with Ball; Geoff King (West Essex) beat Giles Oates (Stowmarket) 5 and 4.
The World Long Drive champion, Joe Miller, will be at Ipswich Golf Club on June 30 to take part in the Memorial Golf Day to raise funds for the Jude Brady Foundation charity.
There are limited places for the four-man team event. It costs £300 a team but £160 for Ipswich Golf Club members.