Jeremy Baldwin winds back the clock to win the CAGU Seniors Championship
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 June 2017
Old Nene golfer on top form at Gog Magog
Jeremy Baldwin rolled back the years to make a winning return to Cambridgeshire golf by landing the Seniors’ Championship.
The 55-year-old had last played a county tournament in the early 1990s, but he got back in the swing of things in the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union competition on the Old Course at Gog Magog.
Baldwin, who works for Titleist Footjoy, was out in the eighth group on the two tee start, and he ended up dashing the hopes of John Yuill and Mick Heron.
The Links, Newmarket’s Yuill was the clubhouse leader with 72, and was then joined at the top by the host club’s Heron.
But Old Nene’s Baldwin went one better with 71, a score that proved good enough for the title ahead of 50 other players.
“I think my last county match I played before my kids arrived was in 1992,” said Baldwin, who was a member of the England youth training squad in the 1980s.
“I came up to Cambridge in 1990, played for a couple of years for the county and then with work, travelling, kids, I stopped playing really – I stopped county stuff.
“I had played for Kent. I was Kent county champion in 1981 so it’s nice to get back to play.
“This is my first county event since I turned 55 last October, so this is the first one really.
“I hit the ball great, I putted very poorly. But I was just happy to hit the ball down there and it was a nice afternoon out, playing golf instead of working.
“I think I had 40 putts, but I hit the ball really good, drove the ball well and hit 17 greens. I just didn’t putt very well, three putting the last by missing a short one.
“I had a putt from about two feet for a 70, and I managed to miss that.”
In the nett competition, Gog Magog’s Barry Carter beat Bourn’s Jed Isbell to first place on countback after they both scored 68. Third place went to Newmarket’s Richard Douglas.
In the age-group events, Saffron Walden’s Graham Goodman was first in the 55 to 59 category with gross 74; Walden’s Stephen Plumb won the 60 to 64 section with 77; clubmate David Burt triumphed in the 65 to 69 category with 77; and Gog Magog’s Neil Hughes was victorious in the 70 plus section.