Ed Dimambro flies the flag for Cambridgeshire with impressive display in Lagonda Trophy
Ed Dimambro produced a memorable performance to secure a top three spot in the Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog Golf Club.
The prestigious 72-hole competition on the Old Course attracts some of the top amateurs in the country, and this year featured six of the current eight England squad, with many of those taking part ultimately hoping to turn professional.
Dimambro is not on the same path and is a chartered accountant who was having to take holiday from his job to play in the two-day event.
It was his fifth time competing in the Lagonda Trophy, but the 2021 renewal is one that will live long in his memory.
With the best young players from across the country competing – it has been won by former world No 1s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in the past – you can understand why it is so hard for Cambridgeshire players to break into the top 10.
But Dimambro did just that by shooting a two-under-par 278.
It was not the easiest of going on the first day, with Dimambro hitting five-over-par 145, but he more than made up for that on the last 36 holes, going round in 66 and 67.
“I played really nicely on the second day,” said Dimambro.
“I had a chat with coaches overnight and got a few little tips after the first day as I didn’t putt particularly well. The second day was much better, so kudos to them really.
“I had been hitting it nicely from tee to green, and it was more the putting, and more the confidence. I was very down on myself yesterday and it doesn’t help with the mindset.
“I’m sure everyone knows a lot of it is between your ears; it was a bit more positive mindset and I continued to hit it well.
“I was three under through the front nine, bogey free which is great. I got it to six at one point, and didn’t finish the best but you can’t be brilliant on every hole.
“I felt like I was playing well. I didn’t start great in the afternoon but I battled to keep it level at the turn and just played really solid coming in.
“In a national, that is probably my best finish outside of county events so obviously I’m really happy about that.”
He added: “It’s always an honour to play for the county and fly the flag for it. Being a home club player makes it even sweeter – I certainly can’t complain with that.”
Dimambro also had special praise for clubmate George Howard, who produced one of the highlights on the first day with a hole-in-one on the par four five.
“I’m sure he will be as happy as me, if I’m honest,” he added.
The tournament was won by Kings Hill Golf Club’s Ben Quinney, who was the model of consistency.
He produced rounds of 69, 65, 68 and 69 to finish on nine-under-par 271 to finish one clear of Five Lakes’ Jack Garnett, who produced a final round of five-under-par 65 to end up on 272.
Dimambro added: “It’s the lowest ballot in years, I think it was about 2.1.
“It was a quality field, lots of the England boys have come down and it’s good for the tournament as well that we’ve had a much stronger field and long may it continue.”