In-form Ed Dimambro completes hat-trick of Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union County Championship wins
Singular focus prevailed for Ed Dimambro with a third Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union County Championship victory secured at Gog Magog Golf Club.
In the 72-hole competition, the host club’s reigning champion, having shared the prize last year at Ely with Lee Yearn, set the pace on the first day, and then held off a strong challenge from Ely City’s James McLaughlin on day two.
Dimambro had fired 70 and 67 to sit at three-under-par 137 overnight, with his nearest rivals being clubmate Joe York, three shots back, and Danny Loveday, a further two adrift.
Dimambro gave himself some breathing space with a one-under-par 69 in the third round, but McLaughlin, who was three over at halfway, was starting to make a move with two-under-par 68.
With McLaughlin two groups ahead of the leaders, a 68 saw him return to the clubhouse with a one-under-par total of 279.
But Dimambro was in blissful ignorance of what else was happening on the course.
“I deliberately didn’t look at the leaderboard at all on that last round,” he said.
“I knew in the morning he (McLaughlin) had beaten me by one, so I still had a five-shot lead and I needed all of them.
“It was a bit of a battle to be honest. I didn’t hit it amazingly well in the afternoon, but just used a bit of experience I have built up over the year to just keep it in play and keep grinding it out.
“I knew it was close because everyone kept asking, ‘Do you want to know?’. I had obviously seen that James was playing nicely all day so I had an inkling that it was closer than I would have liked it to be.
“But I would rather not know and just focus on me, because I can’t control what he is doing.
“I hit a nice birdie down the last using a driver off the tee, so it was to roll the putt in to finish with a three.”
It was definitely a fitting way to bring up the hat-trick for Dimambro, with a birdie on the 18th, which actually meant he finished the
round on one-over-par 71, for a three-under-par total of 277.
“It’s my third county championship so I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Dimambro.
“I never expected to win one so the fact I’m standing here with a third one is absolutely bonkers, to be honest.”
Dimambro’s form is just strengthening his status as one of the county’s best golfers.
Gog Magog’s Old Course has proved a happy hunting ground in the past four weeks, following his third place finish in the prestigious Lagonda Trophy.
“I’ve obviously enjoyed playing here recently, with the best performance in the Lagonda and then another four rounds in quite different conditions,” he said.
“I felt in the Lagonda the course, other than the weather on day one, played a bit easier, but I’ve had a good few weeks.”
Now the chartered accountant will be heading for some more leading competitions, in the world ranking Berkshire Trophy next weekend, followed by The Open regional qualifying at St Anne’s Old Links near Blackpool on June 27.
“I’m playing very nicely. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m going to qualify but I’m optimistic and excited about going,” he added.
The winner of the January Cup for the best nett score on the first day of competition was St Neots’ Andy Grimwood with a 140 total (66, 74).
The under-21 prize went to St Neots’ 14-year-old Oliver Toyer with 291.
The championship shield was won by a strong Gog Magog team of Dimambro, George Howard and Josh Austin-Tierney with 423.