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Luke Ryan wins the David Milburn Order of Merit



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From left, Craig Thorburn with the Sharplin Bowl; Jake Plumb, winner of the best gross score, and Luke Ryan, winner of the Order of Merit. Picture: Neil Hughes (19293829)
From left, Craig Thorburn with the Sharplin Bowl; Jake Plumb, winner of the best gross score, and Luke Ryan, winner of the Order of Merit. Picture: Neil Hughes (19293829)

Luke Ryan lived up to his favourite’s billing to secure victory in the David Milburn Order of Merit Final 2019.

The final event of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union was hosted at St Ives Golf Club, and was sponsored by David Milburn, of Lakeside Lodge.

It meant that £400 in prizes were up for grabs on the day, while CAGU were offering £1,000 of sponsorship towards players’ entry fees and travelling expenses for 2021.

Eight of the 19-man field were under 21, but Ely City’s Ryan, the county champion, was the man to beat, having accrued a 500-point lead over his rivals. However, there were triple points available in the final.

Gog Magog’s Jake Plumb, 14, who has recently been selected to join the regional England under-16 squad, was the early leader with one-under-par 71.

St Ives’ Kevin Taylor matched the score, but with an inferior back nine went into second.

As the weather deteriorated, so did the scores. George Howard’s 73 was the only one which went close to troubling the leaders.

Ryan made a quadruple bogey nine on the last and, after Owen Davies’ 74, it saw him sneak home with 1,838 points, just 38 clear of his playing partner.

At the awards presentation, Ramsey’s Cliff Thorburn won the Sharplin Bowl for scoring the most points in county matches during 2019.

Order of Merit final standings: 1 Luke Ryan 1,838 points, 2 Owen Davies, 1,800, 3 George Howard 1,515, 4 Tom Rogers 1,400, 5 Kevin Taylor 1,280. Sponsors’ prizes: 1 Jake Plumb 71, 2 Kevin Taylor 71, 3 George Howard 73; best under-21 score – Alfie-Guy Pinkney 75; best net score – 1 James Edwards 74, 2 Owen Davies 74; biggest mover – Keith Moore.



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