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Paul Maddy clinches County Open title after sudden death play-off at St Neots Golf Club



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From left, County Open winner Paul Maddy, James Rust of the sponsors CPS Building Services, and Adam Northfield, winner of the John Durman Handicap Trophy. Picture: Neil Hughes (15806017)
From left, County Open winner Paul Maddy, James Rust of the sponsors CPS Building Services, and Adam Northfield, winner of the John Durman Handicap Trophy. Picture: Neil Hughes (15806017)

Paul Maddy won the CPS Building Services Ltd County Open for the second time after a play-off at St Neots Golf Club.

The Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union event is a rarity in that it pitches the county’s best amateurs against the leading professionals.

European Challenge Tour professional Maddy trailed Brampton Park’s Adam Pike by one shot as he entered the 18th green during the second and final round.

Maddy, whose home club is Gog Magog, birdied the hole for a round of 68, and a total score of 140, to set up a sudden death play-off.

A mistake by Pike on the first hole of the play-off gave Maddy the advantage, and his par four was enough for victory, adding to his triumph in 2013 at the Links, Newmarket.

Pike had shared the lead with Ed Dimambro from Gog Magog and St Neots’ Adam Northfield after the first round, with a score of 70, while Maddy posted 72.

Pike posted 71 in the second round to finish on 140, a total that looked good enough until Maddy arrived at the 18th.

Dimambro and Northfield fell away in the second round but the latter won the John Durman Handicap Trophy with a net score of 138.

Saffron Walden’s Callum Brookes posted the best scratch score of 142, beating Ely City’s county champion on a card play-off. Promising youngster George Whitehall was third with 143.

Gog Magog’s Axel Friberg shot the best under-21 score, for those not already in the prizes.

Bourn’s Andrew Barnard recorded the best senior scratch score with 157, also for those not already in the prizes.

With support of sponsor James Rust, of CPS Building Services Ltd, there was more than £1,100 given out in vouchers for the amateurs and £2,000 for the professionals.

Next year’s County Open will be at Ely City Golf Club on Sunday, August 23.



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