Steady Ed Dimambro is new Cambridgeshire golf champion
Gog Magog golfer is the epitome of consistency
Ed Dimambro produced a consistent performance across all four rounds to be crowned the new Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union county champion at Brampton Park.
Gog Magog’s Dimambro was a prominent figure throughout the two days, setting the early pace with 71 in the first round. Ely City’s Ryan Woods and St Ives’ Craig Thorburn were one off the pace.
Dimambro followed it up in the afternoon with another 71 for a first-day total of 142, the same as Brampton’s’ Danny Loveday, who shot 73 and 69.
Woods, who is at college in America, added 74 to finish the first day on 146, while another youngster from Ely, James McLaughlin, was in fourth with 147 (73, 74).
And Woods won the January Cup for the best net score over the first 36 holes, with 140.
Loveday’s short game came to prominence in the third round, as he added 68 to move to 210, with Dimambro hot on his heels with 212 and Woods not too far behind on 217.
It meant that after the third round, the championship had developed into a three-horse race, with pre-championship favourite, the in-form Nicholas Smits, out of sorts on 226.
And it was Dimambro’s 70 in the afternoon that saw him lift the county crown with a total of 282, with Loveday hitting 74 for 284. Woods was third with 292.
“Going into the final round I was two shots behind,” said Dimambro. “Danny had played fantastic in the morning and his short game is just phenomenal so I knew it was going to be tough to catch him in the afternoon.
“There were a couple of key turning points late in the final round, being tied for the lead going down 13. I made a crucial up and down to save par to stay tied for the lead and then managed to get one shot clear after the 15th.”
Dimambro had gone down the last one shot ahead, and the approach in to the 18th proved crucial.
“After a quick chat with my caddy George Howard, I hit probably the best shot of the day with a nine-iron out of the bunker to about 12 feet to the pin which was tucked in the front left corner,” he said.
“It was a great feeling to tap in for par to win my first county championship.”
Gog Magog won the Championship Shield with 444 points, beating Brampton Park on countback, and will represent CAGU at the English Champion Club in late September.