Press Release – The Lagonda Trophy
James Biggs of the Diss Golf Club in nearby Suffolk won the 44th running of the' Lagonda Trophy' at the Gog Magog Golf Club near Cambridge with rounds of 71, 74, 68, 68 for a total of 281 just one over par and three under the Standard Scratch Score for the tournament total.
Biggs joins an illustrious group of past winners including Ryder Cup players David Gilford, Lee Westwood , Luke Donald and more recently Andy Sullivan. Westwood and Donald have gone on to achieve number One status in the World professional rankings.
At the end of the first day, Dan Brown from the Littlestone Club and James Cass of Fulford led the way each recording a three under par total of 137 when conditions can only be described as extreme with cold temperatures and a stiff northerly wind.
The severe conditions seemed to close the field up with George Goddard (West Hove) and Liam Phipps (Olton) the closest pursuers.
But day two with equally difficult conditions heralded the very strong challenge of James Biggs and John Hopkins who both shot sub-par rounds to make up lost ground. In fact Biggs with an eight shot deficit at the start of the third round shot two very impressive rounds of 68, totalling four under on the day. Hopkins was equally sound carding a three under total for the day. Together with Will Percival (Orsett) who was level for the day, these three players with an impressive display of ball striking started the day someway behind yet overtook a very strong field to take the first three places. Biggs led the way with Hopkins and Percival pressing all the way, right to the end.
Impressive golf indeed.
This was golf at its best with a string of stirring performances on a course in outstanding condition and beautifully presented.
Leading Final Scores :-
281 - James Biggs (Diss) 71 74 68 68
284 - Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford) 75 72 69 68
Will Percival (Orsett) 75 69 71 69
Liam Phipps (Olton) 69 71 72 72
285 - Harry Butler (Chigwell) 72 69 76 68
James Cass (Fulford) 66 71 73 75
Dan Brown (Littlestone) 69 68 72 76
286 George Goddard (West Hove) 72 67 74 73