Golf round-up with Chris Boughton: Plenty of charity events coming up

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Stowmarket Golf Club men’s captain, David Fletcher, recently raised £2,384 for his nominated charity, St Nicholas Hospice.

Fletcher’s Captains’ Golf Day included a penalty donation of £1 for every ball which found the bunker on the 18th hole.

St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, George Chilvers, visited the club to collect the donation.

Bury St Edmunds Golf Club’s main charity event is their Captains’ Charity Golf Day, which takes place on Friday, July 8.

Men’s captain Steve Finch and ladies skipper Joan Garrett will be raising funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance and St Nicholas Hospice.

Assistant secretary, Sandra Stannard, added that there are other fundraising activites taking place during the year, sich as plant and cake sales, fashion shows, charity bunkers on the course, golf marathons and donations.

The Suffolk Golf Club’s Captains’ Charity Day is on Friday, July 1, which will see ladies captain Angie Lewis raising funds for Willow and Men’s. While, men’s skipper Paul Dufosee will be supporting Headway on the day.

At Thetford Golf Club, ladies captain Janice Fossey has her charity day for Eve Appeal set for Saturday, June 25.

Men’s captain Alan Brown’s big day is the following Saturday on July 2, which will be raising funds for East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

The club’s manager Malcolm Grubb reports that they already have over 120 golfers signed up for the July 2 event.

The Suffolk Golf Union county men’s team competitions have started, with all the first round matches now completed.

Stowmarket are the only local club, this year, to have reached the second round of all three competitions.

They had a bye in the Stenson (scratch), a narrow win by just three holes at Gorleston in the Hambro (maximum nine handicap) and another fairly close fought win at home against Seckford in the Tolly (10-18 handicap).

Bury Golf Club started off well in the Stenson, at home to last year’s winners Felixstowe, but eventually lost by just one.

Bury also lost at Woodbridge in the Tolly, this time by 17 holes.

Woodbridge is never an easy away venue, but Bury are through to the second round of the Hambro thanks to a bye in the first round.

Sadly, The Suffolk lost both their Hambro and Tolly first round matches and did not enter a team in the Stenson this year.

Head pro Steve Hall reports that their teams were weakened by holiday, business and illness absentees, but predicts they will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

Flempton lost in the Tolly and Stenson by narrow margins to Felixstowe and Newton Green, and were beaten by 13 holes in the Hambro at home to Thorpness.

Now, Flempton would be a good course to have a bunker £1 penalty charity event as it famously boasts around 80 bunkers.

Many years ago I visited a significant number of those sandy traps at the “hidden gem” one sunny August afternoon.

I had some empathy with Mark Twain’s comment about “a good walk spoilt.”

In the seniors team competitions, Bury and Stowmarket had comfortable first round victories at home to Southwold and Rushmere in the Parks Trophy (maximum 12 handicap).

The Suffolk, Bury and West Suffolk Golfing Centre all had narrow wins in the Beaumont (13-24 handicap).

Last week Bury Golf Club’s ladies fared bettered than their men have recently, when they played Rushmere in a County Shield match and won by the comfortable margin of 13 holes, in a four ball better ball format.

In last weekend’s O’Mera Trophy, at Bury Golf Club, conditions were ideal and this was reflected in the high stableford scoring.

Andrew Moulsdale led the way with 44 points, followed by Monte Delaney with 42.

Richard Walker, David Tingey and Craig Young all scored 40 points.

Just down the road at The Suffolk, Paul Delaney led the way in The President’s Cup, on Sunday, with 37 points to his name.

Colin Debenham, who recently re-joined The Suffolk, showed he still knows his way around this, much improved, course with 37 points for second place.

Ian Mortlock had the lowest scratch score on the day.

Last and by no means least, congratulations to Suffolk’s Joan Keil who recently won the Suffolk County Division Four Olive Carruthers Cup, at Southwold, with 33 points.

The Suffolk’s Karen Absolon came third with 32 points. The club has now won this cup five times in the last 10 years, which includes 90-year-old Barbara Well’s remarkable victory last year.