The Suffolk Open Championship at Stowmarket a week on Sunday has attracted what the county’s championship secretary Phil Platten described as “an extraordinary” 103 entries.
The list is so big, in fact, that 10 applicants have been balloted out as reserves.
Bury Golf Range professional Lawrence Dodd will be defending the title he won at Bury St Edmunds last year.
The former triple Suffolk amateur champion is among 24 professionals in the field which is restricted to amateurs of four handicap or better.
Next week also brings the Suffolk Junior Championship with another encouragingly big turnout teeing off at Diss on Tuesday.
The single figure boys will battle over 36 holes while those above will play just 18.
l A hole-in-one at Flempton’s short fifth highlighted Mark Elliott’s winning round in last Saturday’s July Medal.
It inspired the seven handicap man to reel off 12 par figures over his next 13 holes - a run that boosted his card to a two over par 72. His net score cleared the field by six shots.
l Jim Cole’s Presidents Day at Bury St Edmunds pulled in 155 men and women players.
Roger Nicholson knocked it round in a two-over-par 74 to win the President’s Putter while Carol Nicholson’s 37 Stableford points earned her the President’s Mashie. Other scores below.
l Scott Bennett took the top men’s prize in the Sunday session of Dick Taylor’s Captain’s Weekend at Stowmarket. He came in with a leading 44 points and will welcome a new handicap of 19.
A birdie two on the final hole climaxed Ron Woodham’s round of 43 points the previous day — he too has dropped to 19.
The weekend was well supported with events for all members.
The women’s Stableford was won by Clair Peck with 38 points. Other results below.
l Mark Jones will no doubt always recall his three-under-par 66 at Stowmarket as one of his best. He slotted six birdie putts in totting up 42 points at the head of Division One of the club’s July Stableford. And he is now playing off two.
l A field of a hundred women from the East of England teed off at Thetford in the area final of the 2013 LGU Peugeot Coronation Foursomes.
The winning pair who qualified for the national final were with Joanne Crosswell and Maureen Ducket from Gorleston. They handed in an impressive 43 points, seven clear of the field.
Leading Classified Scores
Captains Weekend Men’s Stableford: S Bennett 44pts, R Woodham 43, K McCredie 41 ocb. Women: C Peck 38, J Blemings 37, G Holmes 36 ocb. Junior Stableford: A O’Doherty 39, J Forgan 38. Mixed Greensomes: D&J Quinton 42pts, A&T Delaney 41, R&F Dewar 40 ocb. Nearest pins P Willshere & D Ruegg. Longest drives: J Walker & K Issitt.
Men’s July Stableford Saturday Division One: D Voysey 40 pts, M O’Doherty 38, K Rooney 38, J Forgan 38, A O’Doherty 38. Division Two: C Issitt 39 ocb from D Ager 39, T Gomez 38, J Shaw 37 ocb.
Sunday Division One: M Jones 42pts, G Knowles 41, B Forgan 40, R Taylor 40. Division Two: D Ager 44, N Burch 43, B Ellis 42, C Balaam 41, M Smythe 41.
Captain’s Weekend Stableford Division One: R Woodham 43pts, K McCredie 41, W Wilson 41, J Jameson 40. Division Two:
Presidents Day Stableford: G Scott 36pts, G Maskell 35, D Fitchett 34, M Harben 24. LGU Peugeot Coronation Foursomes: J Crosswell & M Ducket (Gorleston) 43pts, J Ashmore & T Davis (Barnham Broom 36, A Graves & J Kimber (Woodbridge) 36.
BURY ST EDMUNDS
Presidents (Jim Cole) Day: Presidents Putter (scratch) R Nicholson 74, Division One:
S Duffety 76(5)71, G Sykes 78(6)72, M Fordham 75(3)72, M Robbertse 85(13)72. Division Two: A Clarke 82(15)67, D Green 98(26)72, A Ridley 91(19)72, C Shand 93(21)72. Women’s Stableford for Presidents Mashie: C Nicholson 37pts. Division One: M Lesser 36, B Allen 35, A Wyer 35. Division Two: L Bezance 36, C Davies 35, B Holman 34, M Blasby 34.
July Midweek Stableford Division One: J Tattersall 40pts, I Edmondson 38, D Snow 38, F O’Callaghan 37. Division Two: J Bloomfield 37, R Hyden 36, P Barnes 35, F Bennett 34.
Women’s July Stableford 1 Divison One: J Milns 37pts, F Glasswell 35, M Smith 34, P Cauldwell 34. Division Two: A GrD ener 37, A Whittaker 36, B Holman 32, J Clarke 32 ocb. Division Three: D Clarke 33, J Hogarth 32, M Dutton 32, S Hillyard 29 ocb.
Men’s July Medal: M Elliott 72(7)65 (lowest gross), C Hawes 78(7)71, M Gooden 79(8)71, G Courtney 80(9)71 ocb.