Chris Boughton’s golf column: Captains hand over £9,500 to charity

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Bury St Edmunds Golf Club ladies’ captain Joan Garrett and men’s captain Steve Finch presented their chosen charities (St Nicholas Hospice and East Anglian Air Ambulance) with cheques for £4,750 each, at the club’s annual presentation evening last week, at the end of their term of office.

The final fund-raising event was a fashion show by Dream On, supported by 100 members and friends.

The club’s assistant secretary Sandra Stannard said: “Throughout the year members have given generously to support these very worthwhile causes by taking part in our annual charity day, completing marathon golf events and numerous other golf related activities to provide a total sum of £9,500.”

Despite miserable weather there was a big turnout in the first round of the Men’s Winter Goblets at Bury. This annual series is played in foursomes format, over four rounds during the winter months, with the best three results deciding the winning pair overall.

Ben Smith and Ben Kirkby just pipped Steve Lankaster and Mike Greener on countback with 39 points. Andrew Cusworth and Ray Coleman were close behind in third place with 38 points.

The weather was also grim for the Ladies’ November Medal, but three still came in with nett scores of 73 — in countback order: Chris Tilbrook 96-23-73, Liz Bezance 90-17-73, Mariette Robbertse 82-9-73.

The Suffolk

After three second-place finishes in midweek competitions during the autumn, John Boy Dale finally took top spot in the club’s November Stableford.

Despite heavy rain, Dale scored 35 points followed by Jim Chapman with 32 and Ivan Snelling with 31. After three rounds of the latest midweek Order of Merit table, which commenced with Alf Jackson’s new captaincy, Dale leads with 25 points.

The club’s November weekend Stableford competition saw a runaway win for Jez Thomas, who carded 43 points from his 14 handicap and will play off 12 next time out. Runner-up Brian Johnson was a long way back with 38 points.

This was the first round of the weekend Order of Merit, so Thomas and Johnson lie first and second in the table.

A busy competition weekend at The Suffolk was concluded on Sunday with the first round of the club’s Winter League series. This competition is played in a Greensomes format, over six rounds, with the best four deciding the eventual winners.

The veteran pairing of Dave King and Ron Hazell led the way with 39 points, one point ahead of three pairs — Charley/Dan Garrod, Iain Stark/Karoline Chan and Daniel Kaye/Terry Manning.

The Suffolk’s Seniors’ section completed the final round of the Dudley Potter competition (best five of eight rounds) with Ray Keil the overall winner this year and Malcolm Burroughs runner-up.

Roy Bance is the new senior’s captain at the club, taking over from Bob Hope who held office for the past two years.

The Suffolk’s Ladies’ section held a successful county fixtures lunch at the All Saints Hotel for 51 ladies representing 25 clubs.

Angie Lewis has just started her second year as captain of the Ladies’ section at The Suffolk.

Stowmarket

The ladies held their November Stableford last week on what was an unusually mild and rain free day. The conditions, however, were still very testing and, as with other local clubs, good scores are currently hard to come by.

Jane Darling made the best of it with 35 points in Division One followed by Jenny Buckle and Jane Foster, both on 33. Edwina Hughes won a low scoring Division Two on count-back from Hilary Plummer. Division Three winner was Gillian Freeman with Val Rogerson runner-up.

Stowmarket Golf Club hosted the Suffolk Winter Alliance in blustery, showery weather although the sun did appear fleetingly for the 84 hardy souls who braved the difficult conditions.

In the Pro competition, Sam Forgan and Alex Davey took full advantage of playing on their home venue coming first and second with rounds of 68 and 72. Adam Trett (assistant pro at The Suffolk) was third with 77.

In the Fourball Betterball competition, Roy Spong and Lee Seager (Hintlesham) took top spot with 43 points, on countback from Brian Castle and Mike Moore (Stoke-by-Nayland).