Chris Boughton’s golf column: Captains raise significant sum

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Paul Dufosee, assisted by Ladies’ captain Angie Lewis, hosted his Captains’ Day at The Suffolk on Sunday.

The competition on the day was a Texas Scramble with a shotgun start so that everyone finished together for the annual presentations that followed.

The winning team was Mick Callinan, Ian Absolon and Karen Absolon with 58.3. Runners-up with 59.1 were Chris Tate, Alf Jackson, Val O’Neil and Pete Cocksedge. Nearest the pin winners were John Dale, Steve Woods, Charley Gorrod and Shirley Byrne.

During the year, the captains raised £4,200 which was split between their charities. — Willow and Headway.

The captain in waiting, Alf Jackson, also put his name on the Club Knockout Cup for 2016 on Saturday afternoon by overcoming Peter Lewis in the final late on at the 18th hole.

Bob Stevens retired from work this month and immediately celebrated with a win in the club’s weekend Stableford competition.

Stevens’ (15hcp) 40-point score was one ahead of Glen Barker (12hcp) with both golfers receiving a one-shot cut to their handicaps.

James Edgar made the most of the conditions at the recent mid-week Stableford by scoring an impressive 41 points off his 18 handicap, beating Ivan Snelling into second place by two points.

Edgar now leads the mid-week Order of Merit table.

In the Ladies’ competition, Joan Plumb took top spot, three points ahead of Bernie Bugg, with captain Angie Lewis third.

Bury St Edmunds

John Cullum (7hcp) continued his recent good form by winning Bury’s mid-week qualifier, Division One, with 41 points.

Barry Storey (11hcp) came second with 39 followed by Mike Brooks (12) on 38.

In Division Two, Craig Knott (17) carded an impressive 42 off his 17hcp, pushing the equally impressive round of Tim Blogg (23) into second place on countback. John Bloomfield (23) took third spot on countback from Simon Loughe (17).

The Bury Ladies’ section held a coffee morning at the club to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Organised by Viv Mullen, Connie Galione and Barbara Simm, the event was successful in raising £1,751 for the charity.

On Sunday, Bury held the Napier Bowl which is a mixed foursomes. Lowest scorers on the day were Bev Allen and Peter Murrell with 67.5.

The husband and wife pairing of Stephen and Nicki Lankester were runners-up with 69.5.

Thetford Golf Club

Les Dewey’s Senior Captains’’s Open was a success with fine weather and excellent course conditions for the field of 30 pairs.

There were representatives from 25 different clubs, with Paul Osbourne of Gog Magog and Paul Turner of Northamptonshire County winning the visitors’ prizes.

The host club winners were John Carpenter and Paul Gallego with both winning pairs scoring 45 points.

Runners-up for the visitors were Andy Hancock (Swaffham) and David Naylor (Carswell) with 44 points, pipping Michael Cheney and Paul Gray of Northamptonshire County on countback.

The home runners-up were John Mynott and his guest Ian Cameron from Ely with 41.

Michael Turner ran away with the RAFA Shield at Thetford on Sunday, with a terrific score of 45 points off his handicap of 22.

Matt West was round in a level-par gross for 42 points off his handicap of six to earn second place.

Rob Taylor, also six handicap, came third with 41.

A total of £213.50 was raised for the local RAFA branch.

Stowmarket Golf Club

The Ladies’ section at Stowmarket held their September Midweek Medal in what were ideal weather conditions for golf.

Kim Davies led the way in Division One with a nett 71 from her 16 handicap, one shot ahead of 12 handicapper Jane Darling.

In Division Two, Veda Berriman’s nett 71 was two shots ahead of runner-up Joy Wood. Pat Partridge also won by two shots in Division Three from Jenny Godfrey.

The Basement Golf Show

Two local PGA Professionals have begun a journey into the world of online entertainment.

Simon Byford (Bury St Edmunds) and Adam Trett (The Suffolk) host a golf-related show on their YouTube channel every Sunday evening.

The pair have an exceptional on-screen rapport as they discuss the latest golf news each week, prepare viewers for the final rounds of the Professional Tour events and compete against each other in the weekly Tall v Small challenge.

They make the show interactive by asking viewers to send in their Big Whacks (driver shots recorded by the viewer) and the weekly Linksmaster quiz, where the viewer is asked a series of questions in the hope of making it to the end-of-season playoffs and the crown of Linksmaster champion.

The Basement Golf Show can be found using any search engine, and interested viewers can subscribe for free to the channel.