Chris Boughton’s golf column: Entertaining Thetford final

TOP LADIES: (From left:) Bury Golf Clubs ladies captain Joan Garrett with Millenium Plate runner-up Clare Charlwood, Ladies Championship winner Pam Madams and championship runner-up Carol Nicholson
TOP LADIES: (From left:) Bury Golf Clubs ladies captain Joan Garrett with Millenium Plate runner-up Clare Charlwood, Ladies Championship winner Pam Madams and championship runner-up Carol Nicholson
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In Thetford Golf Club finals weekend, Kath Malvern and Jess Dixon battled through wet conditions on day one in a close and exciting Ladies’ Championship final.

There was never more than two holes in it as Dixon started strongly and Malvern fought hard to get it back to all square. Then birdies for Malvern, at both the 16th and 17th, clinched the match and the championship for her, 2&1.

The men’s handicap knock-out competition is for the Cock Pheasant Trophy and Stephen Duncan took control and ran out a 5&4 winner over Mark Davis in the final. The Cock Pheasant Plate, for those who lost their first-round matches, saw Peter Allott beat Nolan Guthrie 6&4 in the final.

On Sunday, there was much better weather as John Stapleton beat Matt West 6&5 in the scratch Cowan & Oliver final.

Stapleton, who plays off a handicap of one, was round in the morning in level par 72 despite a double bogey six at the 18th. He was only two over par for the day when he secured the win.

The mixed foursomes went to Andrew Horsburgh and Kath Malvern, who beat Terry and Jennifer Aston 3&1 and the men’s four-ball better-ball final was won by Peter Allott and Tom Fitchew, who beat Chris Evans and David Goddard 4&3 in the final.

Thetford’s team finished third in the Centenary Clubs Trophy held at Royal Norwich on Sunday, finishing three shots behind the winners, Royal Cromer.

Thetford’s scorers were Jason Huggins (71), Mike Horley (75), Phil Beer (76) and Matt Harben (78), with Ryan Woods’ 79. Huggins finished third in the individual competition.

Thetford’s steward Phil Beer partnered club captain Alan Brown to win the Club Stewards’ Chairman’s Day at King’s Lynn on Monday.

The pair had a better-ball score of 41 points. Thetford manager Malcolm Grubb and former captain Brian Chadwick were third in the guests’ competition with 40.

Bury St Edmunds

Bury ladies’ section held their club championships in fine weather on a well presented golf course.

In the Championship Scratch, Debbie Anthistle led the way after the first round with a score of 83, but her second round 90 left her in third place overall.

Pam Madams and Carol Nicholson both scored 86 in the morning and matched each other again with 85s in the afternoon. The champion was decided by a playoff, with Madams winning on the second extra hole.

Madams would have also won the Millennium Plate, but the same player cannot win both competitions.

Carol Nicholson, therefore, was the Handicap Ladies’ Club Champion with a nett 71+70=141.

Clare Charlwood was the runner-up with 77+72=149. Ladies’ captain Joan Garrett presented the trophies.

Garrett enjoyed her own success in the latest ladies’ medal, winning the Silver Division.

Roger Nicholson followed up his contribution to the club’s victorious Hambro team by scoring a gross 68, nett 63 to win the September men’s mid-week medal. Ian Malyon (79-13=66) was runner-up and Justin Millard third (73-7=66).

Stowmarket

Bury St Edmunds was the venue for this year’s Suffolk County Matchplay Beaumont Trophy Final in which Stowmarket Golf Club, captained by Robert Hall, faced Cretingham Golf Club.

The Stowmarket side, who were giving up 31 shots on the day, were 2up waiting on the final group.

In a thrilling finale, the final pairing of Paul Presland and David Daniel ground out a great result, winning 2up to complete a memorable win.

The results in each match were: Trevor Holley & Martin Anderson lost 4down, David Quinton & Nick Foster won 3up, Robert Hall & Rick Ruegg won 3up, Paul Presland & Dave Daniel won 2up, Stowmarket won 4up overall.

The Suffolk

Mick Davey returned to form in the club’s mid-week Stableford with an impressive score of 42 points. John Boy Dale, who only recently returned to the fairways after 10 years away, was runner-up with 38.

Another well attended Tuesday night Stableford competition was concluded at with the final round of the 22-week series that started at the beginning of April.

Each category winner was decided by their five best scores, therefore competitors did not have to play from week one or attend every week to win overall.

In the men’s 0-18 handicap category, Jim Chapmen did not take part until week 10, but still amassed enough good scores to win the series with 112 points.

Chapman leapfrogged Steve Thorp (109) in the points table with a last-week score of 24 points to Thorp’s 18. Mick Callinan was third overall with 108.

In the 19-28 handicap category, Colin Debenham (111) also finished strongly with a final-week score of 22 to beat previous leader Brian Wiltorn (110) by a point. Jackie Thomas won the ladies’ league with 107 points followed by Sheila Burns on 92.