Chris Boughton’s golf column: Kaye clinches President’s Trophy

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Suffolk Golf Club's main men. From left:  Alf Jackson (Captain), Adam Trett (Professional), Steve Hall (Director of Golf) and Peter Plumb (President)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Suffolk Golf Club's main men. From left: Alf Jackson (Captain), Adam Trett (Professional), Steve Hall (Director of Golf) and Peter Plumb (President)
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Peter Plumb hosted his annual President’s Day at The Suffolk Golf Club last Sunday, ably assisted by pro Adam Trett and director of golf Steve Hall.

Thankfully the rain stayed away and the air temperature peaked at 21oC with a light breeze.

This year’s President’s Trophy winner was Daniel Kaye with 41 points, followed closely by June Smart (on her birthday) with 40 points. Iain Stark was third on countback, also with 40. More info on Results page.

The prizes were presented by Plumb in the All Saints Hotel’s new restaurant, The View, which overlooks the Golf Course.

Plumb has certainly been in the spotlight at The Suffolk GC, recently, winning the last two Mid-Week Stableford qualifiers and now sits second in the Order of Merit table, only three points behind leader Ivan Snelling.

The modest 81-year-old also captained the club’s Beaumont team to an away victory at Bramford, winning his own match with partner Jim Chapman 9 up.

Thetford

Thetford Ladies’ Vice-Captain Margaret Hayward produced an excellent round of nett 70 in hot conditions midweek to win the Rhoda Arthur Trophy.

She finished two strokes clear of Kath Malvern and Alison Jones who were second and third. Malvern had won the Ladies’ Centenary Trophy on Saturday with nett 77, one better than Jane Herrington who was runner-up on countback from Dawn Dixon.

Another ladies’ trophy was at stake last week at Thetford. The Johnston Sidgwick Tankards Foursomes. Pam Ellis and Vicki Smith returned a nett 73.5 to win by one stroke from Jan Bone & Sue Pitcher. Third place went to Sharon Caws and Liz Wigg with 75.

The annual midsummer Champagne Breakfast Texas Scramble was won by Matt Harben, Dean Scott, Robbie O’Brien and Gary Scott with a gross score of 59, 13 under par) for a nett 56.2. Highlight of the day was a hole-in-one by Sue Pitcher at the 11th, using a rescue club from the tee.

Thetford Ladies are still going strong in Division Three of the Norfolk LCGA Inter-Club League. Their latest success was another close match, winning 4-3 away to Swaffham.

In the latest Midweek Stableford, Alistair Hutt won with an impressive 41 points, on countback from Stephen Mcllroy.

Cranworth Trophy

Most of the Suffolk County amateur team knockout competitions are played on a home or away basis, until at least the semi-finals, giving an enormous advantage to the home team.

In the 16 Tolly and Hambro team matches, in the second round, there was only one away win. But in the Ladies’ County Cranworth Trophy all the matches are played on neutral venues making it by far the fairest local inter-club knockout competition.

In the latest round of Cranworth matches, played last week, Bury GC took on Ipswich at Stowmarket. In the morning foursomes, they won two of the three matches and halved the other.

In the afternoon singles, wins for Clare Sykes and Joan Warnett sealed the victory for Bury who will play Newton Green, at Woodbridge GC, in the quarter finals on July 27.

Despite a 30-minute suspension of play for thunder and lightning, Stowmarket were 3-0 up at lunch in their Cranworth match against Rookery Park at Ufford Park.

They mastered the windy but dry conditions in the afternoon better than their opponents and went on to dominate the singles to win the match 7.5-1.5. Stow will face Woodbridge, who beat Flempton, in the last eight at Bury GC.

Stenson Shield

The Stenson Shield is Suffolk County’s premier inter-club team knockout competition. Played off scratch, the format is 18 holes of foursomes in the morning followed by 18 holes of singles matches in the afternoon. There were two local teams involved in the second round last weekend.

At Stowmarket, visitors Aldeburgh included two ex-Pros in their formidable team and came out all guns blazing. At lunch they led by 4-0, leaving a daunting deficit for the home team to overcome in the singles matches.

Early comprehensive wins however in the afternoon from Stow’s Jack Forgan (5&4) and Alex Bligh (5&3) meant a fightback was on the cards.

But, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough in the end and Aldeburgh ran out 6.5 to 5.5 winners after a valiant Stowmarket comeback.

The home team were magnanimous in defeat, with their press officer Owen Clouting reporting: “The match was played in great conditions on a lovely day and with such an exciting conclusion, all parties left the course having enjoyed the day.”

Aldeburgh’s coastal neighbours Thorpeness travelled to Bury for their second-round encounter on Saturday.

They suffered a heavy loss to a strong home team who didn’t lose a single game (11.5 to 0.5).

Bury, who are the last local team in the competition, will face a much stiffer test against Ipswich on Saturday, July 22 in the quarter-finals.