Chris Boughton’s golf column: Lakenheath youngster breaks record

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Sawyer Osborn, an 11-year-old from Lakenheath Golf Club, won the Stonham Barns October Junior Big HOLE Golf Tournament with a record best score of 28, that’s one under par. Sawyer is a regular at the Stonham Barns Junior events and his amazing round was four shots better than his previous best. 

With the calm conditions a number of players had their best ever rounds. Stonham Barns player, and the Under-15 winner, Adam Scott scored a 33 (4 over par), five shots fewer that his previous best round.

Sophie Kubitzek, the Under-10 winner, equalled her best score of 32 and her eight-year-old brother Sebastian also had 32 (his personal best).

Both are members of Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

Stonham’s Tony Dobson explained: “This event was played using larger eight inch golf holes and is a version of golf developed by Murray Blair in Australia.

“The concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of increasing junior participation in golf, incorporating fewer putts and quicker rounds.”

Stonham Barns Golf organises eight junior tournaments every year for ages 4-15 with the aim of giving juniors the opportunity to play competitive golf, from a young age, in a relaxed friendly environment.

Details of Stonham Barns’ junior events, for 2016, can be found on their website.

Lark Valley Golf Society was set up in 1994 by a group of former members of what was then called The Lark Valley Golf Club, (now called The Suffolk Golf Club), as a result of the course being converted to solely Pay and Play by the new Japan-based owners.

Twenty-two years later, the society still organises five golf days a year at various local courses for its members and guests. The society’s captain for next year, Adrian Simons, is keen to boost the current membership.

So, if you would like to join a sociable, friendly local golf society to enjoy golf days on local courses, contact Adrian Simons via adriansimons@hotmail.co.uk

The Suffolk

In the mid-week Stableford competition, at The Suffolk, Jim Chapman was way ahead of the rest of the field with 40 points from his 13 handicap.

Despite a bitterly cold wind following the first heavy overnight frost since last winter and failing to score on the first hole, Chapman proceeded to produce a putting masterclass, holing from just about anywhere on greens that only last week were hollow tined and dressed.

John Dale avoided putting on four of the greens by chipping in, including on the long par three 17th where he holed his chip from 80 yards.

James Edgar had a steady round for his second-place score of 33 points.

Despite having his handicap cut by a shot, Chapman successfully partnered Ivan Snelling in the 2016 final of the Club’s Pairs Knockout Cup three days later, where they triumphed over Bob Stevens and Jed Thomas by 5 &4.

Bury St Edmunds

There were some excellent scores in Division One of the latest Bury Golf Club mid-week Stableford competition.

Harry Turner was well out in front with 44 points from his eight handicap, which was equivalent to him playing off scratch.

Runner-up Craig Nurse’s 41 points was five better than his handicap of three, and third placed Sean Frost-Palmer scored 40 playing off 12.

David Porter took top spot in Division Two, beating Vincent O’Halloran on countback. Graham Judge came third.

Thetford

There was a bumper turn-out of 76 players for the Oktoberfest Stableford at Thetford Golf Club.

The winner in Division One was five-handicapper John Tavener with an excellent 39 points, one more than Brian How (9hcp), Iain Yule (1hcp), club champion Ross Sanford (4hcp) and Mark Davis (12hcp).

In Division Two, Pat Gould (17hcp) carded 37 points beating Robert Bentley (16hcp) and Terry Pettitt (17hcp) on countback.

In the Ladies’ Chisholm Trophy, Pauline O’Sullivan scored a nett 73 off her 27 handicap leaving Norfolk County first-team player Shelly Pleasance (4hcp) as runner-up for the second Medal competition running. Heather Keeble came third (89-14-75).

n This column will now be hibernating for the winter, but I look forward to returning in the spring.