Jack’s weekend to savour at Bury GC

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On Saturday and Sunday it was the Captains’ Weekend, at Bury Golf Club, hosted by men’s captain Steve Finch and ladies’ captain Joan Garrett. The first fourball teed off on Saturday at 6am in overcast but humid conditions which prevailed all day. The rain stayed away for most of Saturday but it did rain on Sunday after lunch.

The leading scores in all the competitions over the weekend were impressive, especially from 16-year-old Jack Lankester, who had a golfing weekend to remember.

On Saturday, he won the men’s 4BBB alongside his dad Steve with 46 points. On Sunday, he scored 46 on his own in coming second in the Junior stableford competition (10 shots better than his handicap). Jack has been playing golf less than a year and can only play regularly in the summer as he is on a junior football scholarship at Ipswich Town. He was beaten by Edward Pomeroy, who returned a stunning score of 48.

Graham Smith and Graham Staff were runners up in the men’s 4BBB on countback.

On Sunday, Steven Gee won the medal with a net score of 68 and Justin Millard was runner up with 69. Ben Coleman was the scratch winner with 73.

Equally impressive were the ladies’ leading scores, with Heather Chandler’s winning score of 45 points in their 18-hole Stableford on Saturday, followed by Sarah Poole on 42 and Sue Montgomery on 41.

In the 10-hole 4BBB, on Sunday Clare Sykes and Linda Smails took the honours with 29 points. Jane Hurst and Sarah Poole were runners up with 27.

In all, 240 members entered over the weekend with many playing on both days. Well done Steve and Joan for hosting such a successful captains’ weekend and a personal thank you to Ann Crack and Di Edwards for tea and guidance during my photographic mission at the half way hut on Saturday.

The June midweek ladies’ medal was won by Clare Charlwood with net 73 on countback from Mariette Robbertse and Helen O’Connell.

In the men’s mid-week medal, Trevor Titcombe recorded the lowest (scratch) score of the year with a gross 69. Well done Trevor, a wonderful round of golf.

Thetford Golf Club

Following the report last week on the Suffolk County Golf Union first round team events, Thetford Golf Club have started their matches for 2016, in the Norfolk County Golf Union tournaments. Thetford’s campaign began with an impressive 4-1 win over 2013 and 2015 winners Bawburgh in the Norfolk Scratch Cup. One-handicapper Iain Yule won his match on the final green while Mark Henfield and John Stapleton secured emphatic wins. Ian Farnham and Andrew Horsburgh both halved their matches to complete an impressive display by the home team. In the second round on July 23, Thetford are at home again, this time to Barnham Broom.

Sue Pitcher and Heather Keeble marched on to the sixth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes with a 7 and 5 win over tough opponents away at Ryston Park. The Thetford pair had to give 10 strokes, but they were always in control of the match on a gloriously sunny day.

On the Thetford home competition scene, Daryl Breen recently led the way to win the Sidgwick Cup, one of Thetford Golf Club’s oldest trophies, with a round of 75-6-69. He pipped seven-handicap Peter Allott on countback. Three players came in with a net 71 – Gary Scott (9 hcap), Craig Estlea (14) and Brian Youngs (10).

The Suffolk Golf Club

The Suffolk ladies are through to the first round of the Stearn Trophy (12-20 hcp) after beating a notoriously strong Hintlesham team at home, 2&1, last week in the preliminary round. Their next opponents will be Halesworth. This is a Suffolk County team matchplay competition played as three foursomes over 36 holes.

The experienced home side pairing of Tisha Mortlock and Joan Plumb won 5&4 while rookie pairing Victoria Clarke and Karen Absolon won a closely fought match on the 36th hole.

Karoline Chan and Angie Lewis were the only losing Suffolk pair on the day.

A broadly smiling ladies’ captain Angie Lewis remarked: “We may be small but we are mighty.” Halesworth beware!

Stowmarket Golf Club

The ladies’ section at Stowmarket Golf Club held their monthly stableford competition on a sunny but slightly humid day last Wednesday. In such weather conditions, the expectations were high for some good scores but the lush Stowmarket rough had other ideas.

Maureen Lloyd came out on top in Division One on countback from Diane Glasswell, with Jane Holley third.

Countback was also needed in Division Two for Edwina Hughes to relegate Rani Pearson into second spot with Anna Suggett third on 32 points.

In Division Three, Pam Willshire was just ahead of Edna Meggs by one point, who was only ahead of third placed Jill Wilshaw on countback.

Despite some of the regulars being away at an Open competition, the attendance was still an impressive 44.