Rain stays away for captains’ weekend

CAPTAINS WEEKEND: Bury GC captains Nick Bonney and Joan Warnett with general manager Mike Verhelst
CAPTAINS WEEKEND: Bury GC captains Nick Bonney and Joan Warnett with general manager Mike Verhelst

The Suffolk Golf Club Ladies’ section played Halesworth in the preliminary round of the Stearn Trophy in very windy conditions, but fully capitalised on their home advantage. Ladies’ Captain Angie Lewis partnered Karoline Chan to a 7&6 win over the two rounds and Tisha Mortlock and Bernie Bug beat their opponents 8&6.

The final pairing of Rio Everitt and Joan Plumb did not need to finish their game with the match already won.

RUNNERS-UP: Ollie Flight partnered Dan Smailes to second spot at Bury GC

RUNNERS-UP: Ollie Flight partnered Dan Smailes to second spot at Bury GC

A comprehensive win for the Suffolk Ladies’ team who will have home advantage again when they face Rushmere in round one on July 3.

Bury GC Ladies were also at home in the preliminary round, but faced a tough match against a strong Diss team. The visitors won the first pairing but were beaten on the final hole of the final game.

Captained by Pat Cauldwell, Bury’s winning team members were Liz Bezance, Hannah Clark, Wendy Flack, Jo Beresford, Viv Kemp and Helen O’Connell.

Bury will have home advantage again in round one with Southwold the visiting team.

Stowmarket Ladies’ Stearn team were 1-1 against Seckford in their preliminary-round match, with the last game out on the course featuring Linda Gilham and Julie Blemings, all square on the 36th hole. They carried on playing to a conclusion, winning the match for Stowmarket on the 38th hole.

In round one Stowmarket are away to Cretingham, who beat Flempton.

Bury St Edmunds

The rain stayed away for the annual captains’ event at Bury GC last weekend when the golfers enjoyed a course in superb condition. There was a stiff breeze for the golfers to contend with on Saturday but the sun shone for both days.

TRIUMPH: Bury mens captain Nick Bonney and junior winner Danny Howes

TRIUMPH: Bury mens captain Nick Bonney and junior winner Danny Howes

The captains, Nick Bonney and Joan Warnett were on the first tee box from 6.30am on Saturday to host this popular annual event (over 200 members took part in competitions over the two days).

The main event on Saturday was a 4 Ball Better Ball competition where experienced campaigners Mike Greener (5hcp) and Barry Scarfe (10hcp) led the way with an impressive 45 points.

Dan Smailes (2hcp) and Ollie Flight (7hcp) took second place with 42pts on countback from Shaun Phillips and Stuart Turner. Two nine handicappers handled the windy conditions best in the Ladies’ Stableford with Bev Allen on top with 39pts and Lynne Wright carding 37. Alison Bass was third.

The men played a Medal on the Sunday and Bob Duncan scored a nett 68 from his 15hcp to win Division One and overall. Shaun Talbot and John McKeown came next both scoring nett 69.

The Ladies took part in their traditional 10-hole Four Ball Better Ball on Sunday, where Molly Smith and Chris Tilbrook pushed Liz Bezance and Julie Byford into second place. Both pairs scored 26pts.

Danny Howes won the Junior Stableford with 38pts.

The father and son pairing of Colin and Ben Aves are through to the fifth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes after a contest of changing fortunes at Newton Green. Despite giving their opponents six shots, they started well and were 5up after 6 holes and just one under the course, but their opponents had a good run of holes and were level by the 12th.

However, the Bury pair struck back playing the next four holes in one under par to win 4 & 2.

Thetford

There was a close finish to the Sidgwick Cup at Thetford, with plenty of drama on the last few holes. Rafe Ashby was having the round of his life until he finished 6-7 to drop four strokes on the last two holes. Fortunately, the 14-handicapper had already done enough - just!

Despite his disappointing finish he turned in a card of 85-14-71 to pip four-handicap Matt West and six-handicap Matt Wabe on countback. Ashby stood on the 17th tee having only dropped nine strokes and he ended up with a back nine of nett 35 while West had nett 36 after finishing with a five and Wabe a nett 37.

The top eight gross scorers qualified for the Cowan & Oliver Scratch Matchplay Knock-out.

Thetford have played three more matches in the Norfolk Handicap League and won them all. Their first win was 3-1 against Mattishall followed by two victories in matches played home and away against Dereham, over the same weekend. This keeps them in pursuit of Braid Division leaders Costessey Park.

Stowmarket

Stowmarket Ladies played their latest Division Two Weston Plate match away at Rookery Park last weekend. The team came away with an impressive winning result of 4-1 in this County League Scratch competition.

The Suffolk

Countback was required to separate the leading positions in The Suffolk’s latest Weekend Stableford competition, with three golfers scoring 39pts.

Craig Smart took third spot, Peter Thomas second while Colin Debenham’s first place took him to third in the Weekend Order of Merit table. Pete Cocksedge still leads the table with 26pts followed by Brian Wiltorn on 22.