Thetford and Bury set sights on cup glory

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Thetford and Bury St Edmunds are preparing for two major club matches this weekend with both having an eye on achieving cup glory.

Thetford host Ealing in the eighth round of the Mail on Sunday national competition tomorrow, while Bury face Ipswich in the final of the Tolly Cobbold Cup at Thorpeness on Sunday.

Victory for both clubs would bring enormous if differing rewards.

Thetford would find themselves in the national quarter final of a prestigious competition that attracted 3000 clubs across the country this year.

And Bury would have the pleasure of securing a trophy they last won back in 1997.

Captain Barry Storey is able to retain the squad that has taken the Tut Hill club to this final test.

Thetford’s team of Dan Traher, Mark Henfield, Andrew Horsburgh, Ian Farnham and Robert Setchell has been unchanged throughout their successful run through seven rounds.

But oddly it may prove a problem if the team wins through to the semi-final at the Precise Golf Resort El Rompido in Spain and one of them is unable to play for whatever reason. Competition rules state that team members in the semis must have played in at least two earlier rounds.

So club captain Gary Goodchild and team skipper Mervyn Aho have fingers crossed that everybody will stay fit and available as the team take on a strong Ealing side tomorrow. The match tees off at 12.20pm

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Three Suffolk professionals will tee off in the final of the SkyCaddie PGA inter-county championship to be held at The Belfry in October.

Felixstowe Ferry assistant Peter Latimer produced the stand out round of seven under par 65 in the qualifier at Nazeing. He was supported by the Bury Golf Range duo of Kevin Earp and Lawrence Dodd, the latter contributing rounds of 67 and 68.

It left the trio at sixteen-under-par on 272 for the 36-hole qualifier, ten ahead of Middlesex in second spot. Suffolk will go up against four other counties at The Belfry where they will compete over 36 holes for a £10,000 prize fund.

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Former Bury St Edmunds member Andy Collett, now at Ipswich, topped the Suffolk men’s Order of Merit for wins, halves and appearances in the second team. He scored 22 points with Haverhill’s Calvin Vince second on 20.

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Seventeen year old Jack Forgan completed a Stowmarket championship double when he took the junior version with a gross 70 just a week after claiming the club title. Best handicap return was achieved by Olivia Rush who managed a net 59 and trimmed six strokes from her 29 handicap.

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Margaret Peasgood may be a 36 handicap player who managed only 23 points in Division Three of Bury women’s Stableford, but her day was made when she holed out in one at the club’s 9th hole.

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