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Local rivals battle for County honours

The Suffolk County Golf Union men’s team competition quarter-finals for 2016 are now complete, with Stowmarket Golf Club through to three semi-finals and Bury St Edmunds Golf Club two.

Bury and Stowmarket will play each other in two of those.

In the Stenson Shield, played off scratch, Stowmarket will face Woodbridge in their semi-final at Felixstowe Ferry on September 10.

Stowmarket are also through to the semis of the Hambro Cup (max handicap 9) where they face rivals Bury, at Haverhill, on Sunday.

In the Tolly Cobbold Cup (h/cap 10-18), Stowmarket were the last local team left in this year’s competition quarter-finals but were knocked out by Gorleston, away from home, by 13 holes. Stowmarket, however, have the honour of hosting the final at their course on August 28.

There are also no local teams through to the semi-finals of the Parks Trophy (for seniors h/cap max 12), but Bury hosts the Newton Green v Hintlesham semi.

Bury and Stowmarket reached the semis in the Beaumont Trophy (seniors 13-24 h/cap) a couple of weeks back. Last week The Suffolk set out to join them when they faced a very tough match away at Felixstowe Ferry, who were last year’s runners-up.

There were showers to contend with early on, but sunny periods followed and so did a typical links course breeze.

The visitors did their best to prepare for this tricky encounter by using their practice round the week before, but the weather gods gave them totally still conditions, with not even a ripple of sea breezes. The Suffolk needed to practise the course in a stiff breeze.

On the quarter-final competition day The Suffolk started well, with their first pairing of Brian Wiltorn and Alf Jackson winning by four holes. Unfortunately they lost the three other pairings and finished nine holes down overall.

Bury, last year’s Trophy winners, and Stowmarket play each other in the semis at Newton Green on August 17.

In the Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association team competitions, Stowmarket also have a team through to the semi-finals of the Cranworth Trophy (21-30 h/cap). They beat Cretingham and will face Ufford Park at Halesworth on August 25.

The two local ladies’ teams who made it through to the quarter-finals of the Stearn Trophy (12-20 h/cap) were both knocked out of the competition. Stowmarket lost at Haverhill and The Suffolk ladies were beaten at home by last year’s winners, Woodbridge, 2-1.

Thetford Golf Club

Forest Holidays Summer Series has built up to a fine climax with joint leaders going into the last two rounds of the competition.

Dave Bennett and Iain Yule both scored 29 points to take their totals to 109. Mark Lingard is just one behind while Dave Hudson is on 107.

The format is four scores to count from an 11-week series of 13-hole Stablefords on sunny Thursday evenings.

In fact two of the rounds were abandoned due to thunderstorms and some of the conditions have been decidedly poor..

Phil Beer and Sharon Caws won the Carter Rose Bowls on Sunday with a Greensomes Stableford score of 37 points. Robert and Sheena Setchell were second with 33, beating Roger and Vicki Smith on countback. Heather Keeble and Sue Pitcher’s run in the Daily Mail Foursomes came to an end in the sixth round at Ufford Park GC.

Having won through five rounds, with wins by increasingly larger margins, the Thetford pair found giving 11 strokes and home advantage was too much to overcome.

The Thetford Ladies’ Captain’s Charity Stableford raised just over £575 for the Eve Appeal (see results page).

Congratulations to Thetford’s Stuart Henderson who holed his tee shot at the third in the Frank Salmon Bowl competition.

The Suffolk Golf Club

The Major Mayhem series comprises four Stableford competitions with each one played on the last day of golf’s Majors. The final competition accompanied the closing round of the USPGA major at Baltusrol.

The Major Mayhem is open to all members of The Suffolk and guests, and therefore slightly easier to enter than the British Open, the Masters, the US Open or USPGA but is a keenly fought, friendly and popular annual local series of matches.

Guest player Raymond Burns won the final event on USPGA Sunday with 45pts followed by The Suffolk’s course marshall, Brian Wiltorn, on 42.

Wiltorn is on a rich vein of form at the moment, having recently won two mid-week medals, the club’s third-quarter Order of Merit table, all of his pairs matches in the Beaumont knockout team competitions and he currently leads the Tuesday Night Stableford.

Dan Martin was the winner of the overall Mayhem series with 81 points. Runner-up with 74pts was Peter Lewis, just one point ahead of his wife, Angie, the club’s Ladies’ captain.

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