Chris Boughton golf column: Beaumount Trophy games get started
The Suffolk County Golf Union’s Beaumont Trophy first round matches were held last week with five local golf clubs taking part.
This is a four ball better ball competition nominally for senior male amateur golfers (10-20 handicap), although the rules state a minimum age of 55, with at least two participants per team over 65.
With golfers now commonly playing into their 80s this allows a wide age range to take part.
The Suffolk Golf Club fielded three players over 65 including their team captain Peter Plumb, who is 81. At the other extreme, Kevin Stannard made his debut at 55.
The wide range of ages in The Suffolk team did them no harm as they beat a strong visiting Rookery Park, 6up. There were five rookies in the team including Ivan Snelling who partnered Stannard to a 3up victory.
But the star performers were Brian Wiltorn and club captain Alf Jackson, who romped home 5up.
Four of our local teams enjoyed home advantage and all four won their matches.
Stowmarket, the 2016 Beaumont Champions, had a difficult closely fought game against Ipswich but came out on top by four holes.
Bury were too strong for West Suffolk, winning by five and Flempton beat Beccles 6up. See results page for match scores.
In the first round of the Suffolk County Stenson Shield (Scratch), on Saturday, Bury GC scored an impressive 8.5-3.5 win away at Southwold.
But not far along the coast, Flempton were unable to overcome Aldeburgh losing a close match 7-5. Their singles matches were drawn 4-4 but in the Foursomes Flempton went down 3-1.
The Flempton captain reported that he was very proud of the team’s efforts as two of the lost matches went to the final hole.
Stowmarket had a first-round bye and The Suffolk did not enter a team this year.
Aldeburgh will face the formidable task of playing at Stowmarket in round two on Saturday, June 24. Bury will head back to the East coast, this time to face Thorpeness.
Two steady rounds of 75 were good enough for scratch player Iain Yule to win the Steve Juster Cup at Thetford. Iain overhauled first-round leader Matt West in the 36-hole competition which is played over two days.
Five-handicap West signed for a one-over-par 73 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead over Yule. One-under-par on the 18th tee, he sadly finished with a double-bogey six.
The leading pair were followed by Peter Allott (76), John Tavener, Tom Fitchew and Gary Scott (78s), Matt Harben (79) and David Hudson (80). On Sunday, Yule completed the first nine in 36 while West took 43, including four sixes.
Yule had seven pars and two bogeys on the back nine to make sure he held off any challenge from West, who had three birdies, but finished with a bogey five at the 18th.
David Hudson, who plays off eight, returned a 78 on Sunday to take third place in the scratch event with 158, while also securing the Handicap Cup with a nett total of 142.
Peter Webster (15hcp) was runner-up with 143 with John Baldwin (13hcp) pipping West for third place on countback with a nett total of 144.
Bury St Edmunds
Bury member Mariette Robbertse, who plays off 10, came fifth in the EGU Ladies Medal regional final held at Rookery Park, to qualify for the next stage of the Bridgestone-sponsored Chase Your Dream Trophy.
Stowmarket’s Kim Davies (16hcp) secured the final qualifying spot with her 10th-place finish.
Mariette and Kim will take part in the next round at Woodhall Spa.
As well as Robbertse’s EGU Regional fifth place, the Bury Club have enjoyed a very good start to their 2017 County season with first-round wins for the Men’s Stenson, Tolly and Beaumont teams and the Ladies’ Haskell pairing of Georgia Parker and Lynne Wright.
Basket Trophy holders Ben and Colin Aves are also through to round four of the Daily Mail Foursomes.
Weather conditions for the club’s Colonial Trophy were ideal last Sunday and consequently scores were reasonably good.
Jeremy Thomas (13hcp) returned the best score of 6up, one shot better than Steve Wilkes in second place. Daniel Kaye was a shot further back in third.
After four rounds of the Weekend Order of Merit, Wilks leads the table with 19 points followed by Pete Cocksedge on 16. Thomas moved up to third with 14.
Weather conditions were not good for the Midweek Stableford at The Suffolk last week, with persistent rain, and Dave King only needed 34pts to take top place. Brian Wiltorn carded 32 for second place. John Dale had a bad scoring day but still leads the Midweek Order of Merit with 26 points.
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