Chris Boughton golf column: Bury rookies win Tolly fixture
Last Sunday, the first round of The Suffolk County Golf Union Hambro and Tolly team knockout competitions were played.
Playing on your home course is always a big advantage in these team events and that proved to be the case in all the match outcomes locally.
Stowmarket GC played at home against Southwold in the Hambro and Aldeburgh in the Tolly, winning 14up and 24up.
Bury included six rookies, three of which were Juniors (Ed Pomeroy, Max Whittaker & Andrew Gee) in their Tolly team and enjoyed a 26up win at home against St Clements.
The Suffolk had a tough Tolly away draw at Felixstowe and, despite playing in the sunshine by the sea, will not have enjoyed the encounter losing by 24 holes.
Flempton’s Tolly team were beaten by 34 holes at Diss.
The Suffolk, Bury and Flempton all had byes into round two of the Hambro, which will be played on Sunday, June 18, when the 2016 champions, Bury, will host The Suffolk in an eagerly awaited local contest.
See Results page for full team scores.
Mark Lingard (10hcp) and Tim McAlinden (11hcp) won Thetford GC’s Nunthorpe Cup, a four-ball better-ball Stableford competition, with a total of 44 points.
A birdie at the par-5 sixth on the way to 24pts on the front nine, and another birdie at the par-3 16th kept them ahead of the field on the way home. They finished two ahead of Phil Beer (7hcp) & Mike Horley (5hcp) and Terry Stephenson (11hcp) and Jake Barker (7hcp). Both pairs came in with 42pts.
In the Norfolk Handicap League, Thetford lost 3.5-0.5 away to Barnham Broom, with Peter Croker & John Ward the only pair to avoid defeat — and they halved their match.
In the Norfolk Ladies’ CGA League Division Three, Thetford scored an emphatic 5.5-1.5 win at home to Eaton 2. Shelly Pleasance, Kath Malvern, Julie Arthur, Sue Pitcher and Moira Morgan won their matches and Sheena Setchell secured a half. However, five of the games went to the 17th green or beyond.
Ivan Snelling and Jim Chapman’s good run in The Daily Mail Foursomes Interclub Knockout competition came to an end at Bawburgh GC last week. The golf course was in excellent condition but the bitterly cold, strong wind made life difficult for the golfers.
Snelling said: “It was a friendly but competitive match and we had a six-foot putt to win on the 15th green. We were 2 up with three to play but Jim’s putt just lipped out.”
The Suffolk pair then lost two of the final three holes to finish all square after 18, but were beaten by an impressive birdie from the Bawburgh pair on the play-off hole.
There was a good turn-out for the latest Tuesday night nine-hole social Stableford competition last week at The Suffolk. In Division One, three golfers scored 20 points and had to be separated on countback with Bob Stevens ahead of Daniel Kaye and James Edgar.
In Division Two, Joan Keil carded an impressive 21 points to push husband Ray (20pts) into second place. Colin Holder took third place with 18pts.
Andy Kemp took the prizes for the longest drive on hole three and nearest the pin on hole seven. Neil Bradley was nearest the pin (2nd shot) on hole five.
Bury St Edmunds
There were some good returns in round one of the Senior’s Championship at Bury GC last week.
Steven Flint led the way with a nett 67 off his handicap of 19 and will play off 18 in the second round.
Runner-up Bob Duncan scored 84-15-69 to push John Williams into third place on countback (88-19-69).
At Stowmarket GC, the strong pairing of Liz Laflin, a five-handicap golfer and Yvonne Hollis, an 11-handicapper played fantastic golf to win the Four Ball Better Ball Salver with 44 Stableford points. Runners up on countback from Jackie Presland and Tracy Kettle were Elaine Anderson and Mo O’Shaughnessy with 41 points. In Stowmarket’s first Division Two Weston match of the season — a Suffolk County league competition played off scratch — a team of their lowest handicap lady players won 3-2 on home turf against a very strong Bury St Edmunds side.
The matches were all quite close with some concluding on holes 19 and 20.
On a day with winter conditions, a bevy of past captains battled it out for the Pat Grayston Past Captains’ Plate. Veda Berriman won the trophy with a nett 76 narrowly beating Jane Bell on countback.
Kim Davies (16hcp) was the winner of the Ladies EGU Medal at Stowmarket last year for the best four Medal rounds of the season. This gained her a place in the Eastern Region Medal final at Rookery Park GC last Saturday. Kim came 10th to secure the last qualifying place for the next round at Woodhall Spa.