Chris Boughton golf column: Trophy-laden Golton appointed manager
Stowmarket Golf Club announced last week that they had appointed Trevor Golton as their new club manager. In a notice to the members, club chairman Russell Morley said: “Trevor will be known to many of you as our current club seniors and Suffolk County Seniors Champion and for running the Buxhall Crown very successfully. He also has a wealth of experience managing divisions of Greene King and Premier Inns and Mercedes Benz and BMW dealerships.”
Playing off a handicap of 6, Golton had an amazing run last summer winning the club championship and seniors’ championship both gross and nett in August. He followed that up in September, taking full advantage of playing at his home club, by winning the Suffolk County Seniors’ Championship.
Golton takes up his new position from today.
A team of eight Stowmarket ladies played away at Gorleston GC in the first round of the Four Ball Better Ball, Suffolk County Seniors’ Jubilee Shield. Conditions were ideal with sunshine and only a light breeze, and club vice-captain Anne Fenning led her Stowmarket team to a close 2-hole win, a good result away from home. They visit Flempton in the second round on Friday. June 30.
Stowmarket lady golfers also performed well at the recent Suffolk County Division Three meeting, with Edwina Hughes taking first prize with an impressive 40 points. Pam Wilshire finished third with 37pts.
Bury St Edmunds
The seniors’ club championships attracted 47 of the club’s over 55-year-old men and was contested over two rounds, played a week apart. The main gross championship was won by Jim Cole in a playoff over Malcolm Parkinson. The nett competition was split into three age categories, with Steve Flint winning the 55-61 bracket, Jeremy Hood the victor in 62-69 and Robert Duncan in the 70+ category.
The Ladies’ Juby Cup was held recently, with 54 golfers taking part. Claire Charlwood was the winner with a return of 40 points from her handicap of 13. Liz Bezance was second with 38 points on countback from Bianca Theeruth.
The ladies also played their May Stableford midweek, with 30 competing. Viv Whittaker took top spot scoring 43 points from her handicap of 34 and Judy Hamshere returned 40 points from her handicap of 12. Joan Hogarth came third with 39.
It was a delightful day for the Bury GC Ladies Cranworth team at Rookery Park Played at neutral venues, this is a team knockout for handicaps between 21 and 30. In this first round encounter, Bury took on and beat a strong Diss side, at Rushmere. The morning Foursomes were shared, but Bury won four of the six singles matches to end up winners by 5.5-3.5.
Congratulations to Bury member Sean Frost-Palmer (13hcp) who aced the 9th hole with a 9-iron in the Geoff Challenor May Qualifier.
Flempton’s golf course was in excellent condition for last week’s Centenary Cup, and Peter Coultart took full advantage scoring an impressive 40 points off his 16 handicap.
Rob Beecroft (8hcp) was runner-up on countback with 38pts from Omar James-Johnson (15hcp) and Colin Campbell (6hcp).
Following his win in the club’s Colonial Trophy the week before, Jez Thomas took top spot in the Midweek Stableford with 38 points off his 11 handicap. Jim Chapman came second on countback, which cut his handicap from 10 to nine. Five handicapper Simon Ferrari, last year’s nett club champion, made a rare midweek appearance and finished third with 35.
Pete Cocksedge has a seven-point lead at the top of the club’s Weekend Order of Merit table after winning Sunday’s Stableford with 38pts. Brian Wiltorn, Chris Tate and Graham Chapman all scored 37pts.
Thetford’s ladies won through to the second round of the Gillieson Cup, the county inter-club foursomes knockout competition, with an exciting 2-1 win at home to Dereham. Top player Shelly Pleasance had to withdraw due to injury and Jan Bone stepped in to team up with Jess Dixon. They made a strong pairing to win the top match by a comfortable 5 & 4 margin.
The second match went to Dereham by 4 & 3 to level matters and leave everything on the final match involving Sue Pitcher and Janice Fossey for Thetford. The match was close and the home pair worked hard to lead by two holes coming off the 16th green. At the 17th Thetford’s drive found bushes and resulted in a penalty drop. However, after playing onto the fairway a fine wood shot found the green and two putts proved to be enough to halve the hole in six and secure overall victory. Thetford go through to the second round on Sunday, July 2, when they are at home to Richmond Park or The Links.
Neil Elers (14hcp) pipped Robert Setchell (4hcp) on countback to win the May Midweek Stableford with 38pts.