Chris Boughton’s column: Foster takes top prize at Stowmarket
John Cauldwell hosted his President’s Day at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club with two events – the President’s Putter for men and the President’s Mashie for the ladies.
The winner of the Putter was Matthew Fordham, with a below par gross score of 70. Kate Booty won the Mashie with an impressive Stableford score of 43 points.
Congratulations to Sylvia Jarvis for her hole in one on the ninth, which helped her to finish second in Division Two of the ladies’ event. For scores see results page.
The Suffolk Golf Club
In the July mid-week Stableford, Ivan Snelling overcame brutally hot and humid weather conditions to win with an impressive 40 points. Runner-up Jim Chapman was close on his heels with 39 points.
This was the last match in the third quarter mid-week order of merit table and despite Snelling’s win he just failed to overtake Brian Wiltorn who, with 79, beat him by three points.
Snelling, however, won the first match in the fourth quarter merit table the following week, when he led the way in the mid-week medal with a nett 70 off his 11 handicap. The third quarter weekend order of merit table was won by Alf Jackson with 22 points, followed by Brian Hay and Paul Delaney.
Stowmarket Golf Club
Stowmarket Ladies held their summer meeting recently - the biggest golfing event of their year.
On one of the hottest days of this summer so far, Jane Foster won the coveted President’s Prize - donated by the club president, Bill Darling - for her nett score of 67.
Clare Peck and Liz Laflin won the trophies for the best gross scores. Clare won the Joan Pattle Cup for Bronze Division players with a gross score of 96 and Liz won the Silver Lady Trophy for the best gross Silver Division score of 76.
The winner in Division One was Jane Foster with a nett score of 67 playing off 17, closely followed by Diane Evans with 68.
Sue Jackson led the way in Division Two with a nett 72, a shot ahead of Edwina Hughes.
Rosemary Stutuely’s nett 73 was the best score in Division Three.
In the Suffolk County Stenson Shield quarter final, Stowmarket Golf Club, captained by Gus Cutting, had the opportunity to avenge last year’s defeat by Hintlesham in the third round.
This time it was Stowmarket with home advantage. Andy Cunningham and Trevor Hellyer, two former Hintlesham members, had the added incentive of taking on past team-mates. Their strong morning performance was rewarded with a 4&3 victory and the first point for Stowmarket.
James O’Doherty and Kieran Issitt were matched against Hintlesham’s top pair and again performed superbly to bring home another point with a one-hole victory.
Two pivotal moments that were to help swing the match in Stowmarket’s favour came in the third and fourth matches. Mark Jones, partnering John Jameson, holed from 15 feet on the last for a great birdie two and a vital half.
Playing fourth pair, Jack Forgan and Henry Cutting won the last three holes for an unexpected one-hole victory.
The afternoon singles began in 30C heat with buggies loaded with iced water and Stowmarket looking for three points from eight matches.
The first point was won by Jack Forgan with a 7&6 victory and Andy Cunningham came back from 2down after 10 holes to win 2&1.
It was left to Jameson to secure the vital third point with an impressive 3&2 win and earn Stowmarket a place in the semi- final.
Matt Lockwood, playing as a reserve for Henry Cutting, won his match 4&3.
James O’Doherty and Mark Jones both halved their matches making a final match result of 8.5 to 3.5.
Stowmarket now face Woodbridge in the semi-finals at Felixstowe Ferry on August 20.
Thetford Golf Club
A dramatic 25-foot putt from 17-year-old left-hander Dean Scott ensured that three teams stormed through in Norfolk county knock-out events at the weekend.
Dean’s match-winning putt came on the final green of the Cullington Cup quarter-final at Ryston Park on Sunday. He had just seen his opponent shave the hole from slightly further away and responded with a putt which his team-mates reported ‘was in all the way.’ That putt meant a play-off was not needed after 144 holes of foursomes - Thetford had won by one hole.
It was more comfortable for the Myhill Trophy team at home to Middleton Hall as they won by 35 holes, while on Saturday the Scratch KO team, also at home, beat Barnham Broom 4.5-0.5.
The next step is another home tie for the Scratch team against Eaton on August 13, while the Myhill and Cullington semi-finals are played at neutral venues on August 21.
For the Myhill team there is a trip to the seaside to play neighbours Feltwell at Great Yarmouth & Caister, while the Cullington team go to Royal Norwich to face Eaton.