Chris Boughton’s golf column: Alex holds her nerve to clinch trophy
Twelve-year-old Alexandra Rock holed a 15-foot putt on the final green to win the 2016 Stonham Junior Players’ Championship with a great score of 32 (3 over par).
Alex had to hole her par putt on the last green to achieve the outright win.
In second place overall was 11-year-old Sawyer Osbourn, from Lakenheath Golf Club, with a score of 33 (4 over par).
Sawyer won the BIG Hole tournament, at Stonham, in October.
This event started at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since.
Some of the previous winners have gone on to become county players and even England internationals.
In addition to rewarding the winners, one of the main aims of these events is to encourage junior players, of all standards, to come along and enjoy playing golf.
On a sunny November day, there were players ranging from six years old (Michael Kirk) to 14 years old (Matthew Albon) in four age categories.
The winner of the Under-eights was Sebastian Kubitzek, who scored 38, with the Under-10s’ best coming from last year’s champion, Charlie Goodridge, with a score of 40.
The Under-12s was won by Sawyer Osbourn with a 33 and the Under-15s by the overall winner, Alexandra Rock.
Thetford’s delighted captains held the last official event of their year of office at the golf club .
The event revealed that impressive amounts have been raised for their chosen charities.
At the Captains’ Farewell Bash on Saturday night, Carole Plunkett of EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices) gave club captain Alan Brown a plaque in appreciation of the donation of £11,100 — enough to fund two days of care for life-threatened youngsters and their families.
In addition, ladies’ captain Janice Fossey has raised £2,000 for The Eve Appeal — her cheque will be presented at the forthcoming ladies’ annual meeting.
The second round of the club’s Winter League was held on Sunday, with Robert Taylor and Iain Yule leading the way with 38 points.
They finished one ahead of Matt Wabe and Matt West, with Rafe Ashby and Mark Brooks third with 35.
The league involves six rounds, with the best four scores counting.
After two rounds, the early leaders are Wabe and West with 73, followed by Taylor and Yule with 71.
Steve Burridge and Michael Smith, Paul Hensby and Nicholas Morgolo and James Camilleri and Dean Scott, all scored 70.
Structural work is now well underway for the new greenkeeper’s building, at The Suffolk Golf Club in the lower overspill car park, and ground work for the new clubhouse will follow shortly.
The clubhouse is being built adjacent to the All Saints Hotel and will connect with the existing changing rooms which will be completely refurbished.
Director of Golf Steve Hall confirmed that the clubhouse will overlook the first tee box and the 18th green: “An ideal location for our members and guests.”
Steve reported that vast improvements have also been made to the golf course this year with more to follow in 2017: “Stage one of the drainage work is almost complete and is having the desired effect.
“We will be monitoring the course over the winter months, then planning the next stage of the work.
“All the playing surfaces are improving at great speed and the STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) have given us a very positive year-end assessment.
“The old bunkers and bare areas have been seeded, and plans for the location of the new bunkers will be made known very soon.”
Along with the ongoing course improvements at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, it all bodes well for local golfers.
The annual Turkey Trot competitions were held at Flempton last week on two cold, but thankfully rain-free days.
In their first event, Colin Hawes (8hcp) and Mike Moran (19hcp) were well ahead of the rest with 37 points each, with Hawes taking top spot on countback.
Chris Springthorpe came third with 31 points ahead of Robert Elton and Andrew Long on countback.
In the second event, competition secretary, George Courtney (9hcp) carded 36 points just beating Rob Beecroft (8hcp) on countback.
Tony Darnell was third with 31 points.
Suffolk Winter Alliance
The Suffolk Winter Alliance event, scheduled to be played at Hintlesham Hall Golf Club, on November 30, was postponed due to the weather conditions.
The next competition will be played at Ufford Park, takingplace on Thursday, December 15.