Chris Boughton’s golf column: Snelling and Chapman in great form
Despite difficult winter playing conditions, Val O’Neill scored a nett 69 off his 16 handicap to win the Weekend Stableford competition at The Suffolk.
Jim Chapman continued his rich vein of form in second place (80-9=71) with another in-form golfer, Ivan Snelling (81-10=71), finishing third on count back.
Stuart Clark also had a nett 71 for fourth place and it was good to see him back in the frame again.
After just three rounds of the club’s latest Weekend Order of Merit, Snelling is way out in front at the moment with 25 points.
Dave King is next best on 13pts.
The prestigious national Daily Mail Foursomes competition, for 2017, is well under way with first round inter-club competition results starting to come in.
In-form members Ivan Snelling and Jim Chapman are The Suffolk’s entrants this year, having won the club’s own Foursomes competition.
They were faced with a potentially difficult first round encounter away at Newmarket Golf Club, a course that neither knows well.
It was a very windy, but dry day with the course in superb condition and The Suffolk pair took full advantage of this with both players on top form.
Chapman had his putting boots on, Snelling gave a chipping masterclass and they did not miss a fairway as they romped to an impressive 6&5 away win.
Snelling also won last week’s Mid-Week Stableford competition, at The Suffolk, with 36 points and is now only two points behind Mick Davy in the Mid-Week Order of Merit table.
Bury St Edmunds
After Storm Doris had disrupted the Ladies’ Mid-Week Stableford, conditions were much calmer for their Weekend competition.
Molly Smith returned the best score with 36pts from her 15 handicap, followed closely by Jackie Watson on 35.
Liz Bezance came third with 31.
Colin and Ben Aves are through to the second round of The Daily Mail Foursomes.
They beat their Thetford opponents in the first round on the 19th hole at Bury Golf Club.
Scratch player Iain Yule team ed up with five-handicapper Rob Taylor to win Thetford Golf Club’s Winter League trophy.
The Foursomes competition involved six rounds, with the four best scores counting, and Yule and Taylor compiled an excellent 144 points – an average of 36 per round.
Second place went to Steve Burridge and Michael Smith with 137, followed by three pairings on 135 — Norrie Dickson/Brian Youngs, James Camelleri/Dean Scott and Paul Hensby/Nick Murgolo.
Dickson and Youngs took third place on countback thanks to winning the final round of the competition on Sunday.
Ladies’ Captain Gill Welham was delighted with the response to the annual coffee morning last week where Steve Rihn from the Fire Brigade was the guest speaker.
Gill said: “Thanks to the generosity of those attending, a total of £661 was raised for the ladies’ section.
“Cakes and biscuits were donated, purchased and enjoyed by all.”
The Stowmarket Ladies held a Mid-Week Medal competition on a winter’s morning with no frost or rain to contend with and thankfully no remnants of Storm Doris to deal with either.
However, there had been heavy overnight rain and this brought into play two temporary greens.
Anne Fenning explained the consequences: “We only had two, but as our temporaries have holes that are greater than 4.25 inches, the competition immediately became a Non-Qualifier.”
Samantha Annis was the winner in Division 1 of this ‘Non-Qualifier’ with a return of 88-14=74.
Anna Suggett had the best score in Division 2 and Maggie Beveridge in Division 3. See page 134 for all of the results from the event.
Suffolk Winter Alliance
It was an overcast day for the latest round of the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting, which was held at Diss GC on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
With late starting players having the windy conditions, 88 golfers, including one Professional enjoyed a drier than expected Diss course, playing long as there was little or no run on the ball.
The Professional prize was won by Sam Forgan of Stowmarket with a 78 and the Fourball Better Ball Stableford was won by the Haverhill pairing of Martin Mansfield and Neil Farendon, who amassed a total of 44 points.
Rob Benson and Chris Willamson took the runners-up spot with 43pts followed by Rob Benson and Chris Williamson one point further back in third.
The next meeting is a mid-week Pro-Am team event at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.