Chris Boughton’s golf column: Thetford’s top three take the honours
Thetford Golf Club are the Norfolk Scratch champions for the first time in 30 years. They beat Costessey Park in the semi-finals and then Royal Norwich in the final at Weston.
The team of Giles Evans, Iain Yule, John Stapleton, Mark Henfield and Paul Pearce came through two close encounters.
In the morning semi-final, Giles had to get up and down to win the last hole for a half, and behind him Yule and Stapleton also won.
Costessey won the final two matches to leave the overall score tied at 2.5-2.5.
Evans went out with Dylan Green for the sudden-death play-off and the first two holes were halved in par figures. At the third extra hole Evans sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie to secure a hard-earned win.
In the final it was again the top three for Thetford who secured the victory. Evans won 2&1 against star county player Tom Nudd, who had not lost a scratch match all year.
In match two Yule came home a comfortable 5&4 winner and Stapleton made sure of the trophy with a 2&1 win in match three.
Behind them Henfield had to concede at the ninth after injuring his hand while Pearce lost the final match to leave the overall score 3-2. Thetford had last won the trophy in 1986.
Thetford’s Daily Mail Foursomes qualifier was won by Matt Wabe and Matt West with a score of 71.5. They beat Matt Harben and Robbie O’Brien on countback, with Peter Allott and Trevor Wignall third with 73.0.
Linda Gilham led the way the way in Division One of Stowmarket’s mid-week Ladies’ Stableford with 38 points from her 19 handicap.
The previous week’s Medal runner-up, Jane Darling (12hcp), came second again with 36 points. Anne Fenning (24hcp) carded the best score, 39, in Division Two, and Sylvia Hay (36hcp) led Division Three with 38.
The winner of the Woodward Plate was Linda Gilham with Gwen Dunn runner-up.
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Susan King won the Eleanor Bryant Grannies’ Cup with 38 Stableford points from her 20 handicap on countback from Maureen Pettit (27hcp). Susanne Brinkley (25hcp) came third with 36 ocb from Molly Smith (15hcp).
In the Ladies’ Past Captains’ Cup the winner Pat Cauldwell scored 39 Stableford points, two ahead of runner-up Sylvia Jarvis. Joan Wilson came third with 32.
The Lake Cup is the club’s men’s singles match-play competition which is played throughout the summer months.
The final was held on Saturday, over 36 holes, and was contested between 17-year-old, five-handicapper, Ben Aves and the much more experienced Paul Glasswell.
Aves was one up after the morning round and held on to that lead after lunch, winning the last hole to clinch a 2up victory.
Three of the club’s long-serving members came into form to take the honours at the Men’s Weekend Medal.
Dave King (22hcp) won with a nett 69, one shot ahead of Peter Bugg (19hcp) ocb from Roger Smith (14hcp).
Mick Davey and Bob Stevens are the Suffolk’s in-form golfers at the moment. Davey won the club’s Men’s Mid-week Medal last week, with a net 69 after winning the Mid-week Stableford earlier in September.
Stevens followed up his recent weekend Stableford win with second place to Davey, nett 70, in the Medal on countback from Ivan Snelling and Jeremy Thomas.
Both Davey and Stevens have received two-shot cuts to their handicaps in the past couple of weeks.