Chris Boughton’s golf column: West Suffolk Pros’ YouTube success
Congratulations to West Suffolk-based Golf Professionals Simon Byford (Bury GC) and Adam Trett (The Suffolk GC) for passing the 100 video milestone on their golf channel — PGAlife365 — on YouTube. It’s free to watch, free to subscribe, very entertaining and also informative about golf instruction and current European/USPGA golf tours competitions.
They only started uploading videos in May last year so it’s a remarkable achievement to reach such a prolific level of output so quickly. Their 100 YouTube videos highlights show can be viewed now on PGAlife365.
Chris Tate and Darren Hubbard were the runaway winners of the fifth round of the Suffolk Golf Club’s Winter League with an impressive 42 Greensomes points. The next best scores were three pairs on 38 points in countback order: Daniel Kaye/Terry Manning, John Mealey/Perry Garrod, Dave King/Ron Hazell.
With one round remaining, Mealey and Garrod lead the league table with 150 points followed by King and Hazell on 146. However, with the final League positions decided by taking the best four scores from the six rounds, the competition is still wide open with any of the top six pairs still able to be crowned overall champions.
The final round will be played on Sunday, March 5 (see page 134 for the latest league table).
It was very tough going for The Suffolk’s ladies in their Mid-Week Stableford with heavy rain to contend with for the first couple of hours. The sun did appear later but it was very wet under foot and scoring wasn’t easy. Jackie Thomas made the best of the difficult conditions, scoring 31 points off her 15 handicap. Vicky Clark carded 29pts off 27 and Rio Everitt came third with 28pts off 16.
The men followed the ladies, with their own Mid-Week Stableford, and fared slightly better in the damp conditions. John Dale returned to winning form with 37pts closely followed by the still in-form Dave King on 36pts. One point further back, Mick Davey finished third.
Dale’s win saw him leapfrog Davey in the Mid-Week Order of Merit table. and after four rounds he is one ahead with 28pts.
Bury St Edmunds
Michael Gee (3hcp) had to settle for the runner-up position in Division One for the second Mid-Week competition running at Bury Golf Club. Last time out, the current Club Champion was pipped by just one point, but this time he was only beaten on countback.
Ben Aves (5hcp) was the victor with 39 points. John Cullum (6hcp) took 3rd place on countback from Scott Rutterford (9hcp), with both scoring 37pts.
In Division Two, Wayne Murfet also carded 39pts followed by Paul Brinkley on 36 and Nick Templeton on 35.
The fourth and final round of Bury GC’s postponed Winter Goblets has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 19. The first tee time will be 7.30am to allow the scheduled Junior Stableford to follow on.
Stowmarket Ladies held their February Mid-Week Stableford last week in mild but wet conditions and this was reflected in the scores returned. In Division One, Joan Hunter (14hcp) needed just 32 points to top score, beating Julie Blemings (17hcp) into second place on countback.
Edwina Hughes (26hcp) carded a best of the day score of 34 to win Division Two, followed by Hilary Plummer (26hcp) and Carolyn Tanner (21hcp), both on 31. Irene Overman returned 29pts in winning Division Three.
Liz Laflin made an impressive start to her golfing year by scoring a hole-in-one at the 11th in this competition. This is her second ace at the 11th hole, her first being three years almost to the day. Laflin, a 5-handicapper with an already enviable swing, has been working with Stowmaket Pro Jon Markham this winter and it looks like this was an excellent move.
Suffolk Winter Alliance
It was a sunny Sunday near the sea for the 56 golfers who played in the latest Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting, held at Southwold Golf Club. The weather was kind and the course reported as being in good condition for the time of year, with medium paced greens rolling true.
Stowmarket Professional golfer Sam Forgan may have had no pro competition to compete against on the day, but he certainly beat the course with an impressive four-under-par score of 66.
In the main Fourball Betterball event, the Stoke-by-Nayland pairing of Ian Benson and Alan White took top spot with 45 points, just pipping Forgan and partner Colin Leathers (Stowmarket) by one point.
Haverhill’s Simon Cousins and Malcolm Robinson were pushed into third spot on countback. Benson’s win extended his lead in the Order of Merit table and he is now seven points ahead of fellow Nayland golfer Roger Gardiner.
Nayland golfers occupy the top nine places in the table. The next meeting is mid-week at Brett Vale and is also a Fourball Betterball event.