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Ball helps prepare PGA Champs course

By Sport Bury

Thetford Golf Club greenkeeper David Ball had a weekend to remember when he joined the greenstaff at Wentworth for the recent PGA Championship.

Thetford Greenkeeper (2531017)
Thetford Greenkeeper (2531017)

Ball helped prepare the course prior to play and was also in action raking bunkers during the competition, which attracted a very large crowd and was broadcast live by Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, Ian Ramsay was in consistent form to win the Sidgwick Cup at Thetford last week.

The nine-handicapper had double bogeys at the fifth and 11th holes, but also included 15 pars, in his nett return of 68, to win on countback. Ames Killa was the unfortunate runner-up with 82-14=68, with Dean Scott in third place.

The top eight gross scores qualified for the Cowan & Oliver Cup (scratch K/O) and the first-round draw is: Dean Scott v Andy Beard, Matt West v Mike Horley, Ian Ramsay v Ross Sandford, Ray Hamilton v Daryl Breen.

Club champion Robert Setchel won the latest Midweek Medal with 71-4=67. His round included an eagle at the sixth to offset four bogeys on the front nine, followed by birdies at the 13th, 14th and 17th holes.

Andy Beard took second place on countback from Mark Lingard – both carded nett 69s.

Thetford Ladies recorded two fine away wins in the NLCGA Inter-Club league.

The first team won 5-2 away at Eaton with wins from Jess Dixon, Sue Pitcher, Janice Fossey, Wendy Puttock and Rosemary Bloom. The second team beat Dunston Hall 4-3 with wins for Gill Welham, Anne Bayes, Vicki Smith and Vera Squirrell.

Suffolk PGA Matchplay

Bury Golf Range professional Andy Goodridge is through to the semi-finals of the prestigious PGA Suffolk Professional Matchplay competition for 2018.

Goodridge beat Bradley Wilkins from Ipswich on the last hole 1up, after a very close match, at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club last week.

Wilkins had previously knocked out former Suffolk County champion Lawrence Dodd, one of the hot favourites to win this year’s Matchplay comp.

Also, through to the semis are Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Will Farley (Rushmere) and Andrew Robinson (Southwold). The semis and final will be played on the same day at a venue yet to be announced.

Stowmarket Golf Club

Seventy-six golfers took part in last week’s Midweek Seniors’ Medal competition at Stowmarket Golf Club in ideal weather conditions for golf.

Seniors’ competition secretary Barry Dove reported: “What a difference a year makes as those involved may remember that the June Medal last year was abandoned mid-morning due to heavy rain and a flooded course. Our temperate climate presented us with a very different day this June and it was a pleasure to be out in the open.”

Bill Morrison (winner on countback) and David Daniels both returned superb scores of nett 67 in Division One followed by Brian Delve in third place with 68. In Division Two, David Jones went even lower with a winning nett 66 with runner-up Paul Goodchild carding 69.

Michael Farrow will host Stow’s Seniors’ Captain’s Day on Thursday, July 5, when there will be a two tee start with drawn partners and money raised on the day will go towards to the East Anglia’s Children’ Hospice (EACH).

The club captains (Barry Knight and Anne Fenning) are supporting the same cause and host their Charity Day on Friday, July 13.

The Suffolk Golf Club

Jim Chapman plays golf regularly in the winter months but is the first to admit that his best golf is performed during the other seasons.

Since the weather improved so has Chapman’s golf competition results and his handicap is now down to 11 following his win in last week’s Stableford competition at the Suffolk GC.

He top-scored on the day with 39 points and is now up to joint second place in the Midweek Order of Merit table alongside Ivan Snelling, who suffered an uncharacteristic poor day with just 27 points.

Mark Rothon also had a bad day with just eight points on the back nine after a promising 20 points on the front. However, he still leads the Midweek league by nine points with 47.

Suffolk County Team Knock-out Competitions

The second round of the Hambro (9hcp and under) and Tolly (10-18hcp) Cups takes place on Sunday and the following Saturday it is the Stenson (Scratch) second round.

In the Hambro, Bury, who have won the cup for the past two years, take on Seckford at home and the Suffolk and Stowmarket also have home draws against Ipswich and Woodbridge respectively.

Historically a home draw in these competitions is a huge advantage.

However, in the Tolly the same three local teams all have away draws at Felixstowe, Bungay and Rookery. The following weekend there is a local derby in the Stenson when Stowmarket host Bury, while Flempton host Gorleston on their 9-hole gem.

Bury St Edmunds Golf


Michael Gee (1hcp) scored a superb round of nett 68 in last Friday’s freeplay Stableford competition at Bury GC but still failed to win, losing on countback to Benamin Hyett (15hcp).

Both golfers returned 42 points in a high scoring competition where 41pts (Cameron MacDonald) was only good enough for third place. Glen Knott took fourth place on countback from Steven Gee, both scored 39pts.

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