Bury progress in Hambro Cup
Reigning Champions, Bury St Edmunds GC, are through to the third round of the Suffolk County Hambro team KO Cup after beating Seckford, at home, in the second round by 9up.
However, captain Phil Smailes said: “It was a difficult match bearing in mind the amount of shots we had to give away (18 in both morning and afternoon matches) but in the end our quality shone through.
It certainly wasn’t a foregone conclusion until midway through the afternoon session”.
Bury fielded a strong team of low handicap golfers – Craig Nurse (1hcp), Ben Aves (4), Andy Cunningham (2), Mike Greener (5), Steve Duffety (3), Dan Smailes (1), Ben Coleman (3) and Roger Nicholson (4). Phil Graham (5) was the reserve.
Ipswich GC also had to give away a lot of shots (16) to their hosts, The Suffolk GC, in their second-round Hambro encounter, but they fell short in a closely fought match. The Suffolk were 2up at lunch and went on to a superb win of 3up overall.
This was a big scalp for The Suffolk who are a much smaller club than their Purdis Heath-based competitors. The winning Suffolk team were Gary Last, Andy Kemp, Simon Webb, Danny Hawkins, Chris Tate, Ian Mortlock, Mark Henfield and Daniel Kaye. Reserve Alf Jackson.
Both Bury and The Suffolk will have away matches in the third round on Sunday, July 15.
The Suffolk Golf Club
June Smart and Mark Rothon extended their leads at the top of the Midweek Order of Merit tables at The Suffolk last week, after winning the club’s latest qualifying competitions.
Smart (94-27=67) was five shots better than runner-up Karen Absolon in the Ladies Medal and Rothon carded 38 points to win the Men’s Stableford. Also, in the Men’s competition, Jim Chapman continued his recent good form coming second with 37, followed by Terry Hall on 36.
The Suffolk held the second match in their Mayor Mayhem Open series last Saturday, coinciding with the US Open.
Weather conditions were good and Dan Martin took full advantage to return an impressive score of 44 points for first place. James Laflin came second on countback from Rhys Nightingale, both scored 39 points.
At the half way stage of the Major Mayhem series, Martin leads with 80 points followed by Iain Stark with 76.
Men’s captain Alf Jackson returned to form, coming out on top in the weekend Medal with nett 67 off his 12-handicap (now 11) followed by James Laflin (nett 69) and Mark Henfield (nett 71).
Bury St Edmunds GC
James Hewitt’s superb net 66, from his 16 handicap, in Bury’s midweek Medal was two shots clear of runner-up Jack Delaney (82-14=68). In-form Cameron MacDonald took third place with nett 69.
In Friday’s mixed medal, Terence Edwards took first place on countback from Guy Lesser, both scored nett 69. Two-handicapper Justin Millard came 3rd with Glenn Knott in 4th spot.
Thetford Golf Club
Malcolm Cawte, from Selsey GC, birdied the last two holes to snatch victory in the UK Seniors GA Championship event at Thetford last week.
Cawte, who had won the other East Anglian UKSGA event at Aldeburgh in April, ended with a two-round score of 147, three over par.
His closest rivals Paul Nancarrow (Old Fold Manor) and John Yuill (Links, Newmarket) both bogeyed the final hole to end one shot adrift.
Nancarrow (148) took the silver medal from Yuill on countback. Steve Duffety (Bury St Edmunds) returned 74+76=150 and Robert Setchell (Thetford) 78+80-158.
Thetford held a Festival of Golf to celebrate the first anniversary of the club’s purchase by the members.
Golf competitions and events were held every day including a Norwich City v Ipswich Town team event, a mixed Open, a member’s team Stableford an AMAM, Seniors’ Open, English Whiskey Yellow Ball team competition, and concludes this Sunday with a Texas Scramble.
There was also a beer festival, barbecue and live music on the programme. Competition results will be featured here next Friday.
Tim McAlinden pipped Ed Cole on countback to win the men’s Centenary Trophy at Thetford. McAlinden, who plays off 13, had birdies at the 4th, 12th, 14th, and 17th but a double bogey at the 18th gave him some nervous moments before the win was confirmed.
The club’s Ladies’ Century Trophy was won by Carolyn Beaumont with 87-16=71, beating Val Cunningham (100-28=72) into second place. Cunningham also came second in the Rhoda Arthur Trophy which was won by Shelly Pleasance.
Suffolk Amateur Champs
James Biggs (Diss) beat home golfer Sam Debenham (Hintlesham), at the second playoff hole, to win the 2018 Suffolk Amateur Championship.
Defending champion Biggs and Debenham were tied at 143 for the 36 holes, one shot better than third-placed Jed Seeley (Newton Green).