Chris Boughton's Golf Column: Chapman and Hall hit top form
Graham Chapman took full advantage of the sunny and relatively mild winter conditions in the latest mid-week qualifier at The Suffolk.
A very impressive score of 42 Stableford points was four better than runner-up Gordan Markham and resulted in a two-shot handicap cut for Chapman.
Dave King finished third on 36 points.
On Saturday, Terry Hall returned an even more impressive 44 points to win the club’s qualifier, three points ahead of runner-up Dave King.
Former club captain Alf Jackson took third spot on count-back from Des O’Keefe.
Hall has had a spectacular last three months on the golf course in competitions, with his handicap cut by nine shots and still falling.
Brian Wilson carded 40 points to win the seniors’ Dudley Potter Stableford at the Suffolk on Thursday, three clear of Alan Horne in second spot.
Alf Sandford scored 42 points to take top spot in Sunday’s Stableford competition, three ahead of Paul Dufosee. Val O’Neil came third with 37.
Young Emilie Thomas also scored 37 points at the weekend to win the ladies’ Stableford qualifier.
Ladies’ captain June Smart was the runner-up with former captain Angie Lewis in third place.
The Suffolk Golf Club’s current captains June Smart and Pete Cocksedge have published details of their 2019 Charity Golf Day to raise funds for the My Wish Charity – Every Heart Matters campaign.
The main event is an 18-hole golf competition on Friday, June 7, with a 9am shotgun start for teams of four (best two from four scoring) followed by a barbecue.
There will be prizes for the top 15 teams, nearest-the-pins and longest-drives. There will also be a raffle and an auction.
The entry fee is £160 per team – call in at the Suffolk to enter or call 01284 706777.
Thetford Golf Club
The Norfolk Winter Alliance meeting was held at Thetford Golf Club on Valentine’s Day with a field of 88, and although early morning was a little frosty it soon cleared, and was like a spring day.
Andrew Marshall (Bawburgh) took first place in the Professionals’ competition with a fantastic 41pts. Marshall got off to a great start with a chip-in for an eagle three at his first hole, the 6th, and went on to add four more birdies against one bogey for a round of 67.
In second place was Gary Potter (Richmond Park) with 37pts and Jack Yule (King’s Lynn) was third with 34pts.
The better-ball Stableford saw the pairing of Mark Jackson & Allan Crerar (Eaton) end victorious with 41pts on count-back from Josh Brookes (Yarmouth) & Andrew Marshall (Bawburgh).
Andrew Rackham (Sprowston) & Norman Angus (Wensum Valley) came third.
Nearest-the-pin 3rd hole Gary Hubbard, 16th hole Andrew Rackham.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club
Daniel Smailes and Jamie Cooper put in a storming finish in the last round of the Winter Goblets series of four match at the Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.
Their 41-point total gave them a best three from four score of 118 points, a long way ahead of runners-up Nick Bonney & Colin Gray who finished up with 112.
In third place on count-back were Graham Sykes & Jack Deal.
Suffolk Winter Alliance
On a cold, but sunny day, with only a hint of a wind, 46 players enjoyed the Southwold course, in the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting, which was in excellent condition.
The fourball betterball Stableford competition was won on count-back by the Stowmarket pairing of Phil Fairbrother and Andy Goodwin with 42 points (20 points on the back nine), from the mixed Haverhill and Stoke-by-Nayland pair of Dave Simpkin and Gary Borthwick (8 points on the back nine).
There were 64 players, including two Professionals last Wednesday, in the fourball betterball Stableford competition held at Seckford Hall.
The weather was reasonably sunny and warm for the time of year with only a light breeze for this latest Suffolk Winter Alliance event.
The Professional prize was won by Sam Forgan of Stowmarket with a score of 71, five-over-par.
The home pairing of Liam O’Donovan and Steve Brown of Seckford made good use of their course knowledge as they won the amateur competition with 46 points.
The Stoke-by-Nayland pairing of Bob Filer & Terry Mitchell took second place on count-back from Brett Vale’s Gareth Morgan & Steve Carr, both pairs carded 43 points.
Scoring was generally very good in the mild winter weather with 11 pairs returning 40 points or more.
The Alliance Pro Order of Merit is led by Sam Forgan (Stow) with 20 points and in the sweep Order of Merit, Graham Vandervord (Stoke) is currently the main man with 214 points.
Stoke golfers hold the top seven places with the highest local golfers lying jointly in eighth spot – Alan Garrett & Chris Whatt (Bury St Edmunds) and Martin Mansfield (Haverhill).
The next meeting is a fourball betterball Stableford competition at Diss on Sunday (24th) for the Millennium Cup.