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Keeping Hydrated is the event winner


By Sport Bury


Vice Captain, Pete Cocksedge, tees off on the 10th at Tee Suffolk Captains Charity Day - photo Chris Boughton (3031060)
Vice Captain, Pete Cocksedge, tees off on the 10th at Tee Suffolk Captains Charity Day - photo Chris Boughton (3031060)

The annual Captains’ Charity Day took place at the Suffolk Golf Club last Friday on a hot day with little breeze, but the scoring in the competition was still impressive.

The Suffolk’s Director of Golf, Steve Hall, led his team of guests (Sarah Parks, Matt Hawkins and Andrew Stevens), who were appropriately named Keeping Hydrated, to a stunning win with 104 points.

Hall navigated the course in one under par and his guests played exceptionally well in this, best two scores from four, team format.

Second place went to Brian’s Bandits (Brian Wiltorn, Dave King, James Edgar & Keith Day) who beat Black Pig Crow on countback with both teams scoring 98 points.

The day was hosted by Men’s captain Alf Jackson and Ladies’ captain Karen Absolon, whose nominated charities are the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service and Music in our Bones. More than 100 golfers took part, and £3,000 was raised.

Absolon had a busy weekend at The Suffolk. After co-hosting the Captains’ Charity Day on Friday, she then hosted the Fairway Fest for the captains’ charities, outside the new clubhouse on Sunday.

On this occasion the dry, hot weather was welcome for what was a new family event featuring free live music from local choirs and groups.

Seniors Captains Day winner, Clive George, at Stowmarket receiving Cup from Capt Michael Farrow - photo Barry Dove (3031062)
Seniors Captains Day winner, Clive George, at Stowmarket receiving Cup from Capt Michael Farrow - photo Barry Dove (3031062)

Dave King was top man in the Suffolk’s Midweek Stableford competition with 37 points, beating Ivan Snelling on countback.

Jim Chapman maintained his recent run of form with 36 points for third place and has 61 points in the Midweek Order of Merit table, just six points behind leader Mark Rothon with three rounds remaining.

The club’s Seniors also had to contend with the heatwave in their medal last week but will have been pleased with the extra run on the ball, on the sun-baked hard fairways, that feature on all our local clubs’ courses currently.

Richard Grove made the most of the conditions to return a winning nett 71 off his 15-handicap. Alan Horne took second place with 94-22=72 followed by Stephen Christopher in third spot 86-13=73.

Thetford Golf Club

Thetford GC’s Ladies’ section also held their Captain’s Day in dry sunny weather and the leading scores in the competition were impressive.

Heather Keeble adapted to the conditions well, with 40 Stableford points from her 13 handicap, to take top spot in Division One.

But the leading score of the day was Vicki Smith in Division Two with a superb 43 points from her handicap of 24. See Results page for more scores.

The club’s summer meeting is always a popular event in the calendar and the entry was still high despite the scorching weather and dry fairways.

Stephen McKeown coped well, scoring 40 points from his 9-handicap including a birdie on the 5th and a run of nine consecutive pars on the back 9.

He finished three points ahead of Matt Wabe (6hcp) who had birdies on the 6th, 9th and 12th holes but dropped shots on three of the last four holes. Five handicap Dan Scott was third with 36.

Captains Karen Absolon & Alf Jackson at the SUffolk GC -photo Chris Boughton (3031055)
Captains Karen Absolon & Alf Jackson at the SUffolk GC -photo Chris Boughton (3031055)

Stowmarket Golf Club

Michael Farrow hosted the Senior’s Captains’ Day at Stowmarket on a sunny morning recently that was initially eased by a cooling breeze but got steadily warmer.

Clive George adapted well to the uncomfortable weather and was the leading points scorer in the Stableford competition. His 39 points included an outstanding 24 on the back nine. Barry Moore was runner-up with 37pts.

The Division Two best score came from Phil Rudland who beat Ian Brown on countback. Both scored 35. More scores on Results page.

Bury St Edmunds GC

Simon Byford, a PGA Pro at Bury GC and member Ben Coleman – the current Men’s captain’s son – took part in a 24-hour golf marathon, at the club from 3pm last Friday to 3pm on Saturday.

The event last took place in 1989 when four members completed seven rounds (approx 40 miles) at an average of 3hrs 26mins per round.

Simon and Ben beat that and set a new record of eight rounds at an average of 3hrs. On each round they were accompanied by other playing members. Byford said: “The rounds played in the dark were the most challenging and we had to use head torches and LED Glow balls.”

The marathon was to raise funds for the current captains’ (Ray Coleman & Hannah Clark) nominated charity – My Wish Every Heart Matters.

Michael Gee bounced back from his disappointing performance in the Club Championship to shoot 3 under gross in the Friday Stableford and his handicap is down to scratch.

His score of 40pts was one ahead of Henry Winnington and Trevor Titcombe, who both had 39pts. Steven Gee and Kevin Froud carded 38.

Scores were even better in the club’s Junior Stableford with Sophie Kublizek returning an amazing 50 points followed by Laura Eaden with 40. Andrew Gee’s (38) came third.



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