Chris Boughton's Golf Column: King on course for a coronation
Dave King came second in the midweek qualifier at The Suffolk on Wednesday, with 39pts, and leads the order of merit league after six of the 13 rounds, with 38 points.
John Dale climbed up to second place in the league after winning the latest midweek qualifier with 40 Stableford points.
Conditions were difficult in the strong, cold north easterly wind and Ivan Snelling only needed 34 points to take third spot.
In the Saturday medal, Brian Hay (20hcp) returned a score of net 66 to win the day and lead the order of merit with 14pts after two rounds.
Paul Dufosee (13hcp) and Mark Rothon (16hcp), who are both currently in good form, came second and third with net 67s.
Birdies at the 2nd, 4th and 5th holes on the front nine followed by two more on the 16th and 18th helped Chris Tate to a superb nett 66 off his 5-handicap in the latest Sunday qualifier at The Suffolk Golf Club.
Terry Hall was a long way back in second place (90-18=72) and Paul Dufosee came third.
After three rounds of the latest Sunday order of merit league, Dufosee leads the way with 23 points followed by Hall and Tate, who are both on 20pts.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club
Stephen Mullen is the winner of the 2018/19 Glasswell’s Cup at Bury GC after finishing in fourth place in the final round last Monday.
Thirty-eight points were enough to give Mullen a best three from four aggregate score of 115 points, just one point ahead of runner-up Robert Duncan.
Barry Tyler finished third with 111 followed by John Reed and David Peake who both amassed 109pts.
Twenty-four handicapper Philip Tullet took top spot in the final round with 40pts, followed by Reed and Steve King who both carded 39.
It was cold and very windy for the midweek Stableford competition at Bury last Wednesday, and the recent high scoring in qualifiers at the club was not sustained in Division One.
Thirty-nine points were enough to give 15-handicapper John Hanratty first place.
He was closely followed by Colin Debenham, Michael Gee and Mark Bailey, who all finished with 38.
However, the top three golfers in Division Two all exceeded 40 points and these were led by Michael Williams’s superb score of 44.
Nathan McClellan finished in second place while Micky Power came third.
Both scored 41pts.
Thetford Golf Club
Ashley Forbes won Division One of the February medal at Thetford with 82-12-7 finishing two strokes ahead of Bryan Muggeridge (81-9-72) and Terry Blacktopp (78-6-72).
Derek Sullivan won Division Two with 83-15-68, four better than Martin Lash (88-16-72) and James Killa (86-13-73).
Thetford’s men’s and women’s teams both bowed out of the Daily Mail Foursomes in the first round.
Matt Harben & Robbie O’Brien lost 4&2 at home to the Bury St Edmunds pairing of Graham Staff & Graham Smith after the Ladies pairing of Barbara Bailey & Jane Herrington had lost to Diane Bunten & Barbara Greatbatch, from Feltwell.
Suffolk Winter Alliance
Fifty-six golfers including one professional took part in the latest Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting held at Flempton last Thursday in high winds, and for the later players heavy, cold rain.
The greens, however, were fast and true.
Sam Forgan, the pro taking part, played the course in a superb 68.2 and also partnered Andy Goodwin to first place in the team Stableford scoring 45 points.
Both players represent Stowmarket Golf Club.
Richard Walters (Diss) & Paul Samain (Ufford Park) were runners-up with 42pts and Mark Milner (Brett Vale) & Adrian Cherry (Stoke-by-Nayland) came third with 40 points.
With just one meeting remaining for 2018/19, Stow’s Andy Godwin shares third spot in the individual order of merit table with Stoke’s Tony Carmen. Both have 209pts.
Dean Brace (Stoke) is currently in second spot with 212pts and Graham Vandervord, also Stoke, has a two-point lead with 214pts at the top of the order of merit table.
So, all to play for in the final Winter Alliance meeting at Haverhill on Sunday, March 24.