Victory in the Stenson Shield
Despite the recent hot, dry weather captain Ralph Evans and head greenkeeper Roy Alderton set up the Flempton course perfectly for the visit of Gorleston in the Stenson Shield on Saturday.
Flempton started well, leading 3-1 after the morning foursomes and the momentum was maintained with a crushing 9&8 win for Mark Rea in the first afternoon singles match.
But it was not until the 18th green, in the penultimate match, that Stuart Jarvis secured the Flempton victory with an 8-foot putt for a half.
With a win for captain Ralph Evans in the last match, the final score was 7½ to 4½ to Flempton.
Nine of the 12 matches were not decided until critical putts on the 18th green between these two competitive sides.
Flempton director Jeremy Nunn said: “Thoughtful team selection and course set-up was critical to Flempton securing their first home win in the Stenson since 2011.”
They now travel away to face a strong Woodbridge side, who were runners-up in 2017, for the quarter-finals on Saturday, July 21.
Bury St Edmunds GC are also through to the quarter-finals of the Stenson Shield after beating local rivals Stowmarket 7½-4½. Bury will be relieved to have won this tough encounter as Stow have a strong Stenson team and had home advantage, which is historically huge in these knockout matches.
Last year Bury reached the semi-finals where they lost to the eventual champions Aldeburgh who were knocked out in the first round this year. Bury will enjoy home advantage in the next round on Saturday, July 21 against Newton Green.
Eastern Region Ladies
County Match Week
Norfolk came out on top at the Eastern Region Ladies County Match Week, hosted by Suffolk County this year, at Woodbridge Golf Club.
Despite Suffolk beating Norfolk 5-4 on day four, Norfolk went on to win overall with 27 points after overcoming Cambs & Hunts on the final day.
Suffolk, who were Eastern Region champions last year, finished a commendable second. Bedford, Herts and Essex also took part.
Norfolk have won the County Match Week twice in three years and will represent the East Region in the English County Championship Finals, to be played at North Devon GC, in September.
The Suffolk Golf Club
Alf Jackson, the club’s captain, is currently the man to beat at The Suffolk, following up his weekend medal win by taking top spot on 39 points in the Stableford on Wednesday.
Craig Smart was the unlucky runner-up, only losing on countback. Both golfers received one-shot cuts to their handicaps.
Club president Peter Plumb continues to outshine many of his younger competitors, coming third with 36 points off his 19-handicap. Pete Lewis was pushed into fourth place on countback.
In the Midweek Order of Merit table, the three leading golfers (Mark Rothon, Jim Chapman & Ivan Snelling) did not have their best days but still prevail at the top with 59, 48 & 43 points respectively.
In the Ladies’ Midweek Stableford, Victoria Clark returned an impressive 38 points to lead the way, followed by ladies captain, Karen Absolon, who carded 36.
In their Order of Merit, June Smart is still top on 44 points followed by Joan Keil with 38 and Absolon on 31.
Thetford Golf Club
There was a cracking start to Thetford Golf Club’s Festival of Golf with 29 teams taking part in the members’ Stableford.
The winning team was Chris Tilly, Derek Smith, Mick Tilly & Paul Macrow with 91pts, one more than Andrew Bloom, Reg Mayhew, Jon Olpin & Brian Muggeridge, who pipped Dean Scott, Gary Scott, Ian Farnham & Colin Butler on countback.
Nearest the pin prizes went to John Barton (1st), Paul Waters (3rd), Les Day (11th) and Peter Croker (16th). The prizes were donated by Greene King.
Ken and Sharon Chatteris combined well to come in with 49pts to win the Mixed Open as Thetford GC’s Festival of Golf continued. Their prize was dinner for two on a Thames cruise.
Second place went to Paul and Yogi Jackson (Gog Magog) with 48 (dinner at the Hilton in Park Lane).
Six pairs finished on 44pts and had to be separated on countback. The fortunate pair with 23pts on the back nine were Gary and Sally Slaymaker (Halesworth) (dinner at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in London), while Tony and Jane Gurney Read (Royal Cromer) were fourth with 21 on the back nine. Their prize was dinner for two at Cafe Rouge.
Missing out on countback were Alan and Trish Davis, Bernard and Rosemary Le Bargy, Debra and George Darling, and Jane and Dave Millership.
l Jane Millership had a hole-in-one at the 1st during the Mixed Open, while Nick Stinson did the same thing during his Titleist Matchplay against Thetford’s Dave Hudson.
Stinson, of Brett Vale GC, used a six iron while Jane used a driver.