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Double for Gee in Bury championship

Bury St Edmunds Golf Club members played for their Championship Cup (lowest gross score) and the Bobby Jones Handicap Trophy recently over two days.

Bury has a rich vein of low handicap, rising young stars at present and they dominated the leading positions.

Nearly 100 members took part, with 17-year-old Michael Gee coming out on top, to win both the Cup and the Trophy, with combined scores of 147 gross and 137 nett.

Dan Smailes, who was on top form for the Hambro team recently, was runner-up in the gross and third in the nett competition.

Very well played to Michael and Dan, and for the results see results & fixtures.

n Bury held their annual Captains’ Charity Day last Friday on a breezy, but thankfully, dry day.

A shotgun start to the four ball best three scores competition enabled all those taking part to finish together and enjoy the presentation, auction and carvery meal that followed.

The winning team were Eco Cooling with 119 points on a count-back, with Vice Boys coming in second place.

Lady Drivers were third with 116 points on a count-back ahead of Lady Birdies in fourth.

The club’s men’s captain, Steve Finch, is raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

While ladies’ captain Joan Garrett’s charity is St Nicholas Hospice.

More than £6,5000 was raised on the day for the charities.

n Bury’s Beaumount team, captained by John Mecham, recently travelled to Thorpness GC, only to encounter one of the very heavy storms that we have been experiencing recently.

The course was unplayable and sensibly both teams agreed to reschedule for two days later. On their return Bury won by three holes.

The defending champions from last year are now through to the quarter-finals, at Newton Green, which takes place on Monday.

Tee-off time is 10.30am and support is very welcome.

Thetford Golf Club

Alan Brown’s Captain’s Charity Day was held at the club last weekend, with a bumper field of 196 members and guests using tee times from 7am right through to 3pm.

The course was in terrific condition and the weather was not bad, with just a couple of brief showers in the afternoon to cool things down a little.

There were various prizes on every hole, plus a raffle, auction and ball sweep, all of which were very well supported by members and guests alike.

It was all in aid of EACH, the East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

The final tally has not been confirmed but is likely to be several thousand pounds.

The overall winners were the very first starters, a team from the host club with the appropriate name of Morning Glory.

Abigail O’Riordan, a day before her 16th birthday, played her full part alongside Andy Beard, Glenn Beardsall and Phillip Shenton.

They returned to the clubhouse in mid-morning with 88 points in the best two from four format and then waited to see if any other team could beat their score.

They were soon challenged by Four Young Guns, which comprised Will Cross of Dereham along with Matt Girkin, Dean Scott and Dave Bennett of Thetford, but they ended up one point short on 87.

Stowmarket Golf Club

The Ladies’ Club Championship was a difficult day for all who took part.

After the recent heavy showers there was very little run, the rough was punishing, and if that wasn’t enough the pin positions were very tricky too.

Add wind and rain into the mix and you have golf at its most challenging!

Despite that, Lily Kent, a two handicapper, won the 36-hole event for the second time, and vice-captain Clare Peck won the nett prize.

n In the 18-hole Senior Club Championship, Jane Bell was the gross winner with 94.

A new trophy for this championship was donated by ladies’ captain Sue Knights.

Knights won the nett prize with 74 and was also finished up as the runner-up for her own trophy. Results on results & fixtures.

The Suffolk Golf Club

The ladies, captained by Barbara Wells, had a fine home win over Halesworth Golf Club in the first round of The Sterne Cup.

Tisha Mortlock and Joan Plumb won 7&5 and Angie Lewis and Karoline Chan won 4&3.

Victoria Clark and Karen Absolon were the only losing Suffolk pairing.

In the quarter-finals, The Suffolk ladies will play last year’s cup winners Woodbridge at home.

n The three leading golfers at the top of The Suffolk’s mid-week Order of Merit table were also the three top points scorers in last week’s Stableford competition.

Brian Wiltorn increased his lead with 40 points and first place, closely followed by Ivan Snelling with 39 and Jim Chapman with 38.

Wiltorn leads the Order of Merit table with 69 points, followed by Snelling with 59 and Chapman with 53.


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