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McKeown wins Bury captain’s event

By Sport Bury

Ray Coleman and Hannah Clark hosted the annual Captains’ event at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club last weekend. The weather forecast leading up to the weekend was not promising with thunder and lightning for the Saturday and grey skies for Sunday.

As it turned out, the forecasters were wrong, and the golfing weather gods were kind to the captains and it was mostly light winds and sunshine for the two days, although it was quite uncomfortably humid.

The main event for Saturday was the men’s medal which was won by John McKeown with an impressive score of 72-6=66.

Two other golfers returned sub-70 cards – Graham Staff with 81-13=68 and in third place Philip Castle 80-11=69.

Michael Busson carded the leading score in Division Two with a nett 2 under par 70 off his 20-handicap followed by Craig Young 94-23=71.

Sue Russell took top spot in the ladies’ Stableford on Saturday with 40 points followed by Jo Beresford and Joan Hogarth who both scored 38.

Eight handicapper Georgia Parker’s 34 points was enough to win the junior Stableford and Michael Gee (6hcp) was runner-up with 33.

There was a very close finish in Sunday’s men’s competition, a fourball betterball, with two pairs scoring 45 points.

Graham Self & Graham Smith won the day on countback from the captain’s son Ben Coleman and Trevor Titcombe. A total of 122 golfers took part while 48 ladies contested a fourball betterball competition on Sunday, and Pam Madams and Susanne Brinkley led the way with 43 points followed closely by Linda Smailes and Elaine Bonney on 42.

Clare Sykes & Sylvia Jarvis came third on countback.

A total of £1,500 was raised for the Rainbow Charity Every Heart Matters and towards installing a defibrillator on the golf course.

South East England

Schools Golf Champs

Bury GC hosted the NASUWT sponsored South East England Schools Golf Championship last week with entries of more than 60 young golfers.

A 5-under-par total over two rounds ensured Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson will be heading for London in a bid to win her fourth national schools’ golf title in a row. Amelia, 17, who plays at Royal Cromer Golf Club, produced a terrific 4-under-par second round in humid conditions to finish four shots ahead of the field in this regional round of the girls’ section of the Schools’ Championships.

Meanwhile, in the boys’ event, fellow 17-year-old Greg Hurley from the Hertfordshire Golf Club had two solid rounds of 1 under and 2 under par to finish in top spot.

Locally, Bury golfers Max Weaver and Max Adams just missed out on qualification for the England finals finishing in 11th and 12th places.

Thetford Golf Club

Jess Dixon was a worthy winner of the 36-hole Strokeplay competition for Thetford Golf Club’s Ladies’ Championship with rounds of 79 and 78.

Jess, who plays off two, leads the qualifiers for the knock-out stage of the competition as she bids to win the championship for the fourth time.

Title-holder Kath Malvern (6hcp) was runner-up with 82-88-170, two ahead of 10-handicap Sue Pitcher who returned 84-88-172.

Jan Bone was fourth with 89-85-174 and off her handicap of 12 she had the best nett score of 150.

Thetford ladies second team suffered their first home defeat in Division Six of the NLCGA Inter-Club League when they lost 4-3 to Richmond Park. In a closely-fought match Alison Jone and Ann Engwell won two of the top three matches and Sheena Setchell halved the other. Three defeats were followed by Vera Squirrell halving the final match.

Thetford’s men were 3-1 winners at home to Costessey in the NCGU Handicap League. Derek Sullivan and James Killa, Neil Elers and Andrew Bremner, and Robbie O’Brien and Ian Ramsay were the winners for Thetford.

The Greene King ProAm at Thetford on June 21 has been cancelled. Due to a clash with other events there were not enough entries by the professionals. Instead the club are hoping to add a betterball pairs Stableford for the Thursday of the club’s Festival of Golf. If you are interested in taking part call manager Malcolm Grubb on 01842 752169.

The Suffolk Golf Club

John Dale continued his recent good form with a nett 69 in the latest midweek medal. The highlight of Dale’s round was a birdie on the 5th hole.

Big hitter Mark Rothon took the runners-up slot on countback to enhance his lead at the top of the midweek order of merit table. After 6 of the 13 rounds Rothon has 44 points followed by Ivan Snelling on 36 with Dale in third place on 29.

Club president Peter Plumb was third in the medal with 91-19=72.

The Suffolk have added another competition to their 2018 calendar. The mixed open tournament will be held on Sunday, September 2, and will be a fourball betterball format. Closing date for entries is August 11.

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