by Bryan Potter
THE Thetford club’s lovely avenues of trees were alive with birdies when 116 players, including 25 professionals, contested the November Pro Am there last week.
Four of them were bagged by Andy Lavers from Burghley Park, winner of the professional medal, with a four under par 68.
Another five were on the card of runner-up Jason Levermore from Clacton, but he stumbled with a couple of bogeys to finish on 69.
Four other professionals were under par on 71s.
An competitive Pro-am event wound up with three pairs returning seven under par scores. A countback decided Stoke-by-Nayland pair Miles Collins and 10-handciapper Steve Murphy were the winners.
Exceptional scoring in the Am-am saw Saffron Walden’s Steve Plumb and Tim Smith post a winning eight under par 64, four handicap man Plumb finding five gross birdies of his own.
The next event takes place on December 15.
The Turner family featured strongly in the proceedings when the Bury St Edmunds club staged its ceremonial captains’ drive-in on Sunday.
After Anne Turner had struck her drive as the new ladies’ captain sons Stuart and David along with grandson Jack were in the team of five who won the following Texas Scramble with a score of 56.9. They were supported by Ian Coulling and Shaun Phillips.
Steve Beahan hit an impressive drive to succeed Peter Mallinson as men’s captain while
Oliver Smith will head up the juniors.
Jim Cole is installed as president and former captain Gareth Davies becomes chairman.
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Tom Collett started his November Stableford round at Stowmarket with a bogey six before rattling off eight straight pars to the turn to be only one over regulation.
A bogey five at the 10th was followed by another straight run of eight pars to give him a superb two over par score and 40 points. His effort moved him into the coveted category one status off five handicap.
He only just edged the prize from Jeremy Ormes, who also scored 40 off 13 only to do himself no favours by failing to score on the final hole, so losing the countback.
Something useful may have rubbed off on 16-year-old Aran O’Doherty while helping out in the professional shop at Stowmarket. He certainly knew what he was doing in the Sunday session of the Stableford, shooting a 43 points to win Division One with seven shot to spare. And he is now off 11.
The Suffolk Alliance meeting scheduled for Sunday was cancelled due to fog.
Leading classified scores
BURY ST EDMUNDS
Captains Drive-in Texas Scramble: S, D and J Turner, I Coulling & S Phillips 56.9; B&I Shand, C&H Dandy & B Coleman 58; J Nicholson, P Brinkley, S Nicholson, S Frost-Palmer & A Firth 58.3.
Men’s Midweek November Stableford Division One: A Ball (6)37, P Markey (12)36, P Glasswell (12)34, K Froud (15)33. Division Two: S McClellan (17)39, S Frost-Palmer (18)36, K Harris (24)37, S Loughe (21)36.
Men’s November Stableford Saturday Division One: T Collett (6)40pts ocb from J Ormes (13)40, J Clark (10)39, M Tibbenham (11)39. Division Two: R Peck (16)38, A MacLean (20)37, M Blenkinsop (21)35, J Hurren (21)35.
Sunday Division One: A O’Doherty (13)43, B Smith (13)36, C Ridley (13)36, K Button (12)35. Division Two: R Haugh (20)39, J Hurren (21)37, M Anderson (22)37, M Smyth (22)36, N Stiff (18)36.
THETFORD PRO AM
November meeting Professionals: A Lavers (Burghley Park) 68, J Levermore (Clacton) 69, A George (Ely City) 71, P Maddy (Gog Magog) 71, M Collins (Stoke-by-Nayland) 71, A Chamberlain (Peterborough) 71. Pro-am: M Collins & S Murphy (Stoke-by-Nayland) net 65 ocb from A Lavers & J Argent (Burghley Park) 65 ocb from A Chamberlain & R Cole (Peterborough) 65. Am-am: S Plumb & T Smith (Saffron Walden) net 64, G Boswell (Gog Magog) & P Izzard (Newmarket) 66, J Rix & R Finney (Eaton) 66.