Chris Boughton's Golf Column: Nearly £15k raised by Stowmarket
Stowmarket Golf Club Captains for 2018/19 presented a cheque for £14,828.31 to East Anglia Children’s Hospice at the club last week.
Outgoing captain Barry Knights said: “Ladies’ Captain Anne Fenning, Seniors’ Captain Michael Farrow and me would like to say thank you to all our fellow Stowmarket Golf Club members who have been so very generous supporting our charity this past year.”
Despite the members’ best efforts at friendly distraction, new Stowmarket Club Captain, Martin Anderson hit a brilliant drive 241 yards down the first fairway to get his year started in style.
All the new captains at Stow will this year be supporting the My Wish, Forget Me Not Dementia Charity campaign.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club
Twelve-year-old Charlie Goodridge won the club’s Junior section’s prestigious Calver Cup on Sunday with a superb round of 45 Stableford points, and his handicap is now down to 15.
Charlie was six shots better than Laura Eaden and Jack Rust, who were 2nd on 3rd respectively.
Thirty-one members took part in the Bury Club’s Men’s Midweek Medal last Wednesday, despite the unpleasant weather. Five-handicapper Cameron MacDonald made the best of the unfavourable conditions to record a nett 69 and first place in Division One.
The highlights of his round were birdies on the 5th, 7th and 8th holes and he navigated the first 9 holes in a very impressive one under gross.
Lee Reynolds continued his good run of form with first place in Division Two on Wednesday and first again in Division Three on Saturday. Glenn Knott had a dream start in Division One in Saturday’s Medal with birdies on the first three holes. He went on to win with net 67 and his handicap is now down to 5.
Mike Greener (75-5=70) took second spot on count-back from Roger Nicholson (74-4=70). Despite the weather, 55 members took part.
Thirty-three members competed in the Club’s Ladies’ Midweek Medal on Thursday where Clare Sykes was the star performer returning a net score of 71, five shots better than runner-up Sue Russell. Mariette Robbertse came third.
Clare will play off a handicap of 19 next time out.
Bev Allen returned a nett score of 71 from her 8-handicap to win the Ladies’ weekend Medal on Saturday. Joan Garrett came second just shading Teresa Lankester on count-back. Both scored nett 74.
Thetford Golf Club
Pro shop assistant Owen Mills was pipped for the top prize when Thetford hosted the opening round of the Norfolk County Golf Union Order of Merit on Sunday, March 31.
Owen went around the course in 73 for a nett 71, but Mason Bernstein of Swaffham was one stroke better with a 72 nett 68.
Mason carried off both the Scratch and Handicap prizes as well as 100pts in the Order of Merit.
Owen’s second place gave him 85pts in the Scratch competition as well as 70pts for third place in the Handicap event.
Joe Robinson and Scott Wright both had 74s while Kane Hindle had a 75.
The Thetford leg is always a popular one on the Order of Merit and a full field of 50 of the best amateur golfers in Norfolk took part.
The Texas Scramble held at Thetford on Saturday, March 30 attracted an excellent field of 96 players with the standard high and the winning team carding a remarkable 60 strokes (12 under par).
Former Club Champion Ross Sanford was joined by Rob Taylor, Gareth Thomas and Brian Youngs with eagles at the 13th and 17th in their score of 60-2.4=57.6.
Ian Ramsay, James Killa, Glenn Beardsall and Paul Waters were not far behind with 62-4.2=57.8 and third place went to Colin Lewis, Paul Draycott, Rob Herkes and Shaun Burton with 66-6.6=59.4.
Dean Scott, Gary Scott, Ian Farnham and Robbie O’Brien came 4th with 62-2.5=59.5.
The nearest-the-pin prizes went to Ollie Snushall at the 1st, Terry Young at the 3rd, Rob Taylor at the 11th and David Sutton at the 16th.
The Suffolk Golf Club
It was windy and bitterly cold for the latest Midweek qualifier at the Suffolk and golfing conditions were very difficult.
Martin Levens needed just 37 Stableford points to finish in first place just edging Jim Chapman on count-back.
Brian Wiltorn kept up his recent run of form with 35pts and third place.
None of the leaders in the Order of Merit featured this week but nevertheless there was very little change in the top positions in the league. After 10 rounds John Dale and Dave King are joint leaders with 47 points each with James Edgar one point further back in 3rd spot. Ivan Snelling lies 4th on 44. There are just three rounds remaining.
Dale had a good weekend, winning the Men’s Medal at the Suffolk on Saturday. Richard Clegg was runner-up.
Ladies’ Captain, June Smart, continued her fine run of results this year with another first place in the Ladies’ Medal, also on Saturday.
Ron Hazell scored net 68 to win the club’s Sunday Medal, one stroke better that Chris Tate in second place.