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Stow’s Darling clinches Stroke Play Cup

By Sport Bury

At the Suffolk County Ladies' Championships held at Woodbridge Golf Club, Stowmarket golfer Jane Darling won the Seniors' Stroke Play Cup.

Despite having to deal with high winds and brutal rough, Jane came in with a respectable 82 which was four shots clear of the field. She qualified with the three other top placed players for the Matchplay but lost 5&4 to Lotti Edmunds from Aldeburgh.

The overall Senior' Champion was Vicki Hunt from Ipswich GC.

Jane was also Stow's England Gold Medal winner in 2017 which gave her entry to this year's regional final of the Bridgestone Chase your Dreams Trophy at Bedford GC.

She qualified in 10th place for the national grand final on Thursday, August 16, during England Golf Week, at Frilford Heath Golf Club.

The Suffolk Golf Club

Tony Hurst moved up to joint 2nd place in the club's midweek order of merit table following his win in the latest Stableford competition with 36 points.

Jim Chapman was 2nd on countback with Brian Wiltorn in third place.

After four rounds Mark Rothon leads the table with 33pts, 10 ahead of Hurst and Ivan Snelling. Carl Pearson moved up to 3rd place in the weekend table following his win in last Saturday's Stableford competition.

His 83-13=70 return was one shot better than Jim Chapman (12hcp).

James Laflin came third with 83-11=72. Chris Tate still leads the table with 50pts. Stephen Woods is 2nd on 35.

Flempton Golf Club

The annual Gentlemen's Invitation Day was held on Saturday in good weather on a course in superb condition.

A total of 48 golfers took part in the morning round, 9 holes Greensomes, was won by Lee Marshall & John Drabble with 22 points on countback from Andrew Long & Chris Porter and Bob Beckett & Clive Wilson.

Buoyed by a splendid lunch, the field embarked on a 4BBB competition in the afternoon which produced some excellent scores, with three pairs finishing on 44 points, three on 43 points and four on 42 points.

The winners were Ralph Evans & Graham Nunn on count back from David Ellis & Bruce Cope, followed by Chris Ringrose & David Slater. The long-driving competition was won by Andy Cotton and the nearest the pin by Charles Simpson.

The course was still in excellent condition on Sunday for the club's May Stableford.

Jeremy Nunn, playing off a 7 handicap, enjoyed the conditions with an impressive 43 points, five shots better than 2nd placed Ralph Evans who carded 38pts. Jon Herd came third with 37.

Nunn said: "It was one of those days. They don't happen very often, not with me anyway. Could have been 2 under par but missed three 4-6ft birdie putts."

Suffolk County Ladies GA

In their second match of this year's Suffolk County Weston Division 2, Bury played away at Flempton.

In the first game Bev Allen (Bury) was nearly out of bounds on the long par 3 ninth hole but played a miraculous chip over trees onto the green and went on to win the hole, and won the match on the 16th.

The next three games played by Mariette Robbertse, Georgia Parker, and Debbie Anthistle were won convincingly.

In the final game Barbara Cole (Bury) was playing against Fern McCarthy, and it was only on the 17th hole that Barbara closed out the game.

Flempton were unable to field several of their top players and Bury won 5-0.

Bury team captain Joan Garrett thanked the host club for their hospitality adding: "We enjoyed playing this beautiful 9-hole course which was in excellent condition."

Thetford Golf Club

Matt West followed an excellent round of 73 on Saturday with a 79 the next day to win the Steve Juster Cup.

The top 30 players go on to the concluding round on Sunday.

West birdied the third and the 17th as he completed the back nine in one-under-par 36 for his first-round 73.

Gareth Mills matched West's 73 with John Stapleton one behind on 74 and Matt Wabe in touch with 75.

West dropped shots at the first two holes as he played the front nine in 40 on Sunday but gained ground on Mills who had taken 42.

But, while West continued steadily, dropping just two more strokes for a second round of 79, Mills fell out of the competition when he picked up at the 17th for a No Return.

Stapleton was another No Return and Wabe added an 80 for joint second place with Huggins (78) on 155. Traher also had 80 for 156 and Harben had a second 79 for 158.

The nett competition was won by 13-handicap Stephen Duncan with 68-73-141, two better than Paul Garnham (74-69) and Wabe (69-74). Peter Stelling (15hcp) and West ended with level par returns of 144.

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