Chris Boughton's column: Tate goes further in front at The Suffolk
Chris Tate pulled further ahead and is now almost uncatchable in the Suffolk Golf Club’s Weekend Order of Merit table.
His third place in Saturday’s Colonial Trophy competition took his total to 57 points, a 22-point lead over Stephen Woods. Carl Pearson lies third with 31.
Bob Stevens carded the best score of the day, just beating Glen Barker and Tate on countback.
Graham Chapman scored 36 Stableford points to win the latest Midweek competition at The Suffolk GC.
Ivan Snelling was runner-up and acquired more valuable points in the Midweek Order of Merit table and now has 31 after five of the 13 rounds. Mark Rothon still leads the league with 39.
Joan Keil’s round of 37 points was the leading score in the Ladies’ midweek Stableford at the club last week
June Smart took second place with 35 and Angie Lewis was third.
Lewis and Karoline Chan are having a good run in the early, local, rounds of the Ladies’ Daily Mail Foursomes knockout competition.
In their latest match they beat strong opposition from Stoke-By-Nayland 2&1.
In the fourth round they have been drawn to play away at Thetford.
There are a few places left in The Suffolk Golf Club’s Charity Day on Friday, July 6.
Ladies’ captain Karen Absolon will be raising funds for the charity Music in our Bones and Men’s captain Alf Jackson is supporting the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).
The event includes a family barbecue and the closing date for entries is June 3.
The Suffolk’s captains are also hosting a new event on Sunday, July 8, from 3.30pm to 9.30pm to raise funds for their charities.
Fairway Fest will feature free outdoor music from local groups and choirs.
Absolon said: “Bring along a rug and picnic or purchase from our barbecue. There will also be golf games and a raffle.”
For more details contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01284 706777.
The Suffolk have just announced two new Open Adult/Junior Pairs competitions, to be held at the club on Sunday, July 22.
The Suffolk Shield will be an 18-hole better ball Stableford (official CONGU handicaps required) and the Suffolk Salver will be the same format but over 9 holes (without official handicaps).
This is another excellent example of local golf clubs developing and promoting junior golf and hopefully will be well supported.
South East of England Schools Championship
More than 60 of the best young golfers from seven counties will be hoping to become South East of England Schools champions in Bury St Edmunds today (Friday, June 1).
The youngsters will tackle the tricky parkland layout at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.
A total of 40 boys with handicaps ranging from +1 to 6 and 21 girls with handicaps from +3 to 16 will be competing over 36 holes at this event, which is organised by the English Schools Golf Association and sponsored by the NASUWT. Results will be included here next week.
Competition official Tim Beard said: “Nationally, hundreds of youngsters are following in the footsteps of top golf professionals like Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Holly Clyburn by playing in regional championships all over the country.”
All of them will be battling to claim a coveted place at the National Finals, which take place at The Shire London Golf Club on Monday, June 25.
Stowmarket beat The Suffolk in the first round of the Stenson Shield (scratch) last Saturday and will host Bury, in another local derby, in round two on Saturday, June 23.
On the same day, Flempton will engage Gorleston on their fine nine-hole course.
The Golf Foundation
The Golf Foundation’s Junior GolfSixes programme for 2018 starts at local clubs this week.
Eight golf clubs are involved in Suffolk this year, split into two leagues: West Suffolk League – Stonham Barns, Bury, Haverhill and The Suffolk, and the Ipswich League – Purdis Heath, Felixstowe, Ufford Park & Bramford.
Two matches will be held at each club with the winner of each league going forward to the final.
Last year, The Suffolk were the winners. The clubs work closely with local schools and parents to introduce juniors to golf through this shortened format of the game, in a low key but competitive way.
Bury-based company CNet Training co-sponsored the Inside-Networks charity day at Hanbury Manor Golf Club last week and helped raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The company entered three teams on the day with one of their teams finishing in second place, just one point behind winners Brother.
The team included PGA Professional Steve Hall, who is director of golf at the Suffolk GC and Dave Wilson, Andrew Stevens and Matt Hawkins.
Macmillan Fundraising Manager Georgia Clark said: “We are overwhelmed with the total amount raised at this year’s event, adding to the thousands that have already been donated and gratefully received over the years.”