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1989 - 2014 Fynn Valley are celebrating 25 years of the opening of their Golf Range

Originally just a few bays and a portacabin, how things have changed over the last quarter of a century!

The club has expanded since then and now comprises a 22 bay covered floodlit golf range, 9 hole par three course, 18 hole par 70 course, extensive practice facilities, bar, function and conference rooms, three luxury holiday lodges and Ipswich Croquet Club all on site. Still in the original family ownership, Fynn Valley continues with the same ethos since its inception - affordable golf for all, regardless of age, gender, race or ability!

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Suffolk Golf Launch New Junior Golf Initiative

Suffolk Golf have identified that the numbers of juniors playing golf in Suffolk have declined over recent years and in response have therefore launched a new campaign, the “SJG Free Junior Golf Sessions” initiative to encourage more juniors into the game.

To achieve this, Suffolk golf has funded some free golf sessions at Stonham Barns Golf Centre for boys & girls, aged from 6-14 years old. The first of these sessions will be held on Saturday 26th April in three one hour time slots starting at 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

These sessions are FREE and open to all boys and girls in Suffolk. The FREE Golf Sessions will aim to be fun, help the juniors learn more about golf and encourage them to continue playing and enjoy this great game.

Parents Free Drink Voucher + 30 Shops

PGA Coaches Tony Dobson, Joe Cardy and Sarah Howe will take the sessions. There will be volunteers supplied by the Suffolk Golf Union and Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association with support from the Suffolk Golf Youth Panel. (CRB/DBS Checked)

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Early Season news from SLCGA by Julie Latimer-Jones

So far since the beginning of the year the County First team ‘probables’ have played two Practice Matches against the men of Aldeburgh and Woodbridge. These matches are designed to help the ladies sort out their foursomes pairings for the upcoming season. Facing strong opposition, they gave a good account of themselves though they lost narrowly on each occasion, two matches to one with one halved against Aldeburgh and by five holes down against Woodbridge where Hambro scoring was applied. The match against Aldeburgh was played level while, at Woodbridge, the ladies received just three courtesy shots to compensate for three par five holes on the back nine on the ladies’ card.

County Match Week will be held this year at Gog Magog Golf Club, 16th – 20th June. Laura Lowe, Suffolk’s Captain, knows that she will be without well-established players, Amanda Norman and Liz Laflin. Amanda has decided that she should concentrate on the sporting activities of her two young children. Liz, who holds down a busy job, is Ladies Captain at Stowmarket and feels her spare time should be devoted to that happy task. Sarah Saggers (County Vice-Captain), Sharon

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Luckman, Vanessa Bell, Vicki Inglis and Lils James are all available and it is hoped that Lily Kent might be home from her American University where she's having a busy and successful golfing adventure and able to play a part. Also in the frame is Lottie Whyman, recently promoted out of the junior ranks.

It seems that the three juniors selected to play in the practice matches will have a good chance of bagging a First Team slot. Eloise Aldous enjoyed a very successful debut appearance in 2013 at the Bedfordshire Golf Club and Alice Barlow, too, might have played had not school work intervened. This year, it is hoped that her exam schedule will allow her to take an active role. These two could well be joined by Abbie Symonds, now enjoying a two-year course at the Lee Westwood golf school where she has gained experience and confidence and reduced her handicap from eight to six in the process.

As part of the Junior County programme these three will be joining in plenty of activity alongside all the other emerging golfers. They can look forward to four matches against players in their own age bracket, as well as against Club Weston teams and the County Senior Ladies. Two coursemanagement sessions have also been arranged at Bury St Edmunds where Junior County Match Week will be held (18th – 20th August). They will also be encouraged to enter the Abraham Trophy which runs for twelve months from March 1st and is open to girls entitled to play in the English Girls, U15 and U13 Championships. More information on how to enter is available from the County Junior Organiser, Sarah Howe. (See County Officials list). All the juniors from the little ones to the young ladies will be involved in coaching sessions designed to make the most of their diverse capabilities and it is hoped that the success of those further on in the learning process will inspire those coming along behind.

Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association Current Officers:

President: Ms Ann Graves Tel: 01394 411020; Captain: Mrs Laura Lowe: Tel 01206 263298 Hon Secretary: Mrs Jeanette Longman: Tel 01394 450939; Hon Treasurer: Miss Hermione Scrope Tel 01359 232618; England Golf Representative: Mrs Anne Archer: Tel 01728 685315; Handicap Adviser: Ms Ann Graves Tel 01394 411020; Junior Organiser: Miss Sarah Howe Tel: 07990 110976 ; Seniors Organiser: Mrs Jo Moore Tel: 01502 711155 Scratch Score Assessor: Mrs Sue Cook Tel 01728 688406. All other personnel may be found on the County website at


Congratulations to Fynn Valley member Richard Davies. He said: "I would like to report my hole in one on the 6th, on 15th March, during a Saturday medal playing with Nigel Roberts and Gordon Jacobs. (The rest of my round was an absolute nightmare!!!)


This is my 3rd hole in one - all on the 6th hole at Fynn Valley. Strange, but the first time was also on Saturday 15th March (2008) - Even bad golfers can have a good shot every 6 years!" An amazing coincidence we thought worth noting!



News from St Audrys

Although the course is on the wetter soil type, St Audrys have lost surprisingly few days to the bad weather. The intensive work and treatment of the greens through the summer has paid dividends and they are in great condition, with no puddles even after heavy rain. One of the beneficiaries of their greenkeeper’s hard work is John Chapman (above) who achieved a Hole in One on the 18th hole (par Three 125 yds). This may be a short hole, but it is difficult to get close to, with bunkers left and centre and a steep slope to the green. John is one of the many Left handers (LHBs) for whom the course seems easier! The last Hole in one was the Treasurer, Richard Hudson (on the 5th,175 yds par three) he is also a LHB. (LHB stands for Left handed bloke what else!!) The picture above also shows their refurbished sign, the first part of a ‘spring cleaning’ of the Clubhouse and surrounds.

Like many housekeeping tasks at St Audrys this was done by a volunteer member, in this case Roy Ince. Grateful thanks went to Roy and the many other helpers.

Ladies Captain’s Drive

Seen below, decorated with balloons and covered liberally in Chutney, is Ruth Goodship, who managed, without letting the usual noisy background distract her, a creditable drive down the first hole, at St Audrys as she started her year as Ladies Captain. She passed under an archway of wooden spoons on her way to the tee, to reflect her considerable productivity in chutney and Jam making. The Charity Ruth and her ladies will be supporting this year is the “Woolverstone Wish”.

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Double First for Rushmere

Melissa Schroeder (left), the New Suffolk Junior Girl's 1st Team Captain, has been a member of the Junior section since she was 9 and now plays off a handicap of 6 Chloe Bennett (right), the New Suffolk Junior Girl's 2nd Team Captain, who also won the Trophy for the greatest reduction of handicap, now plays off 21

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WELCOME FROM Ron Kent, President of the Suffolk Golf Union

March 17th and for the first time that I can recall, in a desperate bid to be on time, even ahead of the deadline, I am about to finish the copy for this issue four days ahead of schedule.

Of course, any comment about the weather today is fraught with danger, our fickle and variable climate can change so quickly. However, after weeks of incessant rain, we are now in the middle of the month and according to all expert reports, we are on course for one of the driest of Marches for many a year. There is no doubt that, right now, Spring is definitely here and everyone is looking and feeling a lot more cheerful than those dreary days past. I suppose that if the weather stays as dry as is currently the case, we shall find a few bumpy greens to complain about but I am sure our green-keepers will be doing their best in these times of financial restraint.

The County Union’s Annual General Meeting at Felixstowe Ferry is just eleven days away and, if we are lucky, we can look forward to a rather warmer day than we had last year at Waldringfield when it was excruciatingly cold. As always, we live in hope. For the moment, however, there is absolutely no excuse for delay.

So dust those clubs down, get along to the club and . . .


Spring has sprung!!

Anyone wishing to submit articles or comment about golf matters generally should write to Ron Kent, 77 Bennett Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3JJ. e-mail:

Suffolk Golf Union Current Officers and Members of the Executive Committee

President: Ron Kent (Hintlesham) Tel: 01284 705765; Vice President: Phil Platten (Woodbridge) Tel: 01394 461246; Honorary Secretary: Charlie Wilderspin (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 588028 Treasurer: Geoff Henney (Aldeburgh) Tel: 01728 685525

Executive Committee: Ray Baines (Felixstowe Ferry) Tel: 01394 276076: Bill Darling (Stowmarket) Tel: 01449 615854: Colin Firmin (Ipswich) Tele: 01206 298742: Mike Rees (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 568941: Tony Tyrrell (Fynn Valley) Tel: 01473 785463

Other positions: Chairman Suffolk Junior Golf: Mike Stevenson (Thorpeness) Tel: 01728 603521; 1st Team Captain: Nathan Overton (Woodbridge) Tel: 07979 366874; 2nd Team Captain: Neil Meadows (Felixstowe Ferry) Tel: 01394 766104; Seniors Captain: John Cullum (Bury St Edmunds) Tel: 01284 735614; County Referee: Mike Rees (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 568941 EGU Delegate: Charlie Wilderspin (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 588028; SE Group Delegate: Mike Rees (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 568941; Ecology Officer: Michael Thomas (Ipswich) Tel: 01394 283973. Chairman Suffolk County Golf Partnership: Crawford Gillan (Ipswich) Tel: 01473 254753; Suffolk Junior Golf Committee: Chairman: Mike Stevenson (Thorpeness) Tel: 01728 603521: Secretary: Charlie Wilderspin (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 588028: Managers: Under 18s: Trevor Mason (Felixstowe Ferry) Tel: 01394 274331: Under 16s: Tony Watkins (Ipswich) Tel: 01473 713748: Under 14s: Ian Woodhead (Newton Green) Tel: 01787 378733: Head Coach: Keith Preston (Aldeburgh) Tel: 01728453309: County Child Protection Officer: Stuart McCallum (Ipswich) Tel: 01473 782780.

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Did the ball move? – and what if it did?

By Michael Thomas

There was much discussion and reference to the Decisions Book following a round the other day. It was all about a player causing a ball to move and what were the various penalties and requirements in different circumstances. A player addressed a ball in light rough (see photo) and it moved a few centimetres. (Have a look at Definitions in your Rules of Golf booklet for exactly what is meant by “Addressing the Ball” – P22 and “Moved” – P29)

There is a one stroke penalty for causing the ball to move and it must be replaced. If this is not done, it will be played from the Wrong Place and an overall penalty of two strokes will result, or loss of hole if it is in match play. But what if the ball did not move until the player started the takeaway or back swing and then completed the stroke?

Well, in these circumstances, the player would not be required to replace the ball, but as it had been addressed it would be deemed that the player had caused the movement of the ball and a one stroke penalty would result. However, if the ball had not been addressed, it is possible that the movement of the ball could not have been in any way attributable to the player’s actions. In this situation there would be no penalty, even if the ball was still moving when struck! 10

Rule 18-2 is useful further reading.


So OECD. The OED defines it as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation It seems we cannot exist these days without a and welter of abbreviations pervading our lives and it is Development. often impossible to guess just what the initials Like most stand for, even harder, once their meaning has quangos, the been discovered, to know what some of these OECD bodies actually do. produces regular Many of them can be classified as a quango reports on its which, for the uninitiated who are desperate to work although know, stands for quasi-autonomous nonI cannot governmental organisation! I only know that because I happened to come across it in the OED remember the contents of a (Oxford English Dictionary!). To add to that single one, An incognito leisure queen! essential piece of information, somewhat except its confusingly these “non-governmental latest startling revelation, indelibly etched in my organisations” receive public finance to support brain, that our delightful ladyfolk, somewhat whatever they do and just who appoints their senior officers? You’ve guessed it, the government! disparagingly described by OECD as “British women”, are now officially the “queens of leisure” Other abbreviations abound,even in our particular in its latest international study. leisure activity, golf having given the light of day to In other words, the “international study” claims that such as EGU (now EG) and LGU, our governing they have more leisure time than any other EU bodies, and here in Suffolk those two exemplary organisations SCGLA (or is it SCLGA, I can never (European Union) country and are second only to remember without looking it up?) and SGU, closely Norway among the world’s leading economies (now you can see where the Economic bit in coupled as they are with the SCGP. OECD comes in). Apparently, British women Remembering what all these abbreviations stand enjoy 339 minutes (not 340 minutes you will for imposes an intolerable burden on those who observe) each day relaxing, 61% (not 60% or find their memories are, perhaps, not quite what 62%) more leisure time than Chinese women. they used to be.

By Ron Kent

By now you may be wondering where all this preamble is leading us. To be honest the short answer is absolutely nowhere but with copy short at this time of the year, it is comforting for yours truly to know that just over two thirds of the words required to complete this particular page have now been used!

So there we are, QED (Latin again – quod erat demonstrandum, “which was required to be proved”), an abbreviation often used after one has been fortunate enough to solve a fiendishly difficult geometry problem. Strange how I can still recall some useless piece of Latin from some 50 years ago when I cannot for the life of me remember where I was last Saturday! I will end there as it seems to be getting worse, except to mention just one more abbreviation, OECD, the reason for doing so will assuredly become clearer (and downright controversial) if you can be bothered to read on.

The findings were greeted with disbelief in some places so you start to wonder where the Cooperation bit comes in.

But delightful ladies, take heart. Despite your spending126 minutes every day watching television (oh those soaps) and 87 minutes seeing friends, British men cannot scoff. The report says we males still have 43 minutes more free time than you do. Worse still, French males now do more around the house than we do here. Mon Dieu!

Before fighting breaks out, I hasten to say that I have serious doubts about some of these findings and do not, for one moment, endorse them, which, hopefully, will save me from extreme retribution from both parties. When I wasted all that leisure time reading the findings, I was left wondering how much all that highly accurate research cost and did we really need to know? I still am.


Around The County By Ron Kent

I am indebted to Tony Garnett, East Anglian Daily Times, for permission to reproduce in this issue the obituary notice he wrote for John Cook who died recently.

John was a familiar figure for many years at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club and in the County and it Above pic shows a cheque for £2,311, raised at various events during Alan Middle’s year in office, was rare to visit the club without seeing John, being presented to the Suffolk Dyslexia Association usually on the putting green, until very late in his (left to right) Daphne Ford (Adult Teacher), Alan life. I also recall he was the County’s 2nd team Middle (Club Captain), Jane Leeburn (Chairman of manager when my son Paul made his County the Association), Iris Steward (fundraiser) and debut, at the age of 16, in that team. Debbie Duff (Golf Club Treasurer). John was, for a brief period of time, Suffolk Golf Pictured right is Ladies 2013 captain Joan Parish Union County Secretary but it soon became (right) presenting a cheque for £700 to Kathy Frost apparent that after a distinguished career in the of Breakthrough RAF, “flying a desk” held little appeal for John. Breast Cancer after the ladies During my own years as County Secretary, John and senior men was always on hand to start competitors off of the club held whenever a County Championship was held at his a charity day club. Somehow, it won’t be quite the same at recently at the FFGC without John around. We shall all miss him. club. * * * Golf Societies are not as numerous as they once were, due to many businesses running down such activities in these harsh economic times. However, news reached me recently from Brian Puplett, a member at Royal Norwich, of one which is due to celebrate its centenary at Thorpeness Golf Club this coming August. That remarkable achievement belongs to Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) Golf Society.

Members are all members of clubs in Suffolk and Norfolk and Brian is expecting some 30 or more to attend the two day event. Bryan tells me the Society have some wonderful trophies, one intriguingly being in memory of a Captain who was a member until killed in the battle of the Somme in WW1.


It will be interesting to receive some details and perhaps a picture or two of the August event later this year. * * * Golf clubs throughout the land have a fine record for raising money for many charities, usually as a result of the initiatives of the club captains, both men and ladies. News and photos of such a joint effort by the captains at Seckford was recently submitted by the club’s intrepid photographer, Graham Cook.

* * * Many clubs are aware of the need to attract more ladies into golf club membership and Bury St Edmunds Golf Club has a good record in this endeavour, thanks to some energetic efforts by recent Ladies Captains and their committee. The current incumbent, Lynne Wright, works hard to create interest among the present membership and attract more members into their ranks.

Lynne reports that, in spite of the monsoon type weather in January, the ladies held a three-club competition, although the wet conditions saw the competition being played over the club’s 9-hole course instead of on the 18-hole A strong entry of 44 ladies took part, returning some good scores despite the weather. Jenny Seison won with 20 points, the runner-up being Sadie Tricker with 19. Chris Tilbrook and Joan Hogarth just missed out on countback.

Team winners with 50 points were Chris Tilbrook, Katrina Morris and Jean Morrisey, beating by one point the team of Bev Allen, Gill Harris and Joan Hogarth.

Lynne (centre, back row) poses with the happy prize-winners.

Out of interest, Lynne has corrected my statement in the last issue that John Anthistle was connected with the baking industry, an understandable assumption on my part with John having posed with a tasty looking loaf in a basket at his drive-in. Apparently, making bread is a hobby, John being a chief pharmacist by profession.

Hole in one at Rushmere

John Peddelty, Garry Channing, Gary Simpson, Len Goddard.

Garry Channing achieved the first hole in one at Rushmere Golf Club for 2014. His ace was at the par 3 8th hole 145 yards using an 8 iron, his playing partners were John Peddelty, Gary Simpson and Len Goddard.


President’s Report 2014 Annual General Meeting The Suffolk Golf Union


The year ended on a note of sadness for me when I learned of the death of an old friend Peter Clarke, who did so much for golf in Norfolk. I was fortunate enough to spend much time in Peter’s company, talking over many things to do with golf and Norfolk, as well as myself, will miss his commitment and his stimulating and always challenging views.


Once again, I have been fortunate in having the unwavering support of the Executive and Junior Committees and their selfless contributions have been a major factor in another enjoyable year for me. It would be wrong to single out individuals in what has again been a robust team effort. Generally, our Officers and Committee members have remained relatively unchanged this year although two vacancies on our Executive Committee will arise in 2014. I continue to hope that some younger golfers will come forward to serve on Committee and enhance our thinking.

Tony Tyrrell has decided not to stand for a further term and I must take the opportunity to thank him here for his commitment to the County, always ready to put his course at our disposal whenever approached to do so.


Geoff Henney continues to keep an expert eye on our finances. Geoff’s figures are very clear and I will confine myself to a few salient points.

Club memberships, on which we rely for the major part of our income, continued a downward trend and are showing signs of catching up with the national trend. Falling memberships, with the resulting effect on revenues, represents a strong challenge for the future.


The strategic plan, presented by the new Chief Executive of England Golf, was presented to clubs and Counties during the year. Clubs will no doubt know best what they should be doing to attract new membership and it is worth reminding them that the County Golf Partnership continues to offer opportunities for help in this respect.

The dramatic and relentless decline in County Card income in recent years led to a decision by the Executive Committee to follow the example of Norfolk by raising its Affiliation fee by £1.50 this year and making a free County Card available to all male golfers. Overall, the Union’s finances remained satisfactory, restored to the level prior to 2012 when our Men’s team so pleasingly reached the National County Finals for the first time in its 90-year history.


The competitions continued to produce some excellent and strongly contested golf. Two particular highlights for me were the successful introduction of a Championship for Category 2 Handicap golfers which seemed much appreciated and the change to a one day format for the Suffolk Open Championship, which appeared to encourage greater support from our professionals. We intend to extend the former to Category 3 golfers this year as we strive to make all male golfers more aware of the County’s activities on behalf of the whole membership, not just the elite golfers.

The various winners are listed on the County website but for those who may not have access to it, they were as follows: Amateur Foursomes: Nathan Overton and Alastair Hall (pictured below with the President) Amateur Champion: Patrick Spraggs Open Champion: Jack Cardy Category 2 Champion: Graham Tait Seniors Champion: Roger Taylor Junior Champion: James Biggs Mens Matchplay Champion: Chris Bartrum Junior Matchplay Champion: Kane Mayes

Matchplay Competitions

Again, it was encouraging to see some different clubs challenging for honours, Newton Green putting up a determined fight in the Stenson Shield final against Felixstowe and Seckford proving successful in the Beaumont Trophy. The winners were: Stenson Shield: Felixstowe Ferry Hambro Cup: Woodbridge Tolly Cobbold Cup: Bury St Edmunds Parks Trophy: Felixstowe Ferry Beaumont Cup: Seckford

Men’s Teams

After the excitement of 2012, 2013 results proved disappointing, both teams finishing tied in fourth place with Leicestershire in the Anglian League and, as a result of a scorecard error, the team was disqualified in the South East Region Qualifier. It would be remiss of me not to thank Mike Rees who acted as First Team Captain and Andy Collett who had the challenging task as Second Team Captain, both of whom have reluctantly stepped down for 2014.

In their place we welcome Nathan Overton who will lead the firsts and Neil Meadows, vastly experienced in County Golf, who will guide what is invariably a young team in the second division. We wish them both every success.


Senior golfers continue to be a major force in club membership and, as we all live longer, they form a growing part of amateur golf generally The Men’s County Seniors team, captained by John Cullum. had another highly successful season.

A major achievement was to win the Anglian Seniors League. Former Seniors captain, Jon Marks, played a leading role in developing the League which saw its first year of competition in 2012. To have won in 2013, after being runnersup in the opening year, shows how consistent our team has become. I was pleased to be at Bury St Edmunds when Terry Hunt, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, formally presented the Anglian League Shield, generously provided by his company, to John Cullum, once the outcome of the league had been determined. To add to this success, the team once again progressed to the Finals of the Southern Counties Foursomes, played at Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately, the team could not repeat the second place achieved at Sherborne in 2012

but nevertheless the seniors’ squad continues to go from strength to strength with an extensive programme of events and no small measure of success therein. The stroke play champion was Roger Taylor after an epic struggle against Stephen Whymark. Woodbridge continue to dominate the Michael Thomas Team Trophy.


We continue to invest heavily in junior golf here in Suffolk and our extensive coaching programme, led by Keith Preston, is highly acclaimed by many counties. Once again our team won the Anglian League Trophy, beating Leicestershire in the final at Haverhill.

The Chairman of Suffolk Junior Golf, Mike Stevenson, has the solid support of an enthusiastic team of managers and helpers and our child protection continues in the capable and professional hands of Stuart McCallum.

County Partnership

Here I must thank Colin Firmin who stood down after several notable years as Chairman of the Suffolk County Golf Partnership since its inception. We wish his successor Crawford Gillan continued success at the helm.

Despite earlier concerns, Partnership funding has again been forthcoming from Sport England and its work looks assured going forward.


I firmly believe our Secretary keeps clubs fully informed of all matters and serves our individual golfers well with regular updates of our website, a source of extensive information on all manner of things. It was recently redesigned. The Suffolk and Norfolk Golfer magazine appears to maintain its popularity as it enters its 15th year of publication and I am grateful to the many clubs, individuals and organisations which support the issues with their items of input and advertising.

I continue to be beholden to our publisher Linda Basham who does such a brilliant job in laying out the bi-monthly issues and not chastising me when my copy is (invariably) late!

As I near the end of my close involvement in County Golf, it would be encouraging to learn of someone who might be willing to take on the cont.>>> project to keep it going after this year.


In conclusion

As I said last year, the future continues to be challenging as clubs endeavour to maintain memberships whilst having to balance ever-rising costs with income streams increasingly hit by the continuing strained economic situation and the adverse weather extremes of the past two years.

With the Juniors By Ron Kent

The juniors have now concluded their winter coaching sessions and at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club The Counties are not immune either. Hopefully by recently, Chair of Suffolk Junior Golf Mike co-operation, mutual understanding and earnest Stevenson presented a number of awards. Fynn endeavour, we shall come through the storms and O’Reilly won the under-16s skills test and George maintain the standards and delights of this Copsey, current junior Captain at Felixstowe Ferry, wonderful game. took the honours in the under-18s group. Finally, as I enter my final year in office, once again I must again offer my sincere thanks to the many Club Secretaries\Managers and Officers and members of the Executive Committee for their solid support over the 21 years I have been involved in County Golf, in some form or another.

George Copsey and Fynn O’Reilly

Ron Kent, President, Suffolk Golf Union


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The Reiss Trophy, for outstanding junior golf achievement in 2013 was won by Robert Salter and Jack Phillips was awarded the Sam Jaggard Trophy, presented by Sam’s mother in memory of her son so tragically killed in a road accident. As usual the juniors have a packed programme ahead, starting with the under-16s against Suffolk Seniors on 6th April at Aldeburgh.

… and the Seniors

There are bound to be some newcomers to the Seniors ranks vying for selection for the Seniors County team this year, captained once again this year by John Cullum (pictured right). As usual it promises to be a busy time for our senior golfers.

The Under-18s and Under-16s join up to take on Essex in the traditional fixture, this year being played at Toot Hill near Ongar. The 6254 yards par 70 The course is quite spectacular and features an island programme green par 3 12th. opens on 1st April The under-14s entertain Sussex at Haverhill on 13th when we April in what has become an annual fixture set up by travel to Ian Woodhead, the venue switching counties each play Kent year. at West Malling. The under-16s continue their programme on 14th It is an April when they play Norfolk at Purdis whilst the excellent important South East 6-man junior qualifier is work-out scheduled for Copthorne in Sussex for 28th May. for our team against the 2013 England Seniors Team champions, Kent having recorded a clean sweep against Lancashire, Devon and Lincolnshire at the Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park in Surrey last year.

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On 6th April, the annual match against our Under16s will take place at Aldeburgh.

On 22nd April, we meet Essex at Haverhill and on 23rd May Northamptonshire are the visitors, the match scheduled for Bury St Edmunds. Four days later we take to the road to play Norfolk at Great Yarmouth and Caister. Having reached the final of the Southern Counties Seniors Foursomes for the past two years, the team will looking to go one better this year and bring home that coveted title.

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Memorable Moments in Sport

By Ron Kent

unforgettable phrase – “They think it’s all over (England 3 Germany 2) – It is now” as the fourth England goal crashed in off the underside of the bar. Whilst coming from a foot-balling family, dad playing at a reasonable non-league level, my school life was at a rugby-playing school and, after early lack of interest, I got to enjoy the game and always try to watch England games at least on Sport has always played a prominent part in my life television now. and with physical participation much reduced Again for me, the most memorable moment in that nowadays I often resort to thinking back and reading about some of the momentous moments in particular sport was another World Cup success for England, this time in 2003, winning the tournament sport I have personally enjoyed over the years. at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia against With golf material short at this time of the year, I the host nation in front of 83,500 spectators and thought I would crave your indulgence by recalling goodness knows how many on television. The here a miscellany of some of those moments match had many similar moments to the Wembley success 37 years earlier. What triggered the idea for the piece (or maybe Thinking back to my old days learning Latin at school, I must admit that I have always tried to adhere to the old Victorian saying, “sana mens in sano corpore”, i.e. that a healthy body, achieved by sporting endeavour, contributes to a healthy mind, Advancing years have failed to arrest the decline in the body bit and I rather suspect that the sana mens is gradually becoming “insana”.

two pieces) was to catch, on television recently, a repeat of that fantastic effort by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo when the pair’s brilliant ice-dancing to Ravel’s Bolero earned them top marks for artistic impression from all twelve judges. Not sport you may suggest but at the time, their performance also earned the pair 8th place in the British public’s survey of Greatest Sporting Moments taken in 2002. Sport or not, it was a performance of the most brilliant artistic and technical achievement I can ever recall.


It was pulsating affair, England going behind early on, as they had done in the round-ball final, Australia going ahead early on. England fought back and were ahead with just minutes to go but Australia took the match into extra time with a late penalty.

With just seconds of extra time left, Jonny Wilkinson (right) delighted Coming from a football family, one grows tired of millions in the reading about the obscene money paid to top Northern players these days. Looking back, however, the hemisphere by most wonderful moment in football that I can recall dropping a goal (apart, of course, from Arsenal winning the FA Cup and giving on several occasions in the past!) was the victory England victory by England in the World Cup Final at Wembley in by 17-14 for 1966. the first time in The match was played in front of a crowd of 93,000 the event’s history. The and reputedly watched on television by 400 team arrived millions. back in England went behind early but equalised by halfEngland three days later and were given a heroes time and went ahead after the break. Germany welcome through the streets of London soon set our nerves jangling, scoring a late equaliser to afterwards take the match into extra time. A disputed goal Such were some of the most memorable occasions sent England back into the lead and with just over the years for me but, with memories flooding, seconds to go, a further goal secured the World space has run out for this issue and, in our next, Cup for England for the first time since the we will recall some other memorable moments in competition’s inception in 1930, giving rise to other sports over the years. commentator Kenneth Wolstenhome’s

John Cook By Tony Garnett

East Anglian Daily Times

In 1973 he teamed up with Richard Evans of Woodbridge, a Carris Trophy winner, to claim the MacLeod Cup as Suffolk Amateur Foursomes champions.

In 1975 he enjoyed the John Cook, one of the stalwarts of Suffolk biggest triumph of his and Felixstowe Ferry golf for almost 50 years career when he became died recently at the age of 94. Suffolk Open champion beating professionals John had a distinguished 32-year career in Johnny Johnson, Leslie the Royal Air Force before moving to the Jones and Mark Jillings by County. a single shot at Thorpeness. He retired as a Squadron Leader and later This success was took a post with Barclays Bank winning their particularly sweet because national championship at Gullane in 1973. the Suffolk selectors had just embarked on a youth He took up golf in 1948 and was soon policy and left him out of representing the RAF. Once he moved to the first team for the Suffolk his golfing prowess became county match against legendary. Leicestershire. He won the first of his eight club championship titles at Felixstowe in 1966 and the final one in 1984. The club honoured him last year by providing a new cup for their club championship, calling it the John Cook Trophy. Neil Meadows, appointed as Suffolk men’s second team captain this year and himself a stalwart of Felixstowe Ferry golf, said “John was the first person I played with when I joined Felixstowe Ferry as a young player. I learned a great deal from him. I and many young golfers looked up to him. He will always be a legend of our club and Suffolk golf”.

In 1969 Mr Cook played in Suffolk’s first-ever Anglian league match against Northamptonshire when his partner was David Whinney.

He became Suffolk amateur champion in 1979 at the age of 58 when he beat Peter HaigThomas and John Doe in a play-off at Woodbridge. The following year he won the Suffolk President’s Mashie, the amateur match play championship.

He continued to be competitive when he joined the senior ranks. He won the Geoffrey Barnard Bowl as Suffolk Senior Champion in 1990 and 1991. He helped Felixstowe Ferry win the Hambro Cup on five occasions, the most recent being in 1992 when he was 72 years old.

After retiring from competitive golf he enjoyed a few holes on the Martello course. He also acted as the club’s official starter. He leaves a daughter, Pat Phillips, who lives in Nottingham.

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The County Team gets its programme under way

By Ron Kent

By the time the May\June issue appears, the County teams will already have been active on several occasions, opening rounds of the inter-club match play competitions will have been resolved and the Suffolk Amateur Foursomes Championship will have taken place at Rookery Park Golf Club. Not that nothing has been happening before that busy programme gets under way.

The Men’s teams met at Felixstowe Ferry recently for coaching from Keith Preston and Robert Joyce. Keith spent time with each of the two groups talking about the importance of the drive whilst Robert sharpened up some putting skills.

New Captains Nathan Overton (1st team) and Neil Meadows (2nd team) outlined their hopes and aspirations for the season and called for players’ commitment to the County squad. It was great to see past County player and 1st team Captain John Maddock in attendance and with Neil will bring loads of experience to the County’s young players, who are sure to break into the Men’s County scene this year.

As usual, Tony Garnett was on hand to photograph the squad shown above, (back row, left to right: Robert Joyce (PGA), Jack Forgan, Dean Fairweather, Matt Mann, Nathan Overton (1st Team captain), John Maddock, James Biggs, Neil Meadows (2nd Team captain), Ron Kent (SGU President) and Keith Preston (PGA). Front row left to right: Alastair Hall, Josh Robertson, Robert Salter, Paul Waring, Jasper Johnson, Josh Cottrell and Chris Vince.

By the time this magazine reaches clubs, the 1st team will already have started their match season at Royal Worlington against Suffolk Ladies.

The following Sunday, the team takes on a strong team representing Suffolk PGA at Rushmere, always a valuable event in the County’s pre-season programme and on May 11th start their Anglian League programme against Leicestershire and Rutland, the first team at home at Purdis Heath, the seconds travelling to the hilly Glen Gorse On 16th May the team travels to Lincolnshire for the Eastern Inter Counties Foursomes, played over two days at the challenging Seacroft club.

One County Championship is scheduled to be played before April is out, Nathan Overton and Alastair Hall, a regular County pairing, looking to defend the Amateur Foursomes title at Rookery Park on 27th April, having won at Rushmere in 2013.

We reviewed the opening rounds of the inter-club match play competitions in our last issue. The stand-out Hambro Cup match for me on 18th May appears to be Ipswich versus Felixstowe Ferry whilst in the Tolly Cobbold draw you won’t get a much more local derby than holders Bury St Edmunds versus The Suffolk, just a mile or so away whilst the most interesting Stenson Shield match on 23rd May will be at Felixstowe where the Ferry and Newton Green will re-enact the tense 2013 final, narrowly won by Felixstowe at Hintlesham.

Recently, a set of unofficial magazines, circulating around one of our golf clubs some twenty-five years or so ago, came into my possession. Most members thought them amusing, a few thought them scurrilous!

Risking the firing squad and not having much else to write about at this time of the year, I thought I would reproduce one of the articles in this issue. It takes a tongue-in-cheek look at one of the major issues facing golf clubs (and golfers themselves)today – that of slow play.

Are you playing too quickly?

On the Green

Do not try to save time by weighing up your putt while the others are putting. Don’t even look at it until it is your turn to perform and then give them the full act. Lift ball, examine it closely, clean it and replace it.

Move to the rear and squat, pointing the putter at the ball. Grip the chin with the left hand and try to look shrewd. After a suitable time, suspend putter vertically between finger and thumb and squint alternately at flag and ball. Rise, walk slowly to the hole and view the putt from behind it. Return to the ball, scrutinising every blade of glass along the way.

Recheck the line from behind the ball. Have a few practice putting strokes and then , finally, miss the putt.

If you are, you have little excuse. After all, modern When all have putted out, retake your putt several golfers all have the advantage of television from times, shaking your head at he roughness of the which to learn the subtleties of slow play. greens and the total lack of support you are getting from the Great Putter in the Sky.

Pre-Stroke drill

No need to make up your mind too quickly when selecting a club. Fiddle about a bit. Change your choice at least twice. When you have finally decided on the right club, walk to the ball and remove any loose impediments within a yard of it, (these can be imaginary if the ball is lying perfectly). Stand behind the ball and walk backwards about twelve paces, facing the target. Then return to the ball and move your trolley which you should have parked inconveniently close. Go back to the ball and repeat the walking backwards bit.

(Editor’s note. Had this article been written now, one could have added the bit about checking the yardage on your DMD, walking forward or back to the nearest marker post to confirm the distance on the DMD is right, then returning to the ball, checking the DMD again).

Addressing the ball

Take your time. Ensure that all the extremities of your anatomy are arranged to your complete satisfaction before you assume the total paralysis pose. When your companions show some concern that you may have expired, take your stroke.

Walking between shots 22

Try to visualise a platoon of geriatrics doing the slow march on some occasion such as the internment of a favourite monarch.

Amble gently to the front of the green, where you should have left your trolley, acknowledging the friendly cries from those waiting to play to the green, by raising your arm and fingers in greeting. I am convinced that one day committees will have to act against those fourballs who tear around in three and a quarter hours. If He had meant us to do this, he would have given us running shoes.

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The Triumvirate - Part 3 J.H.Taylor.

The final article in the series takes a look back at John Henry Taylor, born in Devon in 1871 and the youngest member of the great Triumvirate which ruled golf around the turn of the 20th century and beyond.

As so often was the case, Taylor started caddying at the age of eleven at his local course. He learned that to record a decent score, especially in the wind, precise ball control was essential. He developed an economical swing, ensuring the clubface was square through impact.

By Ron Kent

Aged 21, he took his first job as a professional, combining it with green-keeping duties at Burnham and Berrow in Somerset.

In his first Open Championship at Prestwick, he got off to a flying start with a round of 75 but recorded a disappointing second round of 89 in poor weather to finish in 10th place. In 1894, the Championship was first played outside Scotland at Sandwich, Kent and Taylor proved his quality, winning the tournament by five clear shots. He was thought to be the first player to use lofted irons to attack the greens and, therefore, the founder of the modern wedges.

The following year, Taylor repeated his win at St Andrews despite an opening round of 86. However, the arrival of Harry Vardon on the Championship scene was to see Taylor finishing on a number of occasions second behind him until his next win five years later.

In 1899, then aged 28, Taylor took up residence as professional at Royal Mid Surrey, having input into the development of the course there with many of the characteristics of Royal North Devon. He was to remain as professional there until he retired in 1946 and, in his later years, was regularly seen out on the course with members.

Also in 1899, Taylor went to America, once again beaten into second place by Vardon in the US Open. Taylor went on the win two more British Opens and captained a winning Great Britain and Ireland team in the 1933 Ryder Cup at the age of 62. Clearly, as was often the case in those days, Taylor’s skills eventually transferred to course design,

becoming the architect for the Royal Birkdale and Macrahanish courses, among several others. Having looked through a 2005 edition of golf courses in Great Britain, I can only find evidence of his designing one course in Suffolk, that being the delightful 9-hole course at Flempton .

Taylor died in 1963 at the ripe old age of 91. Born one year after Vardon and Braid, he was the youngest of the three but outlived the other two by several years, Braid reaching the age of 80 when he died in 1950. Vardon was 67 when he passed away in 1937 after suffering serious health problems for much of his life.. It is worth repeating just to repeat how much the Triumvirate dominated golf all those years ago, their Open Championship successes were as follows:

James Braid (5) 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910; John Henry Taylor ( 5) 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909 and 1913; Harry Vardon (6) 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914 Their record represents 16 Open Championship wins between them in the 21 years between their first triumph (Vardon in 1896) and their last (Vardon again in 1914).


Peter Ballingall



There is no doubt that Spain is a most beautiful country - and it is huge. Many parts of the landmass are given over to National Parks: areas of natural beauty reserved for the wildlife, flora and fauna.

We have such an area that borders the El Rompido golf courses. This is the marisma, the marsh that is a sanctuary for birdlife. No one is permitted onto this vast area and although no one being in his right mind would want to build on it, being a marsh, development of any kind on this land is prohibited.

There is another area that sits opposite the village of El Rompido. It is called La Flecha which is a spit that extends for about a mile in length but only about 150yds wide. This separates La Ria Piedra [the river] from the Atlantic ocean.

The people may walk this land, access to it by boat, and enjoy the beaches on both sides and although, many years ago, it had some buildings on it that was a type of fish factory, they are ruins today. Many developers have tried to get permission to build on La Flecha but none have been successful because the Spanish are exceedingly proud of all such areas of outstanding natural beauty that will forever remain 'natural' and conserved.They are like national treasures. You may remember from earlier 'Letters' my telling you of a new development that 'we' were involved with at Valdecañas, some 150 miles from Madrid. A hotel, two hundred villas and a golf course were built on a small island on an enormous inland lake in this province of Extremadura and Cáceras. All the permissions to build and develop the area were sought and granted. The houses were built and they sold quickly having, as they do, magnificent views in every direction. The golf course too was opened in 2010 and today it is enjoyed by the residents and tourists alike.

Now it transpires that some of the landmass upon which sits the houses and the golf course is regarded as an area of natural beauty and therefore prohibited from development and El Supremo, the most important governor in the land second only to the King of Spain, has decreed that the area must be returned to its original state! 24

Quite how this has happened is something of a

mystery as, I repeat, all of the permissions to develop were granted at the outset and if El Supremo is to be obeyed it will be something of a shock and disaster for many. Those who have bought their houses, including friends of the King, will lose them. The many local residents from the nearby village of El Gordo, who are employed at the resort, and who previously had no work, will lose their jobs and the tourist industry in the region that supports the economy, in no small way, will suffer hugely. Although Golf El Rompido was involved in the construction of the golf course, it merely manages it. The investment in it and in the buildings including the hotel was made by the main developer; another company.

So, distressing times lie ahead for many including some of our friends who own there and others who work there. Whilst it is important to protect such national treasures, one might question why politicians should renege on their agreements so many years later down the line. One might also argue that this particular area has been enhanced and that its rare beauty is available to many more people than ever before. Watch this space! I am sure there is more to come!

STOP PRESS • STOP PRESS • STOP PRESS After submitting this story, news is reaching us that all is not lost.

In spite of receiving full verbal permissions to develop the site work commenced before the papers were received: papers that would, and did, take many months to arrive. This was adjudged to have been unacceptable! A hefty fine will probably be levied on the developer. This just another example of how, in addition to various new and spurious taxes, the government is trying to bolster its revenues. Ah well!

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Bungay & Waveney Valley Golf Club Celebrating 125 Years! Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club are proud to be celebrating their 125th Year

In 1889 it was agreed and permission granted by the Bungay Common owners that a “Links” could be established to play golf on the common. Formerly known as “The Waveney Valley Golf Club” the entry fee was set at 10/6d for the first fifty members and £1 1s 0d thereafter. Arguably the most notable name to join the club in its formative year was, Sir Henry Ryder Haggard, who must have been convinced by the early possibilities.

The layout owes a lot to the five times Open Champion, James Braid (right), who re-designed and enlarged the course to 18 holes in 1901. He returned in April 1906 to play an exhibition match against Bob Jacobs who was the professional at the time. His nephew related that Bob was so nervous on the first tee, that Braid took him back to the club house and gave him a double whisky! Braid won 8 up.

Today it is now a picturesque and comfortable walk, affording some fantastic views across neighbouring hills and marshland. The natural heathland terrain has gorse and fur trees in abundance, which is peppered with beautiful purple tipped rye grass in May. The sandy soil gives perfect drainage all year round and is the key in producing a course which is hardly ever compromised in the winter.

The 1880’s was a decade that golf became firmly established in East Anglia, and Bungay are naturally proud of their roots and heritage. However, the success of the Club today owes a lot to their ability to blend tradition with modern day evolution. The golfing landscape has been shaken due to the economic environment. Andrew Collison, the Director of Golf says: “a modern Golf Club must be able to adapt to the needs of members, work hard and be progressive and that is what we have done”. The acquisition of new machinery for the greens, has meant the course is playing as well as it has done in recent memory, and membership is buoyant. The clubhouse has always been associated with a warm and friendly welcome and with the addition of a fantastic conservatory in recent years. The all round package at Bungay is exceptional and can be the most relaxing of places to spend an afternoon.

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A strong performance both on the course and behind the scenes was reported at the annual general meeting of Newton Green Golf Club. During the meeting, members elected Andy Dodds a honorary life member, following his recent Queen's Birthday award honour, which marked his contribution to both Sudbury Cricket Club and Newton Green. Peter Philpott was confirmed as the Club's new chairman. Andrew Johnson becomes men's captain, joining Sue Thurgate as ladies' captain. Their respective vice captains Bill Havers and Sheila Walter move onto the main committee, with Bernie Pratt. It was confirmed both Mens competition winners Captains and the seniors Captain Mike Norton, would be supporting Canine Partners, the first time a charity has been adopted on a joint basis at the club. During the meeting, retiring captain Chris Williams, a full time paramedic, presented a cheque of £1,105 to Paul Calverset of the Children's Burns Club. The evening concluded with the presentation of prizes to winners of mens' and mixed competitions.

Mixed competition winners

Paul Calverset of the Children's Burns Club, receives a £1,105 cheque from Chris Williams

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tricky. Afterwards Haverhill's Lady Captain, Theresa Spittle, thanked the teams and wished Newmarket well for their next round match.

The Seniors Section at Haverhill Golf Club invited Mrs Veronica Kernutt to attend the Seniors Presentation to award the Kernutt Cup in memory of her husband Roy, a former member of the Golf Club, who was very passionate The penultimate meeting of the Suffolk Winter Alliance about the game of golf. Seniors' Captain, Keith McCallum, announced the Seniors Section had nominated took place at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. In all sixty Syd Gould to receive the Kernutt Cup in recognition of the players including six Professionals took part on a fine valuable contribution he has made to Haverhill Golf Club spring day with just a moderate breeze. The Professional prize was won by Hugo Dobson from since joining in 2006. Woodbridge (at present back home from America) with In spite having to contend with health issues, thankfully Syd has made a full recovery and is back regularly playing a three under par score of 69. In 2nd place was Tim Cooper (Newton Green) with 70 golf and continuing his work for the and in 3rd place Danny Barton (Felixstowe Golf Seniors Section. As Centre) with 74. well as this, Syd The team event, four ball better ball stableford, with volunteers to assist two scores from four to count, was won by the the Golf Club on Pro Stowmarket/Hintlesham team comprising Paul Am Days, Charity Presland, Trevor Holley, Kevin Brooks and Keith Days as well as Tarrant with a score of 84pts. numerous other In 2nd place were Tim Cooper, Peter Philpot, Alan events throughout Cunningham & Gary Borthwick (Newton Green and the year. The other Stoke-by-Nayland) with 82 pts. In 3rd place were trophy winners were Danny Barton, Tom Martin, Joe Simpson & Sean Payne (FGC/Felixstowe Ferry/Ipswich/Rushmere) with announced as follows; Mick Donno 81 pts. and Ann Thompson for the Bleasdale Haverhill hosted the Past Captain's Trophy. Cup, Gill Richardson A total of 13 Past Captains and their invited guests took part in the team event, the format was Stableford, for the Ladies Monday League and with 3 scores to count. For the time of year it was the Peter Cundall for the Mott cup (Men’s Monday league). speed of the greens that took most by surprise, and Prior to the Presentation, the Seniors played in a texas this was reflected in the scores. The winners with 105pts were Dennis Harkness (Captain 2009) and his scramble competition which was won by Howard Wood, Vice Captain Rob Viney, Peter Bowers and Ian Andrews. team comprising Geoff Dorkins, Kim Ward and Steve In 2nd place were Alastair Cocks, Mick Start, Len Adams Martin. In 2nd place with 102pts were Terry Bishop and Roger Corbett. (Captain 2008) and his team comprising Dave Pipe, Murray McKenzie and Dan Wilkins. In 3rd place with Haverhill Ladies held their Presentation Evening, Sheila 101pts were Malcolm Klingle (Captain 1993) and his Price, the Lady Captain for 2013, assisted by Theresa team comprising Paul Bartlett, Joe Davis and Andy Spittle, Lady Captain for 2014 gave the prize presentation. Fish. In all 44 ladies attended the event which included 6 members from the new Parklands Academy Membership The Junior Combined Medal was played with some excellent scores were returned and the winner by just scheme. At the end of the evening, the winner of one shot was James Iron, with a very impressive Lady Golfer of the Year round of 87-22-65, cutting his handicap by 2 shots to was announced. This 20. In 2nd place was Joshua Hulyer with 85-19-66, was presented to Jackie trimming his handicap by a shot to 18. In 3rd place was Alice Iron (with a 2 shot handicap allowance) with Condon who plays off a a solid round of 88-17-71, maintaining her handicap at handicap of 14. During 2013 Jackie won the 15. Another notable round was that of Matt Carpenter Ladies Club who, following a stableford adjustment, has reduced Championship (scratch), his handicap by 2 shots to 34. the Winter Eclectic, and Haverhill Ladies competed in the 2nd round of the was the overall Medal nationally organised Mail on Sunday competition and Winner having won 4 of were drawn at home against Newmarket. It was a the monthly medals to closely fought match against strong opposition, round off a very however the visitors managed to successfully claim a successful golfing year. 31/2- 11/2 victory, despite finding the greens fast and The Ladies Medal was won by Jackie Condon with a nett 76. In 2nd place was Lyn Fish with a nett 84 and in 3rd place Pauline Calmet with a nett 87.


PGA SENIORS RETURNS TO STOKE BY NAYLAND Around 120 of the world’s most famous senior golfers will be competing at the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship from 5th - 7th June at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. This is considered to be the flagship event of the European Senior Tour - and as such is set to attract the likes of Woosnam, Montgomerie and Torrance to play in this 4 day tournament, preceded by a Pro Am on 4th June. Thousands of spectators are expected to come and watch world class golf on their doorsteps, and golf fans and their families will experience the wonderful facilities on offer. The event and sponsors will also benefit from 200 hours of TV coverage in over 50 countries around the world, the most important of which will be the one hour highlights coverage on Sky Sports on each evening of the Championship. There will also be regional BBC Look East, ITV, Radio and press coverage. With such a high profile event, both local and national companies are set to benefit from the various levels of sponsorship on offer, ranging from on course signage to stands in the tented village, adverts in the programme and excellent hospitality packages at just £75 for a whole day of wining, dining and top class golf. Reigning Senior Tour order of merit winner Wesselingh will be the man to beat as he bids to emulate legends Christy O’Connor and Neil Coles by lifting the title for a third successive year following his triumphs at Slaley Hall and Mottram Hall. Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, who finished third behind Wesselingh last year, has been a regular competitor in the event while another Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is eligible to play for the first time

having turned 50 just two weeks after last year’s tournament. As part of their sponsorship of the tournament, ISPS has also backed an academy programme to train PGA pros in coaching blind and disabled golfers – a cause close to Dr Haruhisa Handa’s heart as he bids to take golf into the Paralympics. Free lessons for disabled golfers by specially trained PGA coaches will be a feature of the tented village at the Suffolk venue during tournament week – as well as free clinics for all standards of golfers. PGA chief executive Sandy Jones added: “Having previously staged two championships at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, we know we can be sure of a warm welcome and also an excellent test of golf for the best players.” Susanna Rendall, managing director of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf Club and Spa added: “We are thrilled to host this prestigious event once again and are particularly pleased to welcome Europe's best senior golfers back to our hotel and golf course.” There will be a tented village and many more attractions - details will be released as they are confirmed and spectators are welcome at the Pro Am and throughout the tournament. The 4 day event will be preceded by a Pro-Am on Wednesday 4th June in which keen amateurs can enjoy playing with some of the world’s top senior professionals. The day will end with a Gala Dinner and prize giving. A limited number of teams are available and for further information about entries – or about booking places for hospitality during the Championship please contact

IPSWICH GOLF CLUB, JUNIOR SECTION In spite of very windy and wet weather at the beginning of 2014, Ipswich GC were able to hold all their advertised events. The year started on the Bixley 9 hole course, when thirteen of the younger, higher handicaps, played a fun Texas Scramble. The team of Charlotte Gregory, Louis Commercial, Joshua Williams and Ruby Weaver were the winners. The weather was good for the February half-term week. There were competitions on the Purdis Heath and Bixley courses as well as match play practice. The home friendly match against Rushmere Juniors resulted in a win to Ipswich by 3-1. On March 2nd the Juniors played the Suffolk Girls. All matches were close and the end result was a win to Ipswich by 5-1.

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Team for match v. Suffolk Girls Tom Fowler, Luke Middleton, Habebul Islam, Kieran Dymond, David Huggins, Sam Shepherd.


Snow twice forced Chris Williams to abandon his captain's drive-in at Newton Green Golf Club last year, but there was not a flake to be seen as blazing sun welcomed Andrew Johnson as he drove more than 190 yards down the first fairway to start his season as captain. Before the drive-in, Williams, watched by the incoming captain, putted out on the 18th green to conclude his season. More than 80 players then took part in a Stableford competition in which Bob Talbot won with 40 points on count back from Zennan Szpurko and Tom King. They were followed by Paddy Lockwood 39 and David Holmes 38 (ocb). In the scratch division, Russell Oakey scored a level par 69, followed by juniors Jed Seeley, who took second place on count back from Tom King, both with 73. King left the club house looking for a rainy day. Having picked up an armfull of umbrella prizes, as he also won both closest to the pin contests, and a similar prize in the raffle. Andrew Johnson watching Chris Williams putt out to close his season.


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"I started collecting ballmarkers around 2004. Like most other collectors I obtained them from the courses I had played. Gradually I widened my range by contacting clubs and looking on Ebay. In those days there wasn't a list of collectors, so you did the best you could, then I received an email from another collector, inviting me to join him and his colleagues.

This was the start of a group calling themselves 'The Jackdaws'. Gradually it increased in size and we decided to start a website and renamed it BMCC (Ballmarkers Collector Club). We have had several get togethers over the last couple of years, where we discuss and do a bit of personal trading. I don't have the largest collection, but somewhere in the region of 4000. This is made up from various, including The Ryder Cup, The Masters, British Open, Royals, Centenarys and Anniversary's, along with the standard markers from Clubs in the Counties from UK and Ireland.

I have a couple of specials which I am quite proud of. One being the Royal Colwood Centenary, which I managed to get last year, that was a ‘2 in 1’ pocket marker, and I do have a very rare 2010 centenary from the Rhondda Golf Club with Rhonnda spelt wrongly.

Although quite pricey, the latest I'm involved with is the large (38mm dia) '2 in 1' sometimes called the pocket marker, or in the States it is known as the 'Mondomark'. My Norfolk and Suffolk collections are missing a few, Fakenham, Raymerston and Sprowston Park from Norfolk along with Seckford and St Clement from Suffolk, so if anybody has any, I would be delighted to re-home them.

My ballmarkers are still in boxes and one day I will find a way of displaying them, but in the meantime I will carry on regardless! If anyone is interested in collecting or trading, I would be delighted to hear from you. Brian Green on Rob Holmes, the Bungay & Waveney Valley Golf Club Press Officer, achieved his first hole in one, after 40 years, during a social round, on the 145 yard, par 3, 7th at Bungay, using a 6 iron.


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Stonham Barns have been running Junior Tournaments since 2001 and currently run 8 events through the year for youngsters to experience playing in Junior Golf Tournaments, in a friendly relaxed environment.

All juniors are welcome, whatever their standard or ability. The events are usually the last Sunday of each month from April to November and include the Stonham U12 Junior Flag Tournament in May, the East Anglian Under 12 Junior Golf Championship in June and the Stonham Barns Players Championship in November. These events will require entry in advance. All the other events, juniors can just turn up on the day, any play 9 holes anytime between 10am and 1pm. There will be prizes for all the different age categories, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15. We welcome both girls and boys of ages between 4 and 15.


Sunday 27th April 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Tournament 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee £7.00 / No Booking Required Play anytime from 10.00am to 1.00pm / Prize Giving 2.30pm

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Sunday 29th June 2014 East Anglian Junior Under 12' Championship 18 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-12 / Entry Fee £10.00 / Entries Required. Online Entry at 2014 U12

Sunday 27th July 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Tournament 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee £7.00 / No booking required. Play anytime from 10.00am to 1.00pm / Prize Giving 2.30pm Sunday 24th August 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Tournament 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee £7.00 / No booking required. Play anytime from 10.00am to 1.00pm / Prize Giving 2.30pm Sunday 28th Sept 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Tournament 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee £7.00 / No booking required. Play anytime from 10.00am to 1.00pm / Prize Giving 2.30pm

Sunday 26th October 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Tournament 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee £7.00 / No booking required. Play from 10.00am to 1.00pm / Prize Giving 2.30pm Sunday 23rd Nov 2014 Stonham Barns Junior Players Championship 9 Hole Medal Play / Ages 4-15 / Entry Fee 10.00 / Entries Required. Entries by invitation only for juniors that have played in at least one event this year.

Fiona claims Ipswich Golf Club course record after 20 year hiatus

After a 20 year absence from the game Ipswich golfer Fiona Edmond showed the old adage ‘it’s like riding a bike’ was more pertinent to golf as she broke the ladies course record at Ipswich Golf Club.

Last week she was presented with a glass replica of her scorecard as a special memento in recognition of her achievement, which saw her shoot a six-under par 67, in a SLCGA Division 1 medal competition, breaking the previous record of 68, just three months after dusting off her clubs.

Fiona, who owns and runs Green Island Gardens, in Ardleigh, Colchester, was forced to give up the game after injury and developing ME, before family-life and business commitments left little time to play. She decided to pick up the clubs again after her five sons - JJ, Rory, Angus, Sam and Luke - who range from eight to 18-years of age, all joined Ipswich Golf Club as junior members.

“All five boys are part of an exceptional junior section at Ipswich,” she said. “I spent a lot of time taxiing them to and from the club, so the boys asked me to dust off the clubs and join them for a game. Once I’d finished that round I went straight to the

Ipswich Golf Club General Manager Neill Ellice (right) presents Fiona Edmond with her commemorative scorecard to celebrate her new course record

General Manager’s office and joined the club.”

Despite having not played for two decades Fiona had lost none of her skills and was quickly back into the swing of things, swiftly breaking the course record.

The 47-year-old added: “It was like rolling back the years making putt after putt and I was gobsmacked to receive such a wonderful memento, it is the nicest thing I have ever been presented with. It has pride of place on the mantlepiece.” Neill Ellice, General Manager of Ipswich Golf Club, said: “It was quite a remarkable achievement from Fiona to come back into the game after 20 years, join our club and promptly break the ladies course record.

“The club is a very welcoming environment to all new members and Fiona certainly made a name for herself early on in her life as a member here. We have memberships available and new members joining all the time, it will be interesting to see if her feat can be repeated in the near future.” For details on Ipswich Golf Club or to enquire about membership visit, email or call 01473 728941.


Stonham Barns FootGolf Course in Stowmarket - to hold UKFGA National Rankings Tournaments

The UK FootGolf Association (UKFGA) are holding the first ever National Rankings Tournament at Stonham Barns Golf Centre. The first event will be “kicking off” on Sunday 13th April 2014 at 13:00 (Registration at 12:00 noon) and will be finishing around 5pm. With future events happening each month through until September. FootGolf is already played in numerous countries around the world, with the first tournaments being played in 2009, and having been introduced to the UK in 2012.

The sport is played on a traditional golf course, and FootGolf is proving to be a very "addictive" sport that combines the best of popular sports like football with an elite sport like golf. The beauty of this game consists in being able to strategically combine power and precision to achieve the goal of getting the ball to the hole in fewest number of The UKFGA will also welcome new players of all shots. ages and sex, to participate in these events. There will be an awards ceremony straight after the The UK’s first FootGolf tournament was held at tournament, with food and drink on site. Sewerby Hall and Gardens near Bridlington on The cost of entry is £10.00 p/person, a full 18 hole September 2012, where the golf course was transformed into a FootGolf arena for the very first round of FootGolf, with guaranteed National time, with players from around the UK and Hungary Rankings Points for each participant. participating.

Due to the unprecident increase in participation for this new sport, the national governing body the UK FootGolf Association (UKFGA) have had to implement a National Rankings System to allow participants to obtain rankings points in order gain access to both National and International Tournaments.

Selected FootGolf Courses throughout the UK will be holding monthly Rankings Tournaments to allow participants to gain these valuable points. These will then be transferred in to a National Rankings League Table for both men and women participants. In September of this year, the current leaders of the National Rankings will win an all expenses paid trip to New York, America to represent the United Kingdom in the US FootGolf Open 2014.


Each event has a maximum of 100 participants, so places are limited, and players of any age, and gender are invited to come along and participate, should they wish to try and progress in the sport.

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Eaton Golf Club presented a cheque for £7,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK at the club’s AGM

Club Captain Trevor Seadon and Ladies’ Captain Christine Wright handed over the cheque at the club’s AGM, at the end of their year of office, during which club members had raised the funds at special events and raffles. Activities included a Captain’s Charity Day, and a grand charity Cookery Demo with Galton Blackiston. In her speech, Christine Wright said the captains were enormously grateful for all the generous support given by so many members and guests at the club for such a good cause. The donation was accepted by Amy Byrne and Laura Pearson, community fund-raising officers for Alzheimer’s Research UK based in Cambridge. Amy said: “This magnificent sum will pay for the equivalent of 350 hours of world-class research into Alzheimer’s disease. Our work depends very much on the generosity of the public, and we feel we are making real progress towards finding a cure for dementia.”

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Doug Gilchrist, Weston Park Golf Club

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Eaton’s new club Captain drove in before an excited audience! Chris Cooper CBE was joined on the tee by Ladies’ Captain Valerie Wyatt, Vets’ Captain Tony Innes and Junior Captain Nick Sperrin. The day saw a great turn-out of members for a drive-in, which took the form of a Texas Scramble, followed by a happy hour and prize-giving. At the awards ceremony, Cooper said he was proud to represent such a vibrant and friendly club, and he looked forward to meeting as many members as possible during his year, both old and new.

Dereham Golf Club Juniors

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Mike Devlin, Acacia House, The Street, Tibenham. Norfolk. NR16 1QA Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf club 01379 674516

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Richard Betts, Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club 01603 720957 email: County Captain Iain Yule, ings Lynn Golf Club

2nd Team Captain Kevin Webb, Costessey Park Golf Club

Dereham juniors were back in the swing of things when they attended with parents and grandparents to the pre-season evening. Seniors Captain Junior committee chairman, Derek Kevern, introduced Club Terry Norman, Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club, dignitaries and committee members to those present and then went on to tell everyone the format of the evening. Match organiser Peter Brightwell talked to the juniors about their Seniors Administrator teams for the K K Smith County Knockout and the Bass League. Malcolm Carr of Sheringham Golf Club Junior organiser Jane Bizley gave an overview of all the competitions coming up in 2014, along with County events in which Junior Secretary - Norman Blanch, many could participate. Club professional Duncan Abbott talked 10, Hillside Crescent, Wicklewood, Norwich. NR18 9QD Tel; 01953 604394 about the coaching sessions which he hoped all juniors, at whatever level, would make good use of. A short DVD put together by junior captain Liam Sewell was played, Team Managers: Andrew Cullington 01603 898311 containing golf funnies and some very clever trick shots, by the likes of Ian Poulter and others. The fun continued with a game of Gary Davis 01603 610006 heads & tails which saw Vinnie Rix win £20 with the remainder going to junior funds. Preston Jones To finish the evening the juniors were split into three groups depending on their golfing ability. With prizes for all levels, the Team Managers (Juniors): Andrew Cullington handicap quiz was won by Sam Naughnane, the non-handicap quiz 01603 898311 jointly won by Patrick Rimmer & Vinnie Rix and Sean Ballingall & Tom Moss-Hobbs and the coaching squad quiz by Abby Redwood Tarro Giannesi and Ruby Needs. Presentations were made by President Peter 07903 805807 Lilwall and PGA Secretary - John Paling Captain Mel ‘Squirrels Reach’, Folgate Lane, Parker. Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5EF Tel: Dereham juniors 01603 741301 begin their Norfolk Schools - Margo Horsburgh playing season 5 Bishops Croft, Barningham, Bury St with the Valentine Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 1BZ 01359 221281 Trophies, whilst junior coaching Girls Organiser - Carol Delf sessions Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club continue twice Back - President Peter Lilwall, Patrick Rimmer, weekly. Captain Mel Parker, Sean Ballingall. Front – Vinnie Rix & Tom Moss-Hobbs



The members of Royal Norwich Golf Club voted in favour of relocating to Weston Park, subject to satisfactory planning consents being obtained at both the Hellesdon and Weston Park sites.

Royal Norwich Golf Club members attended a meeting at Hellesdon High School in Norwich, where they were given a two hour presentation detailing the Club’s vision, background and reasons for the move. Members also heard from Bob Williams, CEO of the Golf Club Managers Association about the wider golf market and the unique opportunity the move presented for Royal Norwich Golf Club and from Ross McMurray of European Golf Design (EGD) who will be responsible for the revised course design. EGD is jointly owned by IMG and the European Tour and has designed award winning golf courses around the world including the 2010 Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor and The Marquess Course at Woburn. The vote in favour of the relocation to Weston Park was passed by a majority of 81%.

If the satisfactory planning consents are achieved, there is likely to be a transition and development period of about three years prior to final relocation. Royal Norwich Golf Club will invest a substantial sum in creating an outstanding course and club-house, together with other onsite instalations, to help ensure benchmark facilities worthy of national acclaim.

both clubs and enable Weston Park to be transformed into Norfolk’s premier golf club, a worthy new home for the Royal Norwich"

Also Andrew Fuller, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said "We are delighted that the members of RNGC have voted in favour of the relocation proposals and have accepted Persimmons offer to partner the Club through this process. We will now be appointing various consultants to work on both elements of the project to deliver new homes on the current course and in the design and expansion of the facilities at Weston Park. This will equally involve engagement with the local community as matters progress, the hope being that appropriate planning applications will be submitted as soon as possible". Detailed contracts will now be agreed and exchanged following which detailed development plans will be drawn up for the planning applications. Subject to planning permissions being granted, the new course and facilities at Weston Park could be opened by late 2017. For any information please contact Phil Grice, General Manager, Tel: 07535 476966.

John Burton (left) of Middleton Hall Golf Club,,,,, recently scored his first hole in one after nearly 50 years of playing golf. He used his hybrid to ace the Par 3, 158 yard 5th hole at the Boston West course. The remarkable Adrian Myhill, Captain of Royal Norwich Golf Club said “I was extremely pleased to get a strong event was witnessed mandate from the members for the relocation of by his Royal Norwich to Weston Park. We're now looking forward to the hard work developing the playing partner and detailed plans for planning permission”. Middleton Martin Goymour, Managing Director of Goymour Hall Seniors Properties, the owners of Weston Park, said "I am Captain, pleased for Royal Norwich members in that they John have reached another important milestone towards Burdett their goal of moving to Weston Park. The (right). project, upon completion, will benefit members at

Double Captaincy for Jessica Congratulations to Jessica Dixon of Thetford Golf Club who is the Norfolk County Junior Girls Captain for 2014 and also Thetford Junior Captain. Her first duty at Thetford was the Captains ‘Drive In’ on News Years Day, following Club Captain Brian Chadwick and Ladies Captain Elizabeth Robinson down the 14th Fairway. Jessica has a full year of golfing commitments ahead. Her first will be the British Colleges National Competition at Bath Golf Club in early April. Jessica who was Ladies Champion at Thetford in 2012 and 2013 will be representing the Ladies County I and Junior County Teams, Thetford Ladies and Thetford Junior Section throughout the Year. She has been working very hard on all aspects of her game over the Winter with her Professional Coach Paul Simpson from Caddington Golf Club in Bedfordshire. Jessica, her friends and family are all looking forward to a successful golfing year.

New Captains for 2014

New captains of the Links Country Park drove off at the start of their year in office. Irving Newtons chosen charity for the year will be The Lord’s Taverners who help disabled and disadvantaged children to take part in sporting activities. Members donated to this first fundraiser by marking out where they thought each captain’s drive would end up from the 1st tee. A 9 hole stableford followed, each member drawn to play for one of the Captains - the winners were Seniors Captain, Ian, with 134 pts, then Ladies Captain, Liz with 124 pts, while Club Captain, Irving’s team could only manage 121pts. Pictured (l to r) Ian Kidger, Liz Hewett, Irving Newton

Hole In One

Jane Gomm (right) was playing in a Ladies Colourball event when she aced the 16th, 116yard Par 3, at The Links Country Park. Jane only took up golf at the beginning of the summer last year and has already reduced her handicap to 30.


Dereham Golf Club social committee organised a quiz night hosted by Chairman Stuart Bizley. With 10 rounds of questions plus a picture round, there was something for everyone. Eight teams participated filling the room with plenty of banter between them. Out of a possible score of 150 Captain (Mel Parker) Bertorelli’s team, came third with 98 points, the Twits scored 107 points with the Speckled Hens taking top spot with 1141/2 points. The winners and runners up each received Easter eggs and bottles of wine kindly donated by Vice Captain Nigel Elmar. Dereham Ladies Captain Sandra Haw held her away day at Mundesley Golf Club where sixteen ladies played an individual Stableford. Whilst the scores were not great the ladies enjoyed a good day’s golf followed by an excellent two-course meal and coffee. The Ladies Captain gave three prizes; 3rd place Kathy Duffield 26 points, 2nd place Heather Clements 27 points and the winner Sheila Brightwell 28 points.

Ladies Captain Sandra Haw & winner Sheila Brightwell


NORFOLK COUNTY GOLF UNION NEWS by Mike Devlin - Hon Secretary

The series of meetings and administration activities for the coming season is almost over, culminating in the County Union AGM which is scheduled to be held at Royal Norwich Golf Club in April, leaving us to hope all the 'i's' are crossed and the 't's' are dotted so we can get along and enjoy this wonderful game.

The first NCGU event of 2014 is the Match-Play Championship to he hosted this year at Swaffham Golf Club. Sixteen players from the top of the Order of Merit will compete over two days for the title of Match Play Champion. The first round will reduce the field to eight going forward to the second round, with four going through to the third round on the Sunday morning resulting in the remaining two players battling in out in the final round on Sunday afternoon. Defending Champion Jack Yule of Middleton Hall will be in the field endeavouring to repeat his performance of last year, although this year, some very stiff opposition awaits. The competitors are: Jack Yule, Luke Johnson, Kit Holmes, Paul Savage, Kevin Webb, Iain Yule, Jason Wysoczanski, Harry Brister, Chris Hills, Matthew Bacon, Tom Clements, Bruce McQuade, Mark Williamson, James Ollington, Steve Tidy and Richard Wilson. This will be closely followed by the County Foursomes Championship on at King's Lynn Golf Club. Yet another super Championship is anticipated with players pitting their skills against a truly first class course with a first class field.

The County Under 14 Juniors have enjoyed a preseason match against the County Seniors, held at Sheringham Golf Club in a less than desirable weather front. The match however was played in very good spirits with the Seniors just shading the match. Modesty forbids disclosing the score line but the County Seniors' Captain, I am sure will have taken note of those that didn't quite manage a point. All enjoyed a post match meal sponsored by the County Senior Team players.


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Further sessions are scheduled with Paul Ashwell, another England Coach, to supplement the fantastic work being undertaken by Professional Coaches, Ryan Pudney, Mike Few and Tony Varney. The Junior Squads are responding well to these initiatives and enthusiasm abounds.

New Manager at King's Lynn

Richard Jessop has been appointed as Manager at King's Lynn Golf Club. Richard will succeed Matthew Bowman who had served the Club for many years. Richard was the General Manager of Tiverton Golf Club in Devon for some 12 years before relocating to Norfolk. During his tenure he served on the NGCAA Executive committee for 7 years and was Captain of the South West Golf Club Managers Association in 2011. I am sure Richard will find King's Lynn a delight to be associated with and we wish him good fortune.

Changes at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club

Mark Sumner has been appointed as Golf Services Manager at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club. Well known in the area, Mark has opened his 'Aladdin's Cave' at the Club and the footfall has been very brisk. Not only does Mark offer a superbly stocked shop but with the teaching assistance of professional golfers Alex Holmes and Ian Ellis he delivers the complete package.

The Club further enhanced it's reputation by opening a conference suite on the site offering all the services one would expect from such an initiative.

Changes ahead for Royal Norwich Golf Club & Weston Park Golf Club

Everyone has heard the rumours of relocation and amalgamation and now seen the printed version in County Junior Coaching is already underway with a the local press. Very exciting times ahead indeed. It session hosted by Bob Wood, an England Golf is not for me to speculate but I am sure with the appointee, providing a full day of physical activities quality of the management teams in place, the to engage the young players in the need for prospect of good things to come must be mouthcontinuous dedication to fitness for the season watering. ahead. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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Thaxton Cup & All Prize Day

The first cup competition of the year at Kings Lynn Golf Club, was held with 64 ladies taking part. After a difficult start with frost and bright sunshine the weather turned out good. The competition, as always was keen, with Rosie Russell coming in with an excellent score of 38 points to win the Thaxton Cup. All the ladies brought a prize, so returned to collect one each, and to see the Ladies Captain, Pam Sillis, presented the cup to the winner. Left: Ladies Captain Pam Sillis and Rosie Russell


The Captains' held their first competition after the drive in, which was a greensomes foursomes with a shot gun start. With a full compliment of players they all set out on a crisp dry morning After play the competitors enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse followed by the prize presentation in which the Captain announced the winners and the Ladies Captain presented the prizes. Winners: 1st Paul Savage and Mark Coleman 44ptsocb, 2. Richard Brown and Bob Murray 44pts 3. Mark & Theresa Allen 42pts.

Photo; left to right Mark Coleman, Paul Savage, Richard Brown, Dennis Barter, Captain, Pam Sillis, Ladies Captain, Bob Murray, Theresa Allen and Mark Allen



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Thetford N.P.G.A. Pro Am

It was a change of timing for our latest ProAm at Thetford, normally we play this course in December but for today the weather was “spring like” and the greens very fast. The greens challenged most of the golfers but a regular winner came in with the best score of one over par 73 and the only change is that Ian Ellis is now attached to Caister & Great Yarmouth Golf Club. Almost catching Ian was Mark Allen (Eaton), one shot behind on 74 and the team event was a marvellous win for the team of Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Golf Centre) who came in on nine under par 135. Ian Ellis Mark Allen Alex Beckett Matthew Gardner Michael Few Mike Jubb Jason Groat Ryan Pudney Mark Spooner


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COMMITTEE MEMBERS Chairman: Mike Jubb; Norfolk PGA Representative: Michael Few; Captain: Ryan Pudney; Vice Captain: Neil Lythgoe; Committee: Alan Hemsley, Lee Patterson Nearest the pin was Darryl Hazlehurst-Jeavons and longest drive was Philip Hall. Team. 1st 135. Tim Lond-Caulke with Wendy Airey, Barry Day & Ross Bailey. 140. Ian Ellis with Randy Reynolds, Brad Smith & Thain Hacon. 143. Sam Cubitt (DeVere Dunston with Simon Stevens, John Rix & Tony Cowan. 142. Mark Spooner with Richard Hatch, John Anderton & Stuart Meale. Professionals. 1st 73 Ian Ellis. 74 Mark Allen. 76 Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) 78 Mike Jubb (Sheringham).

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Ladies at Middleton Hall Golf Club played a 'fun' competition off the men's yellow tees. The winning team, with a combined score of 88 points, was Marie Brewer, Angela Kiddell and Judith O' Brien.

Middleton Hall Golf Club lady captain, Mary Hawkes, presents Marie Brewer with the Valentine Cup, awarded for the best Running Stableford score.

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The retiring King's Lynn Golf Club Captain, Mike Sackree, and retiring Ladies Captain, Anne Lawman raised £8,859.80 for their joint charity Motor Neurone Disease Association, which helps local people suffering with the fatal progressive disease.


The 125th Annual General Meeting took place, with the outgoing Captain, Terry Hegarty, thanking members for their support during his year, which he very much enjoyed. He was presented with a tankard by the incoming Captain, Chris Baynes, who won the recent February Medal. Those elected were:

Jane Lewis, the Chair of the King's Lynn Fund Raising committee of MND, thanked Mike and Anne for David Palmer - President choosing the charity, which enables them to continue Christ Baynes - Captain to provide equipment and financial support for patients Guy Stratton - Vice Captain and carers, to improve their quality of life. The AGM for the Left to right: Anne Lawman, Jane Lewis and Mike Sackree. Ladies section elected: Rennie Dennis President Brenda Townsend Captain Sue Turner Vice Captain Sue Irons - Secretary Right: Chris Baynes and Brenda Townsend




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Tel. Secretary Graham Cocker on 01328 855678 • Fakenham Golf Club • Hempton Road • Fakenham • Norfolk • NR21 7NY


Heacham Manor Hotel and Golf Club opens new golfers bar and changing rooms Heacham Manor are pleased to announce that the new Avocet Golf Bar is now open and providing a warm welcome for all golfers, their guests and hotel visitors. The new Avocet Golf Bar is open daily from April 5th throughout the summer serving light snacks and refreshments for golfers to relax after playing. With a number of comfy chairs and sofas and a big screen TV showing live sport, guests will be able to enjoy much more than just the golf when visiting Heacham Manor. The new modern changing room facilities for gentlemen and ladies are also available 7 days a week for members and guests alike. The Avocet Golfer Bar is set in the Avocet Barn in the grounds of Heacham Manor. This is also the venue for the Mulberry Retreat which offers a wide range of beauty treatments, deep tissue massages along with alternative therapies providing holistic experiences for ladies and gentlemen. The golf course at Heacham Manor is maturing well. Since the appointment of Trevor Dennis as Head Green keeper last September, the condition and attention to detail has been superb with the greens gaining a reputation as some of

the best in the area. Heacham Manor’s membership season runs from 1st May 2014 to 30th April 2015 with full membership from £626, however anyone joining early will receive April included for free. Heacham Manor also offers a discounted rate for playing four balls and twilight golf. The Hotel itself offers superb golf breaks from just £84 per person and the North West Norfolk Golf Tour offers two nights dinner, bed and breakfast with golf at Heacham Manor Hunstanton and King’s Lynn Golf Courses. Contact Heacham Manor on 01485 536 030 or for more information.

March april 2014 for web  
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