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WOODHEAD CALLS TIME ON GOLDEN DECADE AT NEWTON GREEN A golf coach who has brought unprecedented success for young players at his club is standing down. The junior section of Newton Green Golf Club is the envy of many, thanks to the inspirational leadership of single handicap golfer Ian Woodhead. After spending a decade which has seen youngsters obtain national recognition, he is handing over to a reconstructed junior committee headed by the club’s professional Tim Cooper. Paying tribute to Woodhead, club retiring chairman, Paddy Lockwood, who will be part of the new junior management set-up, said: “Ian has taken junior golf at Newton to levels never previously dreamed of. We are

fortunate he gave us 18 months to prepare for his departure, which is typical of the leadership skills he has shown.” Woodhead will continue managing junior golf with Suffolk, and again captain Newton’s senior sides in the county Stearn and Hambro competitions – teams which increasingly feature young, single handicap players he has brought through the club. Previously captain of the club in its 2007 centenary year, Woodhead commented: “In addition to seeing the many special achievements of our young golfers, I have enjoyed all aspects involving coaching, matches and competitions. To see all the youngsters improving and enjoying the game has been reward enough for all the hours I have put in.” During his tenure he has seen the club introduce an annual junior open, which has become the biggest in Suffolk, and launch and host the inter club Aldous Trophy. On the individual front, Ryan Talbot and Adam Woodhead have represented Suffolk men while still juniors, and still-at-school Eloise Aldous and Alice Barlow, have represented the county ladies, as well as being part of the England Girls’ training squad. Woodhouse predicts both girls will be down to scratch handicaps by the time they are 18, with Barlow having already won the Suffolk Championship. *Newton’s chances in county team competitions this summer have been enhanced by the news that Talbot, who plays off plus one, has returned to the club from the previously successful Hintlesham team. 3

Suffolk Golf Union WELCOME FROM RON KENT 8am on March 20th and the copy deadline is midnight tonight! Having spent a week away in the sunnier climes of Southern Spain, I find myself staring, yet again, at a blank screen and an empty folder, although our regular rules contributor, Michael Thomas and one or two enthusiasts from the clubs have, at least, given me some hope of getting someone near the cut-off which hangs, like the sword of Damocles, over my head!. I usually refer to the weather in this opening piece and, as usual, it almost certainly will have changed dramatically by the time the magazine reaches the clubs. Suffice it to say, therefore, that outside right now it is overcast with a temperature of 2ºC, some 16º to 20º lower than in Javea last week. With the forecast threatening the return of snow this coming weekend, I will refrain for further comment except to say that the crocuses seem to be in full flower and daffodils are either in bud or breaking open to welcome the first day of spring! Whilst in Spain it would have been nice to have visited Peter Ballingall, a regular contributor to this magazine and whose articles I look forward to immensely. The last time I saw Peter was at Barnham Broom, many, many moons ago. Unfortunately, even on a straight line basis, El Rompido is some 350 miles west of Javea, our base in Spain, so a visit was out of the question. Being budget day today, we await to hear what our financial state is, although I think we are aware it is uncharitable to say the least. Similarly, with the managers of several clubs anxiously waiting for envelopes containing subscription renewals around this time of year, the financial position of clubs will also start to emerge. On neither count, is there likely to be too much to cheer about so, but for those of you still participating, it is a case of grin and bare it, dust down your clubs and….

... Enjoy your golf

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: Jon Marks (Woodbridge) Tel: 01394 384232; Honorary Secretary: Charlie Wilderspin (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 588028 Treasurer: Geoff Henney (Woodbridge) Tel: 01728 685525 Executive Committee: Ray Baines (Felixstowe Ferry) Tel: 01394 276076; Bill Darling (Stowmarket) Tel: 01449 615854; Alan Eriera (Beccles); Colin Firmin (Ipswich) Tel: 01206 298742; Phil Platten (Woodbridge) Tel: 01394461246; Tony Tyrrell (Fynn Valley) Tel: 01473 785463 Other positions: Chairman Suffolk Junior Golf: Mike Stevenson (Thorpeness) Tel: 01502 569765; Team Captains: 1st Team: Mike Rees (Rookery Park) Tel: 01502 568941 2nd Team: Andrew Collett (Bury St Edmunds)Tel: 07919 250396; Seniors: John Cullum (Bury St Edmunds) Tel: 01284 735614; Seniors Manager: 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; Chairman Suffolk County Golf Partnership: Colin Firmin Tel: 01206 298742; Ecology Officer: Michael Thomas (Ipswich) Tel: 01394 283973.

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President’s Notebook Ron Kent reflects on a few more issues

However, I am pleased to declare that the book, the cover of which is shown here, has proved extremely helpful and sympathetically written for dummies like me. I recommend it to anyone like myself who, without its invaluable help, might otherwise be driven to seek the assistance of a skilled divorce lawyer and fast.

Apart from one or two Committee meetings, there has been very little of note happening at County level at this time of the year and my notebook has mostly lain dormant at the back of the drawer. However, with my wife’s bridge partner having left the area at somewhat short notice, it soon became frighteningly clear that I would be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the card-playing scene. I say dragged kicking and screaming because I am a poor card player, no doubt due to the fact that during my limited spare time, I am quite a lazy person, my wife Jean habitually expressing it in very much stronger terms! I eschew trying to do things about which I haven’t got the faintest idea or skill (although some of my former golfing pals would probably say it never stopped me venturing on to the golf links) and I am always very nervous about getting involved in any competitive situation which is almost certain to lead to serious discord in the family home. However, having been threatened with the withdrawal of all home comforts, like food, and thrown, mercilessly, in at the deep end two weeks ago, that is the situation in which I now find myself at risk with bridge. I have to say I thought the rules of golf were bad enough but my brief experience of bridge formalities indicates to me that they are as nothing compared with the rules and conventions which apply to this particular jeu de cartes. My time would have been better spent, and certainly more productively, by attending evening classes in Swahili at the local college.

Maybe because of the brief holiday we took recently, some inclement weather for travelling or, more likely, my inveterate idleness to which I confessed earlier, I have not been able to include the Know Your Pro item in this issue but it has proved an interesting item to research and I hope to tell you some more things you never knew about your club professional in future issues. The attempt to draw up the 18 perceived best holes in Inevitably, and as with my early stages playing golf, Suffolk has proved less fruitful, with two responses I was duly presented with several text books and a so far from readers at large and several of the pros number of flipper charts and told, on this occasion picking the same hole. It’s time to abandon that and in no uncertain terms, to get a grip fast little project I feel and devise something else with otherwise further humiliations, as we experienced which to fill these hallowed pages. at my opening innocent exposure to the game, were sure to follow. NEXT ISSUE - MAY/JUNE Once I have attended to my other tasks, I will endeavour to understand what is meant by balanced, semi-balanced and unbalanced hands, HCPs, stayman, blackwood, length points, MUD, etc, etc. I have also read about dummy and, maybe, it is high time for me to throw mine out of the pram.

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Junior News Ron Kent takes a look back at 2012 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. The Chairman of Suffolk Junior Golf, Mike Stevenson, has the solid support of an enthusiastic team of managers and helpers and our child protection is in the capable and professional hands of Stuart McCallum.

Bloomfield, Jack Phillips and Jasper Johnson. The matchplay competitions saw Fynn Valley winning the Club Team Championship, going on to Woodhall Spa for the National Junior Club Team Championship where they just missed winning overall on countback. Felixstowe Ferry won the Handicap Shield competition and came second in the Regional Final of the Home Nations Championship, finishing second one shot behind the winners at West Essex.

And Mike Stevenson looks at some recent activities All 3 groups came together on Sunday 10th March on a very chilly day at Aldeburgh and the skills awards, for which points are won across all 6 coaching sessions, were presented by Head Coach Keith Preston. Winner of Group 1 was Lewis Staff, Group 2 was George Copsey and Winner of Group 3 was Lewis Hague. The Reiss Trophy, awarded annually to an under 18 for his overall performance, was won by Chris Vince. Peter Watson made the presentation.

Lewis Hague, George Copsey and Lewis Staff

Results-wise, the Junior Championship was won by Chris Vince (Haverhill) who just edged out Jack Forgan by 1 shot.

The Sam Jaggard Trophy, a new award this year in remembrance of Sam and donated by the Association of Suffolk Golf Captains, will be awarded to the overall performer in the under 16s every year as selected by the The resulting matchplay was a pleasure to watch with a Age Group’s Manager. The inaugural award went to wonderful attitude displayed by the sixteen boys competing. Played over two days, the winner was Jasper Matt Mann and was presented by Sam’s mother, Chris Lea Johnson who beat Kyle Proctor in the final at Newton Green. We have now started recruiting for our under 12s new group. An assessment was held by John Morecombe, the Harry Burman and Jordan Bloomfield won the Junior Foursomes Championship at Felixstowe and Robert Salter under 12s Manager, assisted by Dave Ashcroft, and the selection was made by Professional Stuart Robertson. was the eventual winner of the Junior Order of Merit. The juniors were not to be outshone by the successes of the Men’s and Seniors teams this year and duly went to Boston West to contest the final of the Anglian League Shield against Lincolnshire. The match was another tense affair and it needed an old head on the young shoulders of Jordan Bloomfield to win the last game on the course at the 18th hole and win the match. The team comprised Max Hambling (Captain), George Copsey, Kyle Proctor, Jack Forgan, Paul Waring, Jordan 6

The ages we are aiming for are 7 to 10 years and we would ask clubs and professionals to nominate players and get in touch with any of the officials of this group. Matches for all age groups will start soon, and our first match for the under 18s and under 16s is against Essex at Felixstowe Ferry on the 4th April. We are looking forward to the playing season very much.

Chair, Suffolk Junior Golf

Lee Trevino – one of the greatest? You would have to have been interested in golf as far back as the 1970s to remember Lee Trevino at his best. Born in Dallas, Texas to Mexican parentage in 1939, Lee had a tough upbringing, never knowing his father who left the family early on. He was brought up by his mother and grandfather and, at the age of five, went to work in the cotton fields. An uncle gave Lee some old golf balls and a club and Lee would sneak on to the golf course to develop his game. He then started caddying and, after work, he would hit 300 golf balls every day in practice. At the age of 17, he joined the US Marine Corps and served for the next four years. During that time he got to play with some of the officers, claiming it helped him to rise to the dizzy height of Lance Corporal! On discharge from the Marines, he became a club professional at El Paso, entering the USPGA Tour in 1967. In his first year, he finished second to Jack Nicklaus in the US Open and was voted Rookie of the Year. In 1968, he reversed the placings beating the Nicklaus into second place. His playing career was to prove highly successful, winning 89 professional Championships including 6 majors. Effusive and ebullient on the course, Trevino left his mark on golf here , winning the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1971 and successfully defending it a year later at Muirfield. He represented his country in the Ryder Cup on six occasions, his record being 17 wins and 7 halves of the 30 games played. His swing was far from classical, the plane being out to in, from an open stance, using a strong grip. But his record proves it was highly effective and one reporter claimed the only time Lee left the fairway was to answer the phone! He claimed never to have had a coach or instructor, famously claiming he hadn’t yet meet one he couldn’t beat!. He was an icon for Mexican Americans, usually referred to as The Merry Mex or, as his career burgeoned, Supermex. Trevino was a great one for a joke on course and once, during a tournament, threw a rubber snake at

Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear being greatly amused by the prank. Trevino was never short of a quote, perhaps the most famous being after he had been struck by lightning (the first of two occasions). The reporter asked what he would do next time there was lightning about on the course. He said he would take out a 1-iron and hold it up in the air – “not even God can hit a 1-iron”. The story goes that he did just that a week later, having stayed on course to entertain spectators – he got hit again and claimed “God could hit a 1-iron after all”. His career continued successfully on the Champions Tour as he became somewhat self-effacing in later years, a famous quote being “The older I get, the better I used to be”. Lee Trevino - maybe not the greatest but still a great player, immensely popular with the large gallery which followed him around the course.

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club Founded 1893

Regularly featuring in Golf Monthly's top 100 course rankings for Britain and Ireland

“The finest nine-hole course in this Country”. “A classic nine-hole course”. “One of the finest nine-hole courses in existence” are just some of the many tributes that have been paid to Royal Worlington Golf Club. For a unique Clubhouse atmosphere, a relaxed round of golf, on a course with large, firm, contoured greens, excellent fairways that drain well all year round contact the Secretary at or by telephoning him on 01638 717787 County Card visitors are accepted as are 3 and 4 balls (at certain times), all visits must be arranged in advance. 7

Suffolk Golf during World War 2 Golf clubs throughout East Anglia and Eastern England generally were perhaps harsher victims of World War II than other counties although, of course, German bombers penetrated further into the country than just the Eastern Counties. Throughout the country, some courses were converted to the production of food as shipping movements across the Atlantic were endangered and supplies of imported food were reduced as a result. Some courses were never restored to their pre-war purpose and were lost to golf forever. Another effect for the east coast was the rapid developments of airfields affording British planes greater proximity for our own bomber raids into Germany. Perhaps, here in Suffolk, one of the most significant effects was the closure of some courses completely as they were considered prime invasion targets for the enemy. It is as well to bear in mind that, at the time of the war, there were only 18 courses in existence in the County, the remaining 14 making up the Suffolk Golf Union as it is today opening much later during the golf boom in the 60s and 70s. Researching some of the club histories generally tends to reveal severe financial difficulties for most clubs during and immediately after the war, as membership inevitably declined as a result of the call-up and the difficulty of travelling to and from the clubs due to fuel shortage and other restrictions prevailed. Michael Wood’s informative history of Thorpeness Golf Club tells how the clubhouse became a military hospital and barriers constructed on the course to prevent the ingress of invading aircraft. Golf ceased to be played. Anti- aircraft was also positioned on the course and tank training was carried out in the rough. Throughout this disruption, the Ogilvie Estate workers continued to maintain as many greens as they could and, as a result, the course was re-opened for play as early as 1946. Bordering the sea as it was, the Felixstowe Ferry course, named Felixstowe then, was regarded as a prime invasion target for the enemy. Many pill boxes and gun emplacements appeared and barbed wire was everywhere. The clubhouse was taken over to billet troops and access was denied to civilians.

1948 with an opening subscription of 2 guineas for gentlemen and 11/2 guineas for ladies. I have no history of Aldeburgh but in that excellent book The Centurions of Golf by Mike Burners Price there is a brief reference to Lady Yoey Edddis, six times Ladies County Champion, who is reported as distributing gas masks to the villagers when not playing a match! The course was closed during the war with obstacles to prevent aircraft landing there. Curiously, it is stated that German prisoners of war were used to re-instate the course when hostilities ended. Other courses, including those inland, were used for military purposes or food production and perhaps we can write more about them in a future issue. County activities were, of course, restricted and records show no Championships being held for the duration of the war.

County Team News Ron Kent looks back on 2012 and a few items ahead as the season gets under way Probably the most memorable performance by a Suffolk team ever was to win the South East Group Qualifier at Crowborough Beacon in July, Suffolk being the best scoring team when torrential rain brought the competition to a premature close. With some of the team unavailable, a changed squad made its first ever appearance in the English County Finals at Beau Desert at the end of September and against strong opposition finished a creditable third. The team consisted of Patrick Spraggs, Chris Soanes, Nathan Overton, Jack Cardy, Josh Cottrell, Chris Vince and Ben Wallis. Three of the team winning at Crowborough, Sam Forgan, Phil Westley and Alastair Hall, were unavailable for Beau Desert. Our Anglian League campaign was disappointing, the first team finishing fourth of the six clubs and the second team fifth. Once again, foursomes, the bedrock of inter-County golf, were not our strong point.

However, the season came to an exciting close with wins for both teams against Lincolnshire, As a result, there was little sign of the fine golf Lincolnshire finishing as winners of the First team course which existed before the war but by competition. perseverance, the club was up and running again by Mike Rees and Andy Collect did sterling work as 8

The team at Beau Desert

Captains of the first and second team respectively and the County is indeed fortunate that both have made themselves available to continue in office in 2013. Looking ahead, after some coaching sessions organised by Mike Rees, the Men do battle with the Ladies at Royal Worlington and Newmarket on Sunday 24th March, follow up with more foursomes against the Suffolk PGA at Rushmere on 21st April, open their Anglian League campaign against

Lincolnshire at Aldeburgh on 12th May (the second team playing Lincolnshire away at the quaintly named Waltham Windmill ) and then all roads lead (although not that straight) to Seacroft for the Eastern Inter Counties Foursomes – always a challenging event, both on the course and off it, Suffolk usually sharing The Vine Hotel with Norfolk, giving rise to much good-natured rivalry. Hope to see you at some of the forthcoming matches. The team will appreciate your support.


Around the County by Ron Kent

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Always nice to get news from the clubs and to know that, in spite of the weather, there is still plenty of social activity among members. We start with Stowmarket’s recent Burns Night celebration, reported by Ron Woodham, Captain of Stowmarket. Piping in the haggis

The haggis was expertly piped in by Master Bill Campbell, having been carried in by chef Darren Given, suitably attired! Master Alex Brown commenced the meal by offering the Selkirk grace and Master Bill, in full dialect addressed the Haggis wielding his sgian dubh. Club President John Chappell made the toast to the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge. Master Lawrie Reekie delivered The Immortal memory of Burns and Captain Ron Woodham proposed the toast to the Lassies to which Ladies Captain Joy Wood responded with good natured comments aimed at the men. An amazing recital of Burn’s poem Tam O’Shanter was made by guest Vic Blackwood, resplendent in Kilt and fun tartan hat. The Captain closed proceedings, thanking everyone, including steward for the evening Chris White, for another truly memorable evening and led the members in Auld Lang Syne.

* * * Thorpeness member Vivienne Cullen reported on another very successful trip to Portugal undertaken by the group in February. They stayed for two weeks at the new Vila Gale Hotel in Lagos, meeting up with old friends from Holland, Belgium, Poland and even Japan. They played a number of courses including Vivienne’s favourite, Penina. Expert clinics were taken by Keith Robson. Some indulged in tennis and a highlight was the demonstration of Portuguese cookery by renowned local chef, Pedro Mendes. The group stayed their final week at Vilamoura. Wine tasting and some excellent dinners were enjoyed by all as was some glorious sunshine, the last day’s golf at Victoria course being the hottest day of all. 10

Lots of bridge added to the enjoyment and Vivienne has an impressive list of forthcoming events, including an Autumn break at Hanbury Manor. Finally, some news from Hintlesham member, Iain Maxwell, who underwent a kidney transplant in January 2010. Spotting a newspaper item, he represented Addenbrookes Hospital at the British Transplant Games in Kent in August last year, winning a bronze medal. Iain has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa later this year and a fundraising golf day has been arranged at Hintlesham on 29th April. Iain (right) needs to raise £2000 to fund the trip and is asking for your support by joining in the April event, any money raised going to Transplant Sport UK, the charity organising the Durban event. Iain can be contacted on 01359 232703 or Donations can be made to, the money going directly to the Charity’s account.

Suffolk Golf Union Junior Committee 2012 Chairman - Mike Stevenson 485 London Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0PD Tel: 01502 569765 Mobile: 07778 576008 E-mail: Secretary - Charles Wilderspin 10A Chestnut Avenue, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, NR32 3JA Tel: 01502 588028 Mobile: 07921 102826 E-mail: Managers: Under 18s - Trevor Mason Fells Cottage, 72 Ferry Road, Felixstowe, IP11 9LU Tel: 01394 274331 E-mail: Under 16s - Tony Watkins 43 Bull Road, Foxgrove Gardens, Ipswich IP3 8GN Tel: 01473 713748 Mobile 07710 763091 E-mail: Under 16s - Ian Woodhead 29 Spire Close, Sudbury CO10 0PZ Tel: 01787 378733 Mobile: 07818 403020 E-mail: Under 14s - John Morcombe The Old Chapel, Calder Road, Melton IP12 1TP Tel: 01394 386515 Mobile: 07899 791028 E-mail: Head Coach - Keith Preston Aldeburgh Golf Club, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5PE Tel: 01728 453309 E-mail: County Child Protection Officer - Stuart McCallum Tel: 01473 782780

County Seniors - a burgeoning force in Suffolk by Ron Kent The Seniors, captained by Jon Marks, continued to make strong progress in 2012 and reached the Finals of the Southern Counties Foursomes, played at Sherborne, having won through the qualifier at Gog Magog, beating Cambridgeshire on their own track earlier in the season

and, as a senior, won the County Seniors Championship in 2007. His past foursomes successes augur well for the team’s future, having won the Suffolk Amateur Foursomes with Mike Revett in 1977 and the County Mixed Foursomes with Diane Marriott in 1986.

At Sherborne, Suffolk defeated 2011 winners Gloucestershire in their morning semi-final and were unlucky when the afternoon final against BB&O was curtailed by fog after 11 holes. At that point Suffolk were behind overall but several of the games were, at that stage, very close and could have gone either way.

Jon Marks hands over the reins, having patiently built a busy programme ahead with a squad of many very good players to call on. Notably, Jon has been a major player in County golf over many years and, as a Senior, captained England as well as our own County team. He has played a major part in getting the Seniors Anglian League up and running and I am grateful for the opportunity to thank him here for his sterling work on our behalf over so many years.


The Seniors Championship was held at Gorleston and a long time supporter of County golf, Andy Whittaker, won a deserved victory in a play off against his good friend Ron Spore. The popular matchplay competitions continued to attract most of our clubs. The winners were Woodbridge in the Parks Trophy and Ipswich in the Beaumont, both finals played at Stowmarket.

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Looking ahead, the Executive Committee was delighted to confirm John Cullum (above) as this year’s Seniors Captain, Jon Marks having decided to stand down from that role. John Cullum has been a regular County player over several years



Felixstowe Rules - OK?

of top players, and referees, in action. There’s also Padraig Harrington on etiquette, as well as USGA and R&A representatives discussing rules changes. Some 50 members at Felixstowe Ferry Golf club There are some quiz questions too – all the material gathered last month to enjoy an evening on Etiquette for running you own rules session”. and Rules. There were new-comers to the game as well as some seasoned golfers and the event was led by Robert Joyce (Professional) with Michael Thomas as his “assistant”. Michael encouraged members to always carry a Rules Booklet and by ensuring they tracked down the correct ruling when any query or incident arose, they would quickly build up a working knowledge of the main rules. The place and importance of Local Rules was also explained. The above illustration is about “Is it Out of Bounds?” Then followed a light hearted session when Robert Robert Joyce shows how to find the answer”. and Michael started out on a medal round and made Below: Michael, teeing off, wonders “Is that going not a few mistakes along the way! into a water hazard?” The evening was rounded off with showing parts of the latest R&A rules DVD. This is compelling viewing as all the examples are taken from incidents that took place in major tournaments. If your club has not got a copy of this DVD, why not ask for one to be available. The DVD illustrated shows examples



09.00 Coffee & Bacon Roll 10.00 Round of Golf - Shotgun Start Followed by 2 Course Lunch

Brave hearted players attired in orange, at Newton Green Golf Club, did not let the snow interrupt proceedings at their captain's day drive-in ceremony. It was the first time in living memory the March event had been hit by snow. Outgoing captain Dave Levelle, used a red ball to putt through half an inch of snow on the 18th green, to signify the end of his year in office. New captain Chris Williams then opened his term by sending his drive down the whiteout, first fairway. Shivering members of the club had responded to the new captain's request to attire themselves in orange, but not all were foolhardly enough to follow in his footsteps by actually swinging their own clubs. However, a good number of the entered 80 starters, ventured onto the course, although only a few hardy players survived the unpleasant conditions for a social round of golf. These did not include the new captain, who returned to the club house after a few holes. Dave Lavelle putts out with Chris Williams.

Stableford Team Event Max 4 per Team £45 per person All funds raised for Transplant Sport UK and the GB & NI Transplant Team taking part in the World Transplant Games, Durban, South Africa 28th July - 4th August 2013

Michael Suckling achieved a Hole in One at the par 3 164 yards 6th hole at Rushmere Golf Club using a 5 iron, his playing partners were Paul Sumner, Bryan Hemming and Tony Adams. Above: l to r is Tony Adams, Paul Sumner, Mike Suckling and Bryan Hemming.

Cheques totalling more than £2,000 have been presented by golfers to East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH). The ladies' section and seniors who play with the Old and Bold section at Newton Green Golf Club, have each spent the last year raising money for the hospices. A sum of £1,182 was raised by the ladies and £825 by the seniors, with the cheques received at the club by hospice representative Nikki Brown. The donations brought the sum raised by the club for charity over the last 12 months to more than £4,000.



Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association by Julie Latimer-Jones Time to get in the swing…

display. Lils James and Alice Barlow came with a late run to pinch the final point on the eighteenth green.

So far, the County First Team ‘possibles’, or probably ‘probables’ have played two of their annual practice matches against the Gentlemen of Aldeburgh and Woodbridge. Captain Laura Lowe fielded strong teams on each occasion and the ladies happily tucked two victories under their belts. The weather was bitter as the north east wind swept across Aldeburgh’s heathland, but the team was cheery and four very young players stepped up to the mark, each of them paired with a seasoned county golfer. The plan worked well and glowing faces, as they gained the warmth of the club house, was a recommendation for getting out and striding round the golf course. The ladies won by 2.5 points to 1.5. The Woodbridge match took place two weeks later and again spectating was on the cold side of chilly. This time the ladies did even better, making a clean sweep of points against their opponents, a line up of experienced golfers who took their defeat in good part. There was some impressive golf on

These matches, much appreciated by the Ladies, were inaugurated to help them improve their foursomes match play and to forge partnerships which could be called on in the Inter-county matches, this year being played at The Bedfordshire Golf Club in late June. In their next match, the ladies will play the SGU, followed by the Suffolk Professionals. Results v Aldeburgh Men: Vicki Inglis (1) & Lily Kent (3) bt Roger Taylor (2) & Ian Kitson (2) 3/2; Lils James (4) & Eloise Aldous (7) halved with Mike Olding (6) & Chris Nall (7); Liz Laflin (4) & Alice Barlow (6) lost to Peter Cooney (7) & Will Morcombe (6) 5/4; Sharon Luckman (3) & Lottie Whyman (6) bt Dick Jenkinson (5) & Robin Campion (10) 7/6. Suffolk Ladies 2.5, Aldeburgh 1.5 Results v Woodbridge Men: Vicki Inglis (1) & Lily Kent (3) bt Gary Seaman (5) and Steve Ritchall (8) 3/2; Vanessa Bell (Scr) & Liz Laflin (4) bt Gary Robinson (6) & Sam Trumen (2) 4/3; Sharon Luckman (3) & Eloise Aldous (7) bt Dom Rosser (5) & Ricky Dzierozynski (7) 2 up; Lils James (4) & Alice Barlow (6) bt Alan Scovell (6) & Mark Phipps (9) 1 up. Final Results: Ladies 4, Gentlemen 0.

Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association Current Officers: President: Mrs Pippa Beak Tel: 01449 781261; 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; Contact for Junior Golf: Mrs Judy Hamshere Tel 01284 386207; Senior Organiser: Mrs Liz Robinson, Tel: 01284 752818. Scratch Score Assessor: Mrs Sue Cook Tel 01728 688406. All other personnel may be found on the County website at LATEST GOLF NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - & YOUR LOCAL CLUBS at

Ipswich Golf Club Junior Section by Sheila Laws In spite of the bitterly cold weather, twenty six juniors played two events in the half-term and there were some excellent scores. In the Stableford "Q" on the 18 hole course Lily Kent (off 3 handicap) was the winner with 39 points, 2nd was Charlotte Gregory on 36 and 3rd Sam Byford on 35. On the 9 hole course, playing 9 holes from the white tees Ella Godbold and Morgan Brumpton both had 20 points. From the Blue tees the winner was Rory Edmond on 30 points, closely followed by his brother JJ on 27 points and Natasha Gregory on 25 points. The friendly match at Rushmere, three days later, finished on the 18th green with last match All Square, making the final result a half, 21/2 - 21/2.

Juniors annual match with Suffolk Girls 1st team The matches were singles, played off full handicap difference with two courtesy shots for the girls. There was some excellent golf and four of the matches finished on the 18th green and the result was a win to Ipswich by 51/2 to 1/2.

(Above) Ipswich team l - r : Paul Waring, Gregor Tait, Kyle Proctor, James Alcock, Arthur Patten, Henry Patten Right: Suffolk Girls : Amy Bray, Abbie Symonds, Alice Barlow, Eleanor Tindall, Melissa Schroeder, Sarah-Jane Barker




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We know you are having a rotten winter, weather-wise, because we are getting your cold winds from the east and north. Morning temperatures are around 4degsC but, thankfully, they rise to the high teens in the middle of the day and the golfers take their lunch and drinks on the terrace by the clubhouse under a warm sun. Ah, the joys of living here!!

After over 50yrs working in golf I am lacking the energy to "push hard" any longer. Today I wait for the phone to ring. The phone does, still, ring and I get the same pleasure of working with golfers in improving their game as I always did but, unlike too many others - owners of golf clubs and younger professionals out there - life is pressure-free now. All I have to do is to keep waking up in the morning!!!!

I have said it before but H. and I live in a "bubble" here, being more than a little removed from the realities that are affecting the rest of Spain.

The funny thing is that I play my best golf and speak my best Spanish in my dreams when I am asleep! Ah well, that's OK!

Golfers continue to arrive from all parts of northern Europe making Golf El Rompido busy but the "Spanish market" is dormant. The thing is that El Rompido is a holiday destination so the Spanish descend on us only during las fiestas de Navidad, Semana Santa y Verano. The thing is though that the Spanish no longer spend their money. Even those who still have much are spending less, worried as they are, about the future of the euro.

La Primavera [Springtime] is almost with us: blue skies, shirtsleeves and that orange ball up in a blue sky overhead. Life is good!

I can't really tell you what is happening politically, for we seldom watch Spanish TV, and whilst I think that my Spanish is improving "conversationally" it takes me hours to read the Spanish newspapers, reaching constantly as I have to for the dictionary! It seems that the spoken language is totally different to the written one!!!

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It is just like golf! One reaches a certain level and feels that real progress is being made - until one "hits the wall" and can go no further. There is no one else to blame, of course. After all if I might have worked harder on my own game when I was younger I would have been a better player - but I didn't! I spent my time improving my skills as a Coach and on making my Golf School business the best it could possibly be. I managed to do this. Had I forced myself to watch Spanish TV and speak the language every day, I would surely be more fluent than I am now. I must be content, however, that people tell me how good my Spanish is but I know they are just being kind. Again, just like the Professional who compliments the pupil on reducing his/her handicap further, both know they will never "play like a Pro". So I know I will never speak like a Spaniard although I can hold a good conversation and be understood. I am OK with this but I wish I weren't so lazy! There is a certain lack of dedication, of self-discipline as I reach the grand old age of 70yrs. The truth is that I am tired!

The veterans section of Fynn Valley Golf Club, is known as the Valiants and Bob Crosbie recently presented a cheque, from the Valiants' fundraising efforts during his captaincy, to the Urology department at Ipswich Hospital.

WILLIAMS AND JOHNSON SHOW THE WAY Newton Green Golf Club men's captain Chris Willaims and vice captain Andrew Johnson made a flying start to their year in office by winning the foursomes competition held at Waldringfield Golf Club in association with the annual meeting of the Suffolk Golf Union. They scored 41 points, two more than their nearest rivals. 17



PGA Professional, Rushmere Golf Club 01473 728076 We recently covered an area of the game with Stuart which many golfers have issues with. This area of the game is the bunker shot, which I have seen turn the most proficient of players into jelly, but with learning the key elements of the shot at an early stage, can be one of the easiest to play. Most people are aware that the bunker shot involves hitting the sand behind the ball and the ball floats out on a cushion of sand, but find the reality of making this happen very difficult.

Stuart, 29, from Felixstowe is like many newer golfers, who has been to the driving range and played with family and friends, but has had no formal tuition. We are going to report on our sessions and see how much my advice accelerates Stuarts progress.

outcome is either a 'duffed' shot which will travel a couple of yards or a 'thinned' shot which travels about 60 yards! The reason for this is that the set up is encouraging a steep and digging action which gives us a tiny margin for error, hit the sand too far behind the ball and it will not come out and too close, it will go miles. It is vitally important to simplify golf coaching as much as possible and if you follow the next two instructions when you set up, your bunker play will improve beyond belief, they are:

In my opinion the most important element to master is the set up to the 1. OPEN THE CLUBFACE ball, get this correct and the rest of 2. POSITION THE BALL the shot is relatively straightforward. FORWARDS IN YOUR STANCE If, however, we get this wrong it makes its This is exactly what we did with impossible to Stuart, picture 2: shows him in an get consistent excellent set up position. You can good results. see how the clubface has been The bottom 'opened' (rotated to the edge of the right for a right handed sand wedge is Pic player). This increases designed the clubs loft and allows differently to the bottom edge of the the other clubs, sand wedge to work in so it allows the the correct way. Also his player the ball position is much opportunity to further forwards in his glide the club stance, almost opposite through the the inside of his left sand, essential heel. The only other for good bunker adjustment which we play. made was to aim the feet, hips and shoulders Picture 1: slightly to the left of the shows Stuart at the beginning of our target to compensate for session in the sand. This set up is the opening of the typical of someone who had not been clubface. shown how to play from a bunker. You can clearly see the ball position The results of this set up behind centre in his stance and the change were astounding! clubface in a very 'square' position. Stuart got just about From this set up your odds of every shot out of the success are about 10 to 1, the normal bunker first time, the ball



flew out high and and landed softly. The clubs angle of attack was much shallower, taking a thin 'skim' of sand out of the bunker along with the ball, compared with the earlier thick 'chunk' of sand which may or may not have contained the ball! This change in set up and method gave Stuart an enormously bigger margin of error. All Stuart had to do was swing along the line of his feet and try to hit the sand around 3 inches behind the ball and the result would be good.



Picture 3: shows how Stuart has easily reached his nice balanced follow through position, a far cry from one where the clubhead would still Pic be buried in the sand under the ball.


This increased margin of error is the reason that tour players are very happy playing from bunkers, they know that on a greenside bunker shot they can be 2 or 3 inches out from where they intended to hit the sand and still produce an applause drawing result! Once you have practiced the 2 key set up factors Stuart and I have shown you today, I am confident your bunker play will improve.

Four local golfers went to Scotland to celebrate Kevin Bayles' 50th Birthday. Staying at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel they played the Burnside, the Old Course St Andrews and the Carnoustie Championship Course. Highlight of the week (and there were many!) took place on the 18th hole at St Andrews when Kevin shot a 270 yard + drive followed by a 9 iron to 3 feet which he then sunk for a wonderful birdie.

Kevin Bayles - Brett Vale, Brian Lorimer - Three Rivers, Shaun Warren Rushmere, David Wilson Rushmere/Woodbridge

How many people have done that on their 50th Birthday at such a prestigious course that is steeped with history. Happy Birthday Kevin - one you will never forget.

Well done Kevin! A sure sign of Spring, is the Ladies Captain’s drive in. This year a lot of fairies appeared ! St. Audry’s new Captain, right, Judy Gowen. * * * * * Further improvements have been made to the course by Head Greenkeeper Mike Eades, who has planted more of his home raised saplings, to delineate the top of the second fairway and the right of the third, which as they mature, will add more greenery to an already very attractive course. * * * * * The Seniors are starting their programme of matches with a warm up versus the ladies, followed by a sterner test at Seckford later in the month.The Spring away day this year is at Hintlesham, and good weather is very much hoped for as their last visit coincided with a gale.




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Portuguese triumph for Gorleston pair Gorleston Golf Club is celebrating after David James and James Chadd were crowned HowDidiDo National Pairs Champions last month in the Algarve. David and James had already battled through four county matchplay qualifying rounds and a regional strokeplay qualifier just to book their place in the grand final and now the prospect of maintaining the same run of form for five consecutive days over different Vilamoura courses against five other pairs of finalists, was going to be a massive test. However, as David aged 50 and James aged 35, have both been members at Gorleston since their junior days, they were well equipped to cope with this level of pressure. With David representing Club and County since the 1970’s, while James came to the fore during Gorleston’s successful Hambro Cup campaign in 1995, after gaining several years of valuable experience as John Maddock’s caddie at County matches. David, a three-handicapper and James, a four-handicapper only teamed up last April after James’ regular partner relocated to Australia, both played some immaculate golf during the finals week and despite generally having to concede shots to their opposition, recorded five consecutive victories for the championship, which received a well-deserved ovation from their fellow competitors at the post tournament

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Gala Dinner. On behalf of the pair, Gorleston Club Manager David (above left, with James) said “we both have to say a huge thank you to the Club Captain, Ladies’ Captain and Competitions Chairman, as well as all the members of the club, as the amount of good wishes before we went, and congratulations since our return from Portugal, have been absolutely phenomenal.”




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NORFOLK COUNTY GOLF UNION NCGU CONTACTS President Alan Winstanley, Sheringham Golf Club

Vice President Doug Gilchrist, Weston Park Golf Club

Imm. Past President Frank Myers, Thetford Golf Club

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

Hon. County Treasurer Richard Betts, Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club 01603 720957 email: County Captain Iain Yule, ings Lynn Golf Club 2nd Team Captain Steve Tidy, Costessey Park Golf Club Seniors Captain Tony Lount of Sheringham Golf Club Seniors Administrator Malcolm Carr of Sheringham Golf Club Email: Junior Secretary - Norman Blanch, 10, Hillside Crescent, Wicklewood, Norwich. NR18 9QD Tel; 01953 604394 Email: Junior Delegate Chris Pearson, Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club Under 12 Manager - Mark Spooner, Bawburgh Team Managers: Andrew Cullington 01603 898311 Gary Davis 01603 610006 Email: Preston Jones PGA Secretary - John Paling ‘Squirrels Reach’, Folgate Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5EF Tel: 01603 741301 Email: Norfolk Schools - Margo Horsburgh 5 Bishops Croft, Barningham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 1BZ 01359 221281 Email: Girls Organiser - Carol Delf Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club

u n o r A Hacker d & About with

I regret that there was so little comment from Hacker last issue. Due to my state of health after a particularly uncomfortable session of chemo- therapy I was unable to do anything that required effort or concentration beyond sleeping 16 hours a day opening my eyes and sitting around in a chair during the remaining 8 hours of the day. I am feeling somewhat better this month and have contributed such information as has come my way which I hope will be of interest.

County News By the time this issue is available the County Union should have held their Annual General Meeting and the new officers be in place. Alan Winstanley of Sheringham moves up to County President, Doug Gilchrist of Weston Park should have been duly elected as Vice President and Richard Betts of Great Yarmouth & Caister succeeded Peter Clarke as Honorary Treasurer. Peter Clarke who has held the post of Hon.Treasurer since 2001 has retired from this post. He remains on the Executive as Voting Member, and will remain responsible for Handicapping and Course SSS Rating, as in the past.

Norfolk Courses for Championships This will be the sixth time the English Women’s Amateur Championship has been contested over Hunstanton’s classic links. The Norfolk club first hosted the event in 1922, followed by 1956, ‘68, ‘84 and 2000 when Emma Duggleby (now Brown) of Yorkshire was the winner. The club regularly hosts top amateur events and its honours board includes women’s British championships, the Brabazon Trophy and Home Internationals. North Norfolk neighbours Sheringham and Royal Cromer will play host to around 250 of the country’s leading girl golfers competing for national titles. It will be 15 years since they played similar roles: Sheringham held the millennium English



girls’ championship - won by Sophie Walker, who now plays on the Ladies’ European Tour - while Royal Cromer was the venue for the forerunner of the English under 15 and under 13 events. Norfolk will also play host for the Boys County Championship Finals at King’s Lynn, which was the venue for the Men’s Champion Club in 2003.

various events including a Charity Golf day, quizzes, an ABBA tribute evening and various themed dinners. Eaton Golf Club are extremely proud of this achievement and wish the Norfolk Heart Trust every success in reaching a speedy conclusion to this appeal.


We are advised that Ian Ladbrooke who has been with the Club for 35 years has left taking voluntary redundancy. The Club has been restructuring their management organisation and Ian did not want to accept the post of COSTESSEY PARK PRESENTATION Golf Manager. That position has now been accepted by EVENING Andrew Gooch, formerly the Assistant Secretary at the Costessey Park held its annual presentation evening where Ian Thompson, Club Captain and Maureen Burne, Club. Ladies Captain, welcomed members to the evening and congratulated all those members who had won various events throughout the year. The evening was also an opportunity to present their respective cheques for Perfection at a price??? monies raised during the year for their chosen charities. A man walked out to the street and caught a taxi just Ian Thomson presented his cheque for £5357.31 to going by. He got into the taxi and the cabbie said, "Perfect Melinda Raker, Patron for Marie Curie and Maureen Burne presented her cheque for £1525.75. to Gary Cook timing. You're just like Brian" Passenger: "Who?" representing the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. Cabbie: "Brian Sullivan. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed EATON GOLF CLUB a cab, things happen like that to Brian every single time." Keith Cross, immediate past Captain of Eaton Golf Club, Norwich, as his last formal duty, presented a Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over cheque for £9,500 to Tony Page of the Norfolk Heart everybody." Trust's "Sparks 4 Hearts" appeal. Cabbie: "Not Brian Sullivan. He was a terrific athlete. He The appeal is to raise money for the necessary could have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf equipment to treat Abnormal, rapid heart rhythms with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced (including Atrial Fibrillations) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital instead of patients having like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy." to go to Papworth Hospital.

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Passenger: "Sounds like he was something really special." Cabbie: "There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse and the whole street blacks out. But Brian Sullivan, he could do everything right." Passenger: "Wow. Some guy then." Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Brian, he never made a mistake and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Brian Sullivan." Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?" Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Brian. He died. I'm married to his flaming widow."

A caddy's answer to a golfer's comment Number :10 Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake." Caddy: "Think you can keep your head down that long, sir?"

Caddy: "It's not a watch sir - it's a compass."

Number : 9 Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven sir, you've already moved most of the earth."

Number : 3 Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday? Caddy: "I'm afraid the way you play sir, it's a sin on any day."

Number : 8 Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?" Caddy: "Yes sir . . . . You miss the ball much closer now." Number : 7 Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?" Caddy: "Eventually, sir." Number : 6 Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world." Caddy: "I don't think so sir . . . That would be too much of a coincidence." Number : 5 Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."

Number : 4 Golfer: "How do you like my game?" Caddy: "It's very good sir - but personally, I prefer golf."

Number : 2 Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on." Caddy: "But this isn't the golf course . . .. We left that an hour ago sir." And the Number : 1 . . . . Best Caddy Comment: Golfer: "That can't be my ball, it's too old." Caddy: "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir." Bonus . . . An old favourite . . . about the Golfer who has been slicing off the tee at every hole .... He finally gives up and asks his long suffering caddy . . . Golfer: "Can you see any obvious problems . .. . ?" Caddy: "There's some rubbish on the end of your club." The Golfer picks up his club and cleans the club face . . Caddy: "No sir, it’s at the other end!"



Middleton Hall Gains Golfmark High Achiever Award Middleton Hall Golf Club has been granted the Golfmark High Achiever award, as a result of continued effort to further improve and ensure excellent facilities, for adult beginner and junior golf. Having first gained “Golfmark” in 2009 after 9 months of hard work by Chris Woolley, the Junior Organiser, the golf club were delighted to be told at the 3 year re-assessment in 2013, that they had further improved in all areas and had been awarded “Golf Mark” High Achiever level. “Golfmark” and “Clubmark” are awarded to those clubs who show a commitment to providing a safe and organised environment for adult beginners and juniors. It has met the National golf governing bodies official “quality” standard and the needs of children have been considered and addressed, with Professional staff and volunteers having CRB checks in place and have attended safeguarding and protecting courses. Most importantly the club offers a fun, enjoyable and welcoming environment. To gain the award, Middleton Hall were assessed in the 3 main areas of coaching and playing, club environment and child protection and duty of care. Each of the sections has a list of criteria which must be fulfilled. Out of the 78 criteria, 72 were addressed fully. As a result of the award, the PGA professional David Woolley regularly runs “Get into Golf” group sessions at a very cheap cost for beginner adults and those wishing to return to golf after a long absence. Some of the sessions are sponsored by grants gained from EnglandGolf as a result of Golfmark and some by Active Norfolk ( see Active Norfolk website for details or phone the proshop on 01553 841801) With large putting and chipping practice areas and

l-r: Steve Peek England Golf Eastern representative, Chris Woolley Junior Organiser and Lady Captain, David Woolley Middleton Hall PGA Professional, Mike Johnson, Proprietor.

an excellent covered, floodlit driving range open to all, coaching can continue even in inclement weather. There is a maximum of 10 in a group and the sessions usually run for 8 weeks. If you have enjoyed the sessions you can continue with another set of coaching. After completing a minimum of 16 group sessions, an academy membership can be available for a short period for you to try out your new skills on the golf course. Regular junior coaching for boys and girls takes place on a Saturday afternoon in 6 week blocks. The 6 weeks cover putting, short game, bunkers and long game as well as sessions on the course learning rules, etiquette and playing a golf course. Group coaching sessions for 13 to 17 year olds boys and girls are also available. Why not get a group of your friends together and have a go. Junior members enjoy a programme of fun, practice and competition with lots of encouragement. A junior member has no restrictions on the golf course and are positively encouraged by members. Middleton Hall is a thriving Golf Club with a friendly atmosphere, and excellent practice and Club House facilities. For membership enquiries phone owners Mike and Mandy Johnson on 01553 841800 or for coaching phone the pro shop on 01553 841801.


‘Squirrels Reach’, Folgate Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5EF

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Tel: 01603 741301 Email: COMMITTEE MEMBERS Chairman: Mike Jubb Norfolk PGA Representative: Michael Few Captain: Ryan Pudney Vice Captain: Neil Lythgoe Committee: Alan Hemsley, Lee Patterson

PGA Norfolk Pro Am Hunstanton

Sheringham N.P.G.A. Pro Am

The superb location of Hunstanton Golf Club “kicks off” the Norfolk professional season and once again a big field of 24 teams battled against a strong easterly wind. It became evident very early on that sub-pars were going to be the exception and so it proved with a one over par 73 being the winning score by Michael Few (Weston Park). Michael had an interesting round, taking “3 off the tee” for the first hole, but then returning 2 under par for the back nine, but his card put a smile back on his face after discovering that in the car park his car had a puncture! One shot further back were Andy Cotton (Ufford) and Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) and it was good day for the only trainee in the field, Simon Byford (Bury) who shot a 75. Andy Cotton’s team picked up the team prize on 9 under par and there was only 3 shots covering the next four teams, but on the day all agreed that the course was the winner.

This year’s ProAm was disappointing for the big turnout, because shortly before lunchtime the tournament had to be abandoned due to very thick fog. Visibility wasn’t helped by the North Norfolk Steam weekend and a blanket of smoke continually blew across the course. After a short committee meeting the secretary announced that there would be no individual prizes, but with a two-tee start the team prizes would be split between the two sides of the start sheet. 1st Tee start. Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) with Trevor Cave, Tom Clements & Bryce Collishaw. Mike Jubb (Sheringham) with Josh Hall, Neil Milton & Terry Harding. Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston) with Josh Halliday, Kevin Jefferies & Richard Halliday. 12th Tee Start. Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Eric Cowes.

Longest drive. Tom Fitchew. Nearest the pin. Guy Baker. Team. 1st 135 Andy Cotton with Robert Setchell, John Banks & Steve Bullant. 136 James Dodds (Hunstanton) with Richard Oakes, David Davison & Richard Richardson. 137 Duncan Abbott (Dereham) with Lester Brown, Steve Clark & Charlie Clarricoates. Professionals 1st 73 Michael Few, 74 Jason Groat & Andy Cotton, 75 Simon Byford, 76 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range), Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) & James Dodds (Hunstanton).

HOLE-IN-ONE Mark Nixon of Barton Road Wisbech, a member and previous Captain (2011) at Ryston Park Golf Club finally achieved a hole in one after 29 years playing the game. Playing off a handicap of 6 his ace came on the 7th hole at Ryston. Mark said “I hit an 8 iron from 141 yards, I struck it perfectly and knew it was good but can’t say I ever expected to find it in the hole !!” The usual round of drinks was paid for in the clubhouse. 27

Jayne Taylor is Middleton's Marie wins Birdie Trophy Throughout 2012, the ladies at Middleton Hall Golf 'member of the year' Club kept a record of the number of birdie scores At Middleton Hall's AGM recently, Jayne Taylor was rewarded for her long standing commitment to the club. She became a playing member nine years ago and two years later became the seniors' social secretary. It was whilst doing this role that she was spotted by the other sections, and management, and asked to become the social convener for the club, a role she has held for four years. Jayne sits on the members' committee and advises, offers support and helps with the smooth running of all social and golf events. Her experience and background in the hospitality business always shines through and no function is complete without her attention to detail! Jayne who was presented by the outgoing president Douglas Eakins, is a very popular and worthy recipient of this 'member of the year' award for 2012.

they achieved in qualifying competitions on their birdie tree and as always the result was a close run thing with several ladies chasing the leader. On this occasion the leader was Marie Long, seen here with the ladies’ captain Chris Woolley.

CAPTAIN’S FOR 2013 The drive in at Bawburgh Golf Club saw new Captain, Roger Brooks, fundraising for Break, as his chosen charity during his year. The Vet’s Captain will be fundraising for MS Society and the Lady Captain, Nelson’s Journey.


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Vet’s Captain Alan Brown, Captain, Roger Brooks, Lady Captain Annie Langstaff and Junior Captain Chris Gladwell

Roger has already started a 100 Club with 131 members so far and hopes to close the club at 140. He is planning, among other events, a horse racing evening later in the year and a whole raft of fun activities on his Captain’s Day. But perhaps his most audacious challenge of his year will be a sky dive! Roger’s Vice Captain, Tim Sims is looking to do a ‘gorilla’ challenge to link in with Break’s Go Go Gorillas! Art project - 5ft gorilla sculptures in a trail around the streets of Norwich too! There are 36 sponsored gorillas so far! Roger was a trustee of Break, until November 2011, where he had been involved for several years helping teenage parents. He is passionate about the work Break does for vulnerable young people across East Anglia and having only recently become Captain, is grateful for the support he has already had from the members of the golf club in raising money for Break.

Kings Lynn Capts Drive-in After the Ladies AGM, followed by the Club AGM, new Club Captain Mike Sackree and Ladies Captain Anne Lawman, held their first joint event. Firstly the Captains' drive in early Sunday morning brought many members to support them. Both Captains' drove well and raised money for their joint charity, Motor Neurone Disease. This was followed by a Shotgun Greensomes competition and lunch in the clubhouse with presentation of the prizes. The winners were: Drive in Peter Lofting correctly guested 193yds for the Captain and David Whitmore was the nearest for the Ladies Captain's drive of 129yds. The Competition results: 1. Helen & Pip Rippengill 50pts, 2. Brian & Judy Underwood 47pts 3. Carl & Linda Purdy 46pts. The Captains' thanked all members for their support on their special day which raised £374.20 Ryston Park Golf Club Captains for 2013-4. l-r: Patrick Holman (Seniors Captain) Pam Saxby (Lady Captain) Richard Johnson (Club Captain)

Sprowston Manor to host 2013 Trilby Tour Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, are pleased to announce they will be hosting the very popular William Hunt Trilby Tour for the 4th year running. The Trilby Tour is widely seen as the preeminent amateur golf event in the UK, and the only one in the east of England. Each Trilby tour stop is designed to make you feel like a tour player, complete with Sky HD cameras to capture every shot. Last years Trilby Tour Norfolk Champion was Ross Anthony, also one of Sprowston Manors greens keepers, who won his entry through one of the pre qualifying days hosted at Sprowston Manor. If you have never entered the Trilby Tour but fancy your chances, Sprowston Manor are hosting 2 prequalifying days where the top 2 players from each day will win a complimentary space into the main Trilby tour day, complete with a full William Hunt outfit, bag and Trilby cap worth over £250. This years main Trilby Tour event is scheduled for August 8th and the first pre qualifying day is on Sunday April 21st with the second on Saturday June 29th. Entry fee is £35 per event which includes coffee and bacon loin roll on arrival, 18 holes of championship golf and prizes. To enter and for more details please contact the Sprowston Manor Pro Shop on 01603 254290. In addition Sprowston Manor will be hosting the Trilby Tour Corporate Team Challenge to be held on Tuesday August 6th. Entry per team is £225 including coffee and bacon loin roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf and a 3 course meal afterwards followed by prizes, with the top individual score also winning a complimentary entry into Trilby Tour event two days later.

Junior Girls go back to the classroom

by Margaret Watson

Norfolk Junior Girls squad have been back in the classroom for their first training session of the season. Nickie Clarke, County President, and Carol Delf, County Junior Organiser had arranged a ‘Know the Rules’‚ session for the girls, followed by a 9 hole stableford warm up competition at the Norwich Family Golf Centre. Juliet Fenton, (left) Norfolk Junior Captain, was there to give encouragement to her team mates, whilst recovering from a knee injury that has kept her out of the game for a few months. Juliet said “My knee is much better, and I am beginning to test it out in readiness for the full playing season. I am looking forward to being back on the course with the rest of the girls,and getting back into full training”. This initial session will be followed by others of a more practical nature, focussing particularly on the short game and the mental preparation for competition; and Carol Delf is looking forward to seeing the time spent in training being effective, by the achievement of her players.

Amy Taylor (Bawburgh), Tara Davies (Barnham Broom) Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer)

Nickie has volunteered in golf at every level - club, county and country - for over 30 years. She’s been Captain at her club, a county team player and Norfolk Captain (twice!) and is currently County President. She chaired the former English Ladies‚ Golf Association and captained England teams for three years. She also runs the county ladies‚ website.

Nickie has also been jointly responsible for the project to reasess the scratch score of ladies‚ courses in England and also plays a key role in the recruitment of new golfers, as a founding member of the Norfolk Golf Partnership, which grows the game With the Regional Junior County Match Days being in the county. She has a particular interest in the held at home in Norfolk this year, the girls are looking County Academy Programme for young golfers. forward to some keen competition, and rising to the challenge. Left to right : Carol Delf County Junior Organiser and

Norfolk golfer wins top volunteer award

winner of England Golf Volunteer Award 2012 - Nickie Clarke, Ladies County President, Karen Young Norfolk County Golf Partnership - Golf Development Officer

Norfolk’s Nickie Clarke has been recognised as one of England’s top golf volunteers. Nickie, from Royal Norwich Golf Club, won the women’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Golf, at the England Golf Partnership’s annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. She commented: “I am extremely proud to receive this award and feel very humble to have been chosen when there are so many other volunteers who have done just as much. “I have found it so rewarding to get involved and recommend to everyone to put something back into the game by volunteering, you won’t regret it.” LATEST GOLF NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - & YOUR LOCAL CLUBS at

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