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Robertson wins for the 4th consecutive Year

There were run away winners for both the scratch and nett divisions of the Junior Championships at Ufford Park Golf Club near Woodbridge this year. Joshua Robertson (last year’s Junior Captain) won the scratch prize for the fourth successive year with his lowest round to date. He opened up with an eagle 3 on the first and after a few dropped shots in the middle of the round finished with 3 straight birdies with putts from 2 feet, 45 feet and 2 feet on the last three holes for a level par round of 71. James Ovenden won the nett trophy with a 67. This was down to securing pars on 8 holes in his round and will reduce his handicap by 2 shots. ‘’It was great to have so many juniors playing in the Championship and although some of the players that had just secured their 28 handicap were disappointed with their scores, the experience they will have gained from it will help them in future years.’’ says Stuart Robertson PGA Head Professional. Ufford Park Golf Club is proud of its strong junior section and who will represent Suffolk in the regional final of the Junior team trophy at West Essex.


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Over the last month the juniors at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club have a lot to celebrate. PAUL WARING won the English Deaf Golf Open playing at Heyford Park and scoring 75,72,73. JOSHUA MURTON won the Silver Barrel playing at Ipswich Golf Club. And the Junior Team of George Copsey, Joshua Murton and Charlie Harris won the Junior Team Championship, beating Thorpeness and playing at Woodbridge. The Team now go forward to the English Junior Champion Club Tournament which will be played at Woodhall Spa.




Harry Fricker wins maiden Club Championship

Harry Fricker, Vice-captain Paul Jordan and Jamie Horsfield

Thirteen-year-old Harry Fricker made history as he became the youngest-ever winner of the Ufford Park Club Championship. Harry, who had to hole a 15-foot par putt to force a playoff, birdied the first extra hole to beat 17-year-old Joshua Robertson after two rounds of 79. Victory for the five handicapper also ended Joshua’s hopes of a third successive Championship; a feat which would have equalled Rod Powney’s accomplishment between 1997 and 1999. Instead, Joshua was left to lament three dropped shots in four holes as several rounds began to unravel amid the blustery condition. Joint first-round leader and Vice-captain Paul Jordan also appeared to be well placed after 27 holes, but an erratic back nine halted his charge. Instead, it was Harry who continued to lurk ominously atop the leaderboard and despite carding a triplebogey seven on the fourth hole; he displayed composure beyond his years to finish par-birdie-par to tie Joshua’s score of 158 after 36 holes. Harry, who was playing off a 28 handicap less than 18 months ago, will now set his sights on the Ufford Park Junior Open this month, where he will be hoping to add to his overflowing trophy cabinet. Meanwhile in the nett event, 16-handicapper Jamie Horsfield shot a final round 64 to claim the Aldous Trophy, nine shots clear of James Keeble in second. With just four players shooting under their handicap all day, victory was richly deserved for Horsfield who also posted a nett 70 in the morning. Gross results: [1] Harry Fricker = 158 (won on the first playoff hole) [2] Joshua Robertson = 158 [3] James Keeble = 161 Nett results: [1] Jamie Horsfield = 134 [2] James Keeble = 143 [3] John Rochester = 145




This event has been played at Felixstowe Ferry since 1925 and this year it attracted players from Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, West Midlands and Suffolk with players handicaps ranging from +1, the majority having single figure handicaps. At 07.32, the first of 75 players teed off in the annual CORONATION CUP Men’s Open 36 hole medal competition. The weather was warm and sunny with just enough wind to test the players and the course was in peak condition.

The scoring after the morning was tight. At the top of the Leader Board saw 13 under par net score, being led by Simon Little, (the 2011 winner) from Stock Brook Manor, Essex with a 69-4 = 65. Close behind with just one shot behind was Felixstowe member William Pearce with 72-6 = 66. As the afternoon scores were handed in things were still very close, but Will Pearce, an early starter, handed in his card with a net 71 and remained at the top, to win by two shots from Robert Salter (Hintlesham). Robert however recorded the best gross score of 141 (one under par). Prizes were awarded for both the net and gross

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scores, the Trophy being awarded for the best net score.

Nett 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

results: 1st William Pearce (Felixstowe Ferry)137 Richard Beecroft (Ipswich) 139 ocb Simon Little (Stock Brook Manor) 139 Tommy Hunt (Gorleston) 140 ocb Gregor Tait (Ipswich) 140 ocb James Hellyer (Hintlesham) 140

Gross Results: 1st Robert Salter (Hintlesham) 2nd Sam Renville (Woodbridge) 3rd Tom Wade (Felixstowe Ferry) 4th Danny Western (Gorleston) 5th Danny Adkins (Stock Brook Manor) 6th Kane Mayes (Fynn Valley) Bes Morning net score – Josh Drive (Diss) Best Afternoon net score – Darren Wells (Frinton)

141 147 149 149 150 150 67 67


A total of 69 players entered this year’s 36 hole Medal competition, which for the second year running was played over two days, with a cut off the top 40 and ties going through to day two. This year’s Club Champion is PAUL SAYERS, scoring level par at 144 (76 + 68) – shown on the right of the photo below. The Kersey Cup winner is JOSHUA MURTON scoring net 137 (68 + 69).

Paul had a flawless round starting and finishing with birdies. Joshua was close behind, making an eagle 2 at the long par 4 17th hole (444 yards), needing a birdie at the last to force a playoff. He made a par and just missed out. Joshua has had a remarkable week – winning the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club’s Junior Championship, the Ipswich Golf Club’s Junior Championship and now the Club’s Kersey Cup.

Paul’s brother Steve Sayers had a hole in one at the 5th hole on the first day of the Championship.

The Trophies were presented shortly after completion of the competition, by the Club Captain, Jerry Fowler.

CAPTAINS INVITATION DAY The Captain of Rushmere GC invited 36 people to play in his invitation event, with the winners in picture L/R Peter Robinson, Glen Goldsmith, Tony Wallis Rushmere Club Captain, Buster Knock overall winner and Bob Wallis.

Successful Junior Open

The inaugural Fynn Valley Junior Open, sponsored by Giles Insurance, saw an impressive turnout of young talent from all over the county competing for fantastic prizes. The results from the day were:Nearest The Pin: 2nd hole - Kane Mayes (FV); 6th Hole - Amy Bray

Hole in one at Fynn Valley On the tricky par three 188 yard, 17th hole, using a 5 wood (to get up the hill), Fynn Valley member Adam Barton shot his first ever ace. Twenty two handicapper Adam said “…it went straight as an arrow to the flag. Can’t quite believe it happened!” Adam’s feat was witnessed by 2 other members – Sam Wilkinson and Terry Whomes.

(Diss); 8th Hole - Lewis Hague (Rookery Park); 17th Hole - Harry Burman (Rushmere) Longest Drive:; 10th Hole - Robert Salter (Hintlesham); 18th Hole - Robert Salter (Hintlesham) Best Front 9 - Luke Aldous (FV) Best Back 9 - Will Smith (Ufford)

U14's - Best Nett - Tyler Weaver (West Suffolk) 9928-71; Nett: 1st - George Bolton (FV) - 83-16-67; 2nd - Gregor Tait (Ipswich) - 74-5-69; 3rd - Jai Gayle (FV) - 76-6-70; Scratch: 1st Jack Phillips (FV) - 73; 2nd James Biggs - 74 Pictured far left: Ashley Phillips from Giles Insurance presenting winner Jack Phillips with his prize

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During one of our recent meetings Stuart requested some guidance on a certain area. He had been making the most of the excellent weather and, having played on several different courses, was having difficulties playing off the various sloping lies that he had encountered. We felt this would be a good opportunity to go through the changes required to play effective shots from the four basic slopes.


We begun with the up and down hill shots, the critical factor with these shots is to avoid fighting the slope which you are playing from and attempt to keep your spine angle as perpendicular to this slope as possible. Hopefully the accompanying photographs will help to illustrate this. When setting up to an uphill or downhill shot there is a simple rule to remember which will enable you to set up correctly, this is: Put extra weight on the LOWER foot and move the ball position towards The HIGHER foot. As you can see in picture 1 Stuart is set up to play a mid iron shot of an Pic uphill lie, he has extra weight on his right foot


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.

and the ball position has been moved forwards in his stance. You can see how Stuarts spine angle 'stands out' from the slope at 90 degrees. Setting up in this way gives us the best chance of striking the ball well, as this helps the arc of the swing to follow the slope but there will be two potential changes to the ball flight. The ball will fly higher and shorter as the changes to the spine angle and ball position will increase the loft on the club at impact. In addition to this there is a possibility of the ball curving to the left, this can be caused as its more difficult to shift our weight onto the left foot on the downswing, which in turn can allow the hands to rotate faster in the impact area causing the clubface to be slightly closed. Picture 2 shows Stuart set up to



hit a downhill shot. You can see the extra weight on the left leg and the ball position further back in the stance. These changes give us a better chance of making solid contact with the ball, which is the big challenge of this shot. You can clearly see the left shoulder much lower at address which is going to make it easier to create the correct angle of attack for this shot. Because of the set up adjustments and the fact that it is more difficult to transfer the weight off the left leg on the backswing, this shot will fly lower and roll more. Also, due to the steeper angle of attack into the ball, it is likely that the ball will fade from left to right.(for the right handed player)

When playing from sidehill lies the first thing to be aware of is that the ball will curve in the 'down the hill' direction. From there the slope from which we are playing from creates the shape of our swing. Picture 3 shows Stuart playing a shot with the ball above his feet. We make things feel as normal as possible by gripping the club further down the handle, from there the swing will be more Pic rounded than usual with the emphasis on making solid


contact with the ball. Due to the rounded swing the ball will curve from right to left, following the lie of the land from which we are playing from. The opposite occurs when the ball is below the feet, the big challenge is to 'get down' to the



ball and strike the ball well. We James Cook wins two try to do this by setting up with a combination of a little extra in a row at Stonham knee flex and more forwards Cook, a 14 year old member of James lean in the spine angle. Picture Thorpness GC won the latest Junior 4 shows Stuart set up to hit this Tournament at Stonham Barns with shot. Both these factors make it an excellent score of 33 (4 over par). hard to keep our balance during This was his second win after winning the swing and will force our the previous event by four shots. swing up onto a more vertical With good weather after heavy overnight rain, the Stonham course swing plane. This will cause the had drained well and it was in great ball to curve to the right. Stuart condition for the juniors who tried all of these shots and after produced some good golf. some practice, was able to In the Age categories the Under 12’s attain a good strike and begin was won by 11 year old Charlotte to see the different flight Smith from Felixstowe Ferry Golf characteristics. Also it is worth Club. The Under 10 Age Group was remembering that often the lies won by a regular at Stonham Barns, Mary Cuthbert, a 10 year old from that we get on the course are a Thorpness Golf Club and the Under combination of two of the 8’s was won by 7 year old Henry slopes, for example downhill Meadows from Fynn Valley Golf Club. and above the feet, so we There are eight junior events every have to make additional year at Stonham Barns on their short adjustments to our set up and 9 hole golf course. Usually they are alignment. An on course held on the last Sunday of each session with your PGA month from April to November. For Professional can be invaluable more information visit the website or call in taking you through these 01449 711545 specific changes.

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WELCOME FROM Ron Kent, President of the Suffolk Golf Union

What a change in the temperatures these last two weeks have brought about. With nights drawing in noticeably, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as Keats described Autumn, is rapidly approaching.

I used to love Autumn so much, with the brilliant leaf colour and plentiful fruit, until I realised that Winter was following right up behind. Then I became less enthusiastic about it, something to do with advancing years I suppose.

Once the winds arrive and blow the leaves off the trees, golfers too will curse as their well hit shot, albeit slightly off line, disappears into a swathe of leaves, never to be seen again, not until, that is, further winds blow the leaves on and the inveterate ball, or bounty hunter, fills his bag with some scarcely-hit balls of whatever make – he (never she of course!) plays with any make he is able to find. Still, let’s look on the bright side. There is always a chance the year will yet still offer an Indian Summer. Once September is out and my duties are pretty-well over for this year, I intend to clean up the caravan and hold everyone up along the way, as Jean and I make our tortoise-like way along the narrow roads to the delightful north Norfolk coast for a few days of bracing wind and rain!

At least that is the master plan. Bearing in mind we have not used the home on wheels for over a year, I get looks of great scepticism about it from her who should be but, to my shame, is so rarely is obeyed. We shall see. One thing is for sure, there is still plenty of time for some golf, so whatever the weather has in store for us this winter, now, while you still can, make sure you……

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It is always a last-minute rush to meet the deadline, something which I seem to be failing to do increasingly with every issue. In actual fact, with County finals coming thick and fast of late, the position this time could have been much worse had it not been for the number of articles our good friend Tony Garnett has allowed me to use. Being involved in presentations at our matchplay finals and championships, I have also had to rely heavily on the photos he sends me (without fail). Many thanks, Tony, I fear to think where the magazine Tony might be without your willing Garnett in full assistance.

numerous tasks which the County Union performs. These involve help with numerous Championships, junior, men’s and seniors’ teams, refereeing, media work, including writing for this magazine. Phil and Colin are working on some recommendations for ensuring continuity of volunteers for the future. If you think any areas might interest you and want to find out more, please give Phil or Colin a call. Their contact details are given in this issue,

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Lily signs

Finally, an unashamed and up for West liberal dose of sheer Florida nepotism. As I have travelled around the County, I have been amazed at the number of people who have asked about my granddaughter Lily who left for the University of West Florida on 18th August. I am pleased to say she is well and the fact she is so busy with studies (which have to be kept up) and two intercry * * * collegiate golf competitions she has so far experienced, With the Anglian League season now over, we have to has helped to overcome some inevitable home-sickness. say farewell to our two Team Captains, Mike Rees (1st West Florida has a small squad but they have finished 2nd team) and Andy Collett (2nd team). Mike is a member and third in their two tournaments so far. Lily tells me of the Executive Committee and will be continuing as the the greens are totally different to what you normally find County Referee, as well as his numerous golfing here and are taking some getting used to. Travel to the commitments beyond Suffolk. He has also offered to events is also quite unlike journeys here with trips of 8 or help with any advice the incoming Captain might want. 9 hours and in one case 900 miles having to be Andy has a young family and feels, quite rightly, that he undertaken, all by road! So far she has had two good should devote more time to them. I tend to think being scores in the four rounds she has played, with the second the 2nd Team Captain is one of the hardest jobs in the competition reduced by storms from 3 rounds to two! The County, having to identify the emerging young talent and first was played in Tennessee, one of the most lightning bring them into the County scene. Very often, call-offs struck States in the Union. Lily says she is getting used by 1st team members result in his chosen team being to the storms and gradually getting acclimatised to some decimated, often at the last moment, and several 11thpretty hot temperatures. At most of the competitions, the hour calls have to be made. Andy has always managed girls have to carry their bags which is physically to field a team and the players have always performed demanding for them. Signs warning visitors to the club to well and to the credit of themselves and the County. “Beware of alligators” is also a new experience for her! Many thanks for your services these past years, Andy, Note the size of the clubhouse in the background below! and now enjoy some quality time with your family. Lily is due home at Christmas and the family cannot wait * * * to hear all about her experiences so far. Our Vice-President Phil Platten and Executive Beware Committee member Colin Firmin are looking at our Alligators needs in terms of future volunteers to help with the

Andy Collett (front centre) with a young team at Rushmere

Suffolk Seniors Championship By Tony Garnett

Roger Taylor with the

Whymark’s President Ron Kent chip ended a couple of inches from the hole.

Roger Taylor of Aldeburgh beat Stephen Whymark of Woodbridge, at the fourth play-off hole It was all over the at Felixstowe Ferry to win the Geoffrey Barnard second Bowl, as Suffolk Senior Champion recently. time they Both players signed for level par rounds of 72 in played the sunny conditions, with enough of a breeze to make 18th the Martello course a real test. Fast hand-cut against the greens added to the enjoyment of a field of 47. wind. Both players The first and last holes were used for the play-off, were on watched by quite a gathering of the competitors. The first three were halved in par. Taylor, a former the green Suffolk County Captain, was longer off the tee than in two. Taylor sunk his slippery downhill putt from 12 feet for a birdie. Whymark was seven feet away on Whymark who has regained his amateur status the right of the green. His putt, equally slippery, just after a notable professional career as assistant to Leslie Jones at Woodbridge and head professional missed. at Ipswich.

On the third extra hole Whymark’s approach to the green was just short and rolled perilously close to a bunker on the left. Taylor’s approach left him a putt of 50 feet from the back of the green. Taylor’s judgement of distance was near perfect. Then


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It was fitting that the two players who held the lowest handicaps, three for Taylor and two for Whymark, should battle it out in the final stages. Third place with a round of 74 went to Philip Platten, VicePresident of the Suffolk Golf Union and competition organiser. The holder, Andy Whittaker of Woodbridge, was down the field on this occasion with a round of 81. It was good to see Alistair Edgar, winner in 1995 and 1997, still supporting the event.

The Michael Thomas Team Trophy for the best three scores from any one club went to Woodbridge with Stephen Whymark, Phil Platten and Richard Barton.

Leading scores 72: Roger Taylor (Aldeburgh) beat Stephen Whymark (Woodbridge) at fourth play-off hole. 74: Philip Platten (Woodbridge). 77: John Ford 55 to 61winner (Felixstowe Ferry), Giles Oates (Stowmarket) runner-up 55-61. 79: Peter White (Felixstowe Ferry), James Gardiner 70 plus winner (Bungay). 80: Martin Allen, John Cullum, (Bury St Edmunds), Richard Barton (Woodbridge). 81: Jon Marks (Woodbridge), Ron Spore (Stowmarket), Andy Whittaker (Woodbridge). 82: Pat Shepherd (Stowmarket), Clive George (Stowmarket), Ray Foreman (Thorpeness), Ken McCredie (Stowmarket), Adrian Callaby (Ipswich). 83: Andy Ball (Bury St Edmunds), George Irvine (Ipswich), Bryan Smy (Bungay), John Formston (Bungay). 84: Roy Ross (Waldringfield), Jim Cole (Bury St Edmunds). 85: Michael Thomas (Ipswich), Bob Allison (Diss), Andrew Mangeot (Flempton), Tom Collett (Stowmarket). 86: Chris Gwinnett-Sharp 70 plus runner-up (Bury St Edmunds), Willie Beeton (Woodbridge), David Cargill (Aldeburgh). 87: Tony Michell (Flempton), Chris Ginn (Woodbridge). 88: Brian Kemp (Felixstowe Ferry), Phil Fairbrother (Stowmarket). 89: Keith Rooney (Stowmarket), John Symon (Rookery Park). 90: Colin Firmin (Ipswich), Ian Wheeldon (Felixstowe Ferry), Richard Newton (Thorpeness).

Suffolk Matchplay Championships Tolly Cobbold Cup

The Tolly Cobbold Cup, played at Thorpeness between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, proved to be a close-run contest. Bury lifting the much-prized Cup by four holes, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. It was only the second win for Bury in the competition since its inception in 1969. Ipswich actually won three of the four afternoon matches but a five-hole win by Bury pair Dave Mackie and Andy George tipped the scales their way.

Stenson Shield

The final of the Stenson Shield completed the season’s Men’s matchplay competitions when it was played out at 2012 winners Hintlesham. The day started wet but conditions improved in the afternoon and a good pace of play ensured the match was concluded with plenty of daylight left. Felixstowe Ferry were looking to record their third win

Bury St Edmunds: Glen Knott, Cameron Macdonald, Dave Mackie, Andy George, Adrian Leggett, Michael Gee, Garry Clark, Colin Aves. Ipswich: Julian Todd, Paul Clouting, John Martin, Chris Mayhew, Steve Noy, Ed Banyard, Steve Giles, Steve McGuinness and John Fletcher.

Hambro Cup

The Hambro Cup was played at Rushmere between Woodbridge and Ipswich and resulted in a win for Woodbridge by 21 holes. Woodbridge led by a big margin of 17 holes at lunch. It proved too much of a mountain to climb for an Ipswich team which seemed to find it hard to get into top gear. The afternoon matches were closer but Woodbridge added a further four holes to their morning score to win by 21 holes. Mark Jackaman and Simon Godbold was the only pair to record a win on the day, beating Matt Mann and Richard Barton by one hole in the afternoon. Victory for Woodbridge brought them level with Ipswich with 12 wins each since the competition began in 1931.

Woodbridge: Richard Barton, Matt Mann, Steve Mann, Adrian Studd, Alan Scovell, Jasper Johnson, Dominic Rosser, Andy Whittaker and Sam Truman. Ipswich: Gavin Richards, Dan Bryett, Ian Brown, Mark Lewis, Mark Jackaman, Simon Godbold, Peter Brady and Adam Golding.

Felixstowe Ferry are all smiles

in the competition since it started in 1985, having won in 1992 and 2004. They were narrowly beaten in the final last year, losing out in a one-hole sudden death play-off. For Newton Green it was a memorable day in the club’s history, being its first ever appearance in the final. A good following of supporters for both teams greatly enhanced the day and was very much appreciated by players and officials alike. Things were not looking good for Newton Green at lunch when they trailed Felixstowe by 3-1. However, they produced a spirited fight back in the afternoon singles and at one stage were just one point behind their opponents. However, youth prevailed and George Copsey and Joshua Murton produced the necessary 11/2 points at the back to ensure victory by 7 games to 5. Newton Green, a smaller club than Felixstowe Ferry, have some great talent and, if they can be kept together, will be a force with which to be reckoned in future years.



Woodbridge Captain Gary Slaymaker with his team




Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) recently won the European Deaf Open Golf Championship held at Kytaja Golf Paul Waring with his trophy Club, Kytaja, Finland. This was the third time the biannual event has been held and this year 53 players from 7 different countries took part in the competition. Paul won with scores of 72, 79 for a total of +7 to win by 3 shots from Andreas Nilsson (Sweden) 81,73 +10 and 3rd was Hans Elgaard (Denmark) 74,81 +11. England A :- Martin Anderson (capt), Mike Burris, Jay Stally & Paul Waring also won the team event on countback from Sweden, with Denmark 3rd.

Andrew Witter of Stowmarket Golf Club will be competing in the prestigious Audi Quattro World Final in Los Angeles (7-11 October). The 29-yearold and his playing partner Mike Broad, 50, from West Bilney near Kings Lynn, won the UK Audi Quattro Final at Bowood Golf and Country Club in Wiltshire. Witter and Broad scored 40 points with 18-hole

Mike Broad and Andrew Witter


Stableford rules applied. Witter had finished fourth individually in the Marriott Motor Audi Group Invitational, staged at the Woodbridge Golf Club on 11 June, before he and Broad teamed up to claim second place in the regional final at Woburn Golf Club.

Along with the Audi Quattro UK Cup Final runnersup, Tom Ciullo and Simon Healy, Witter and Broad will represent Great Britain in the World Final, staged at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. The Audi Quattro Cup is the world’s largest Amateur golf competition with almost 80,000 players from 50 countries competing in the week long final. Fynn Valley held a “Give Golf a Go” weekend costing only £1 for adults and nothing for children. More than 400 people attended over the two days many of whom had never tried golf before. All were encouraged to hit a few balls on the golf range, try the putting green, and have fun in the Tri Golf area. They also played the nine-hole course. Clubs were provided and coaching was available. Many families attended an informal event supported by young volunteers from the Suffolk Golf Partnership. It will be repeated next year.

Josh Hulyer, aged 10 from Haverhill, had a hole in one at his club’s junior championship. He holed his seven-wood at the 172-yards 16th hole. His handicap is now 19.

Gary Slaymaker, a member at Halesworth Golf Club has organised an annual charity golf day for the East Anglian Air Ambulance at his club for the past eleven years. This year’s event was held in June on a blustery rainy day. Despite the weather, 50 teams took part, and managed to give the air ambulance a cheque for £11,350, which has pushed the total raised in 11 years to over £100,000. Gary was due to retire from the task last year, but over Christmas his sister in law was air lifted to hospital after a heart attack and seeing first hand what they do, he realised why he had organised this event. Also a close friend's son was air lifted to hospital as well after a car accident. Unfortunately his sister in law and his friend’s son didn't survive but at least they were given a chance, hence his reason for carrying on.

Suffolk Junior Championship

James Biggs was the pride of Diss Golf Club when he became Suffolk junior stroke play champion recently with rounds of 71 and 68 on his home course. He ended one under par on the day beating Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) into second place by two shots. Biggs, joint leader with Jed Seeley of Newton Green after the first round, cemented his position in the afternoon. Biggs, Josh Driver and Michael Manser won the team prize for Diss to make it a memorable day for the host club.

James Biggs with the President

both players signed for 76. In the afternoon Gayle maintained his form with another round of 76 while Fricker had 79. Both are among players who are sure to be strong challengers for the Mackenzie Cup in future years together with Gregor Tait, Will Morcombe, Jordan Bloomfield and Daniel Jennings.

Leading scores 139: J Biggs (Diss) 71 68. 141: P Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) 74 67. 144: M Mann (Woodbridge) 72 72. 147: J Seeley (Newton Green) 71 76. 148: J Phillips (Fynn Valley) 78 70, J Driver (Diss) 75 73, J Johnson (Woodbridge) 73 75. 149: H Cutting (Stowmarket) 74 75, L Hague (Rookery Park) 74 75, G Copsey (Felixstowe Ferry) 79 70, R Salter (Hintlesham) 73 76.150: A. O’Doherty (Stowmarket) 75 75, K Mayes (Fynn Valley) 74 76.

Biggs, in his final year as a junior, emerged onto the Suffolk golfing scene quite late but has already represented Suffolk men in the Anglian League at first and second team level. Waring started his second round three shots behind Biggs and made a slow start to his second round. Then the birdies started to flow but his round of three under par 67, the best of the day, was not quite enough. Third place went to Matt Mann of Woodbridge who seemed to be moving smoothly into contention before shots started to slip away during his back nine in the afternoon.

The Diss course was in splendid condition with receptive greens that were a credit to all concerned. The weather was ideal, not too hot with virtually no wind. George Copsey of Felixstowe Ferry had a level par second round of 70 but his morning round put him out of contention for the main prizes.

Suffolk junior team managers must have been delighted by the performances of some of the younger players. Seeley, in the under-16 section, was fourth overall while Jack Phillips of Fynn Valley had a solid level par round of 70 in the afternoon.

Driver was the best of the under-15 section. He started his second round three shots behind Lewis Whiting of Haverhill but ended three shots ahead of the player who took Patrick Spraggs to a play-off in the Suffolk Amateur Championship.

Only two of those in the under-14 section played 36 holes. Harry Fricker, the Ufford Park club champion, beat Jai Gayle of Fynn Valley on count back after

Suffolk Under-18s

By Trevor Mason (Under 18s Manager)

The boys have had another mixed season. They did not perform well in the first round of the Six Man team event at Studley Wood in Oxfordshire, but picked up their game in the second round to finish 8th of 11 counties.

We did much better in the Anglian League and after soundly beating Norfolk and Cambridgeshire at Waldringfield, winning every foursomes match, we went on to defeat Leicestershire and Rutland in the final at Haverhill. Again we performed well in the foursomes, winning three and halving one match, but several of the singles went against us although we won 71/2 to 41/2 in the end. The Under 16 players who were selected for either or both of these matches – Lewis Whiting, Jack Philips and Jed Seeley did very well and enhanced their growing reputations. We had a friendly foursomes match against Middlesex at Felixstowe Ferry as both counties did not compete in the SE Group Foursomes this year, We won the match 3 - 1 and Kane Mayes, Lewis Hague, Joshua Murton and Josh Driver were all given their first opportunity at Under 18 level.

James Biggs won the Junior Championship and Kane Mayes won the Junior Matchplay this year. Paul Waring finished a creditable 5th in the SE Group Junior Championship at Sundridge Park and he won the men’s European Deaf Golf Championship in Finland.

We only lose James Biggs, Robert Salter and Kane Mayes from those who have represented the Under 18s this year so, provided the boys continue to progress, next year could well be one of the better years in recent times. Fingers crossed!


Know Your Pro

This month Ron Kent talks with Kelvin Vince, Professional at Rushmere Golf Club Almost inevitably, 6ft 4inches Kelvin greets you with enthusiasm and a huge smile. It was the same when I called on him recently after he had readily agreed to be the subject of this month’s issue.

Kelvin was born and bred in Suffolk, living, as a boy, in Heath Road, Ipswich. He was encouraged into golf by the Sanders twins and Steve Thomas, who lived nearby. Kelvin had a good introduction as Donald Sanders also turned pro and is now working in Germany as is Steve. Kelvin joined Rushmere in 1985 when he was 11. It triggered in my mind that Kelvin will soon celebrate his 40th! This December I believe, so some good times look set to roll at Rushmere around Christmas time.

Like many others, with an ambition to turn pro, he worked in the pro shop and then, off a handicap of 2, he eventually started training at Fynn Valley Golf Club where he qualified as a PGA professional, Robin Mann being the professional there at the time.

the club properly. I made a note to try this when I next visit the practice ground. I suggest my thumb is anywhere but under the grip!

As for advice for young players wanting to turn pro, his view was that it depended what sort of a professional the players has set his heart on. Opportunities to go down the traditional route for a club pro are getting scarcer. To become a playing pro demands a high level of ability if one is to survive on the “tour” and he strongly advised aspirants to test themselves at the highest level in the amateur game earning money during the evenings to support themselves, so that they could practice long and hard during the day to further their ambitions

Kelvin followed up with 3 or 4 years at Felixstowe Golf Range and then returned to Fynn Valley for a further 5. He was appointed to his present position at Rushmere 10 Kelvin’s 8-year old daughter Isabella is beginning to hit years ago. the ball quite well but wife Jemma does not play herself.

He had some playing successes locally and regionally, playing a few British Professional Tour events in 1996, won the Suffolk PGA Matchplay championship in 1997, the 1998 Suffolk Open Foursomes, partnered by former County player Frazer Knights and in 1999 won the EADT Grand Challenge event at Ufford Park. He had 3 attempts at the Open Qualifying events but never actually made it into the Open Championship itself. Still with ambition, he tried his luck at the PGA Qualifying School in 1999 but was unable to progress in this most demanding arena.

Kelvin reeled off numerous suggestions when we talked about the best hole in Suffolk. Quite rightly, he enthused about the many fine and picturesque courses in the County and particularly enjoyed Aldeburgh, whilst acknowledging it is a tough course to master. Among many others, he mentioned the third hole at Thorpeness and the picture postcard views you suddenly come across at places like Southwold.


Kelvin enjoyed several sports and was a season-ticket holder at Ipswich Town several years ago. Still on football, he played for Ipswich Schoolboys Under 12s.

His thoughts on the best golfer again produced a number of views. Seve Ballesteros was his hero although the great playing records of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods could earn the accolade. Interestingly, he referred to Lionel Platts, a very successful pro some years ago who played in the 1965 Ryder Cup team. Playing alongside him during the US Masters, Lionel thought Ben Hogan was the best striker of a ball, remarkable in that Hogan had recently recovered from a horrifying car crash. When I arrived, Kelvin was just tying up some arrangements for a disabled golf day, expecting something like 100 12 to 18 year olds with learning and physical disabilities to participate. Kelvin gets much pleasure in such a worthwhile involvement and his enthusiasm for such a project is likely to make the day highly successful and enjoyable for everyone.

I asked him for his top teaching tip. Thinking particularly about newcomers to the game, he Note emphasised the importance of a correct grip with the left Kelvin is a regular contributor to the magazine where he thumb under the grip, at the top of the swing, to support outlines the progress of a newcomer to the game.

Kane Mayes is Suffolk Junior Matchplay Champion

Kane Mayes (right) with Robert Salter and the President (centre)

By Tony Garnett

Eighteen year old Kane Mayes, who plays off a handicap of four, won the Suffolk Junior Championship after two days of splendid golf on his home course at Fynn Valley.

It was a terrific boost for Mayes before he partnered club assistant professional Chris Smith in the Lombard PGA pro-am final at Gleneagles. The following week. Mayes beat Suffolk under-16 team captain Robert Salter 2 and 1 in the final after having been taken to extra holes in his first two rounds.

Mayes went ahead at the first in the final after Salter put his drive into trees. They were all square after seven in bizarre circumstances. Salter chipped out of trees on the left. Then he sunk his nine-iron for a birdie from 148-yards. Mayes, on the green for two, lost a hole he had expected to win.

First round: James Biggs (Diss) beat Will Morcombe (Aldeburgh) 6 and 4, Robert Salter (Hintlesham) beat Lewis Hague (Rookery Park) 4 and 3, Jack Phillips (Fynn Valley) beat Michael Manser (Diss) 6 and 4, Lewis Whiting (Haverhill) beat Josh Driver (Diss) one up, Kane Mayes (Fynn Valley) beat Jasper Johnson (Woodbridge, holder) at fifth extra hole, Jed Seeley (Newton Green) beat Jordan Bloomfield (Rushmere) at first extra hole, Marcus Kent (Stowmarket) beat Henry Cutting (Stowmarket) at 3 and 2, Matt Mann (Woodbridge) beat Gregor Tait (Ipswich) one up. Second round: Salter beat Biggs 4 and 2, Whiting beat Phillips two up, Mayes beat Seeley at first extra hole, Mann beat Kent 6 and 4. Semi-finals: Salter beat Whiting one up, Mayes beat Mann one up. Final: Mayes beat Salter 2 and 1.

Mayes was undeterred and had a stroke of luck on the par-five 13th. Both players produced prodigious drives, too far in fact. Mayes were in light rough and his approach shot crashed into a thick hedge but the ball ended on a path allowing him a free drop not far from the green. Salter was in thick rough. His shot went into the same bush but ended unplayable in a hazard. He went three down.

At the par-three 14th Salter’s tee shot was wayward but he made a great recovery to halve in par and then pulled back a hole at the 15th when Mayes put his wind-assisted drive into trouble in trees and bushes bordering the 16th fairway. Holes 16 and 17 were halved in par leaving Mayes as a deserving winner. One of the best matches in the first round was between Matt Mann and Gregor Tait, a 15-year-old whose handicap has come down from 11 to four this year. He is coached by Ryan Wingate at Ipswich. He lost one down to a player with considerable Suffolk county second team experience in the Anglian League. Another close first round match saw Whiting beat Josh Driver of Diss by one hole. Driver had been on top early on but hitting a pylon on the right at the 15th hole was an error he may remember for some time. The quality of much of the play was impressive and the course played well.


Diary of a President

Ron Kent continues his travels Leading on from mid-July, the programme continued to be hectic :-

28th July A family occasion as Jean and I enjoy lunch with my oldest son Richard and his partner Carol at the delightful Flempton Golf Club. Lindsay and his team lay on an excellent lunch and it is nice to sit back and enjoy some very convivial surroundings.

29th July Stowmarket hold a Press Day to tell everyone about their development plans for the future. The club has certainly spent a lot of money in recent years and is enjoying strong membership levels right now.

4th August The first team play Northamptonshire at Halesworth in the fourth Anglian League match of the 2013 campaign. Halesworth has come on in leaps and bounds of late and is an excellent golf course with first-class facilities to back the golfing experience. The team records its second win in four matches, taking an unusual lead 2.5 to 1.5 in the morning foursomes and shading the afternoon singles 4.5 to 3.5. The second team take several young players to Cold Ashby, losing 8-4. 5th August The July\August magazines are ready for collection at Lavenham. I collect the usual 31 boxes for onward distribution, starting at Stowmarket that day.

6th August The Junior Championship at Diss. With plenty of help, I am not required for starting duties and slip away to deliver some magazines to several clubs to the east of Diss. Back in good time for the presentation. 7th August Finish off the deliveries to the clubs in the Woodbridge area and the local clubs.


11th August Off to Stowmarket, one of the shorter trips for me, to the Suffolk Open Championship. Changing the format to 36 holes on one day means a longer day but attracts a good field of professionals as well as our top amateurs and the verdict generally is that the new format is a success and worth repeating in 2014.

14th August A chance for Jean and me to watch Lily playing in the Ladies Championship at Stowmarket where she finishes second by one shot to the perennial winner Liz Laflin. (left)

15th August Another short trip to Flempton where the Keith Bass Trophy for under-14s is contested by Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex and Norfolk. Really great to be able to bring a County event to Flempton where we are made to feel very welcome. The boys enjoyed their day too. Unfortunately Keith Bass is unable to make the trip over from Sheringham.

18th August Lily leaves for Florida at 5.30am and arrives there 23 hours later! Difficult to get my head round the fact that it is still only 10.30pm when she arrives there.

19th August The County juniors play Leicestershire in the Anglian League final and retain the title winning 7.5 to 4.5. Haverhill in its usual excellent condition and proving a very good test of golf. 27th August After a break of a few days, offering a chance to catch up on the courgette harvesting, I drive down to Felixstowe Ferry for the Junior Handicap Cup final between Ufford Park and Stowmarket. A close run thing results in a playoff and Josh Robertson lands the title for Ufford with a birdie to Jack Forgan’s par at the first extra hole.

29th and 30th August The Suffolk Junior Matchplay is decided over two days at Fynn Valley. There are the usual surprises along the way but Kane Mayes, a Fynn Valley member, takes the title after a good scrap with Robert Salter in the final. It was a good confidence booster for Kane who was due to leave on the following Sunday to play at Gleneagles with local pro Chris Smith in the Lombard Trophy. The pair finished third of a very strong field with rounds of 69 and 67, 8 under par for the tournament.

31st August/1st September Mike Rees collects me for a 2-day trip to Birstall in Leicestershire, Mike preferring not to rely on Charlie Wilderspin’s highly suspect SatNav! The match on Sunday, our last of the campaign, proves a disappointment as we lose 8-4. Mike and I slip across the road to watch the local steam train. Some beautiful coaches and engines

Getting up steam

temperatures, accompanied by some morning drizzle, welcomes Felixstowe Ferry and Newton Green, the latter contesting their first Stenson Shield final. It proves a close-fought encounter and is looking like another play-off but the final games on the course see Felixstowe safely through by 7-5.

And so a busy 8 weeks have flown by and things are definitely getting quieter from A magnificent observation car in LMS livery hereon in. The new Category 2 Handicaps in the LMS livery to be seen with an observation car Championship is due for its inaugural run in a few days particularly outstanding. Back with the golf, the second time followed, the next weekend by the Seniors team’s team finish the season strongly with an 8-4 win at Fynn journey over to the Isle of Wight for the final of the Valley. Several young players again in evidence here Southern Counties Foursomes. A chance to visit Queen which is encouraging for the future. Victoria’s home there, Osborn House or perhaps the chance to gather some garlic cloves for the allotment, 2nd September the Island being well-known for its trials. I doubt it. Ufford Park for the Autumn Executive Committee meeting. I stay overnight at the hotel and make an early start for the County Seniors Championship at Felixstowe Ferry

3rd September A beautiful day at Felixstowe and we have yet another play-off for the Championship, Roger Taylor (Aldeburgh) and Stephen Whymark (Woodbridge) needing four extra holes to reach a decision. Taylor had the longest and most difficult putt on the fourth hole (Felixstowe’s 18th) and slides the ball home. 2012 Champion Whymark sees his nearer attempt narrowly miss the hole. 5th September Matchplay Finals are coming thick and fast this month and I travel over to Woodbridge where the Parks Trophy is to be decided. It is a blistering hot day and competitors and officials wilt under the heat. After a very slow round, Felixstowe Ferry run out the winners over Ufford Park 8th September The Hambro Cup is the next final up for a decision. Playing at Rushmere, Woodbridge record their 12th win of the Cup with a 21 hole victory over Ipswich, who looked decidedly below their best. The clubs are now level with 12 wins apiece.

12th September And another final, this time the Beaumont for seniors with longer handicaps. Seckford capture their first-ever County Matchplay title beating my old club Bury St Edmunds 10 up. Great to have Ray Beaumont present to do the presentation, Ray having been largely responsible, with Michael Thomas, for getting this particular competition up and running. 14th September And so to our last matchplay competition, the Stenson Shield at Hintlesham. A significant drop in

Suffolk Juniors retain Anglian League title

Suffolk Boys retained the Junior Anglian League trophy by beating Leicestershire and Rutland by 71/2 to 41/2 at Haverhill. They were in a strong position after the morning foursomes, establishing a healthy lead by winning the first three matches and young Jack Phillips and Jed Seeley doing themselves credit by halving the fourth. However Leicestershire and Rutland made a much closer game of it in the singles. With four of the first five matches going to the visitors convincingly, it was left to 15 year old Lewis Whiting to record the first singles point for Suffolk, scoring 11 successive pars to win 2 and 1. It was fortunate for Suffolk that their last two players, Jack Forgan and George Copsey who had teamed up to win in the foursomes, maintained their excellent form and won their matches by 4 and 3 and 6 and 5 respectively. Copsey was two under gross when his match finished. This was sufficient to secure the victory and when Jack Phillips birdied the last to win his match by one hole, it made the final score look more comfortable than it actually was. Results : James Biggs and Paul Waring beat Jack Merry and Harry Duval 3 and 2; Jasper Johnson and Lewis Whiting beat Coby and Jake Cartwright 2 and 1; Jack Forgan and George Copsey beat Oliver Dennies and Huw Phillips 2 and 1; Jack Phillips and Jed Seeley halved with Jake Dandy and Will Chamberlain Jasper Johnson lost to Harry Duval 3 and 2 Lewis Whiting beat Huw Phillips 2 and 1 James Biggs lost to Oliver Dennies 4 and 3 Paul Waring lost to Jack Merry 4 and 3 Jed Seeley lost to Jake Cartwright 3 and 2 Jack Phillips beat Coby Cartwright by one hole Jack Forgan beat Will Chamberlain 4 and 3 George Copsey beat Jack Dandy 6 and 5


Senior Matchplay Competitions The two Senior matchplay finals were concluded recently, the Parks being the older of the two having started in 2002 and the Beaumont, for longer handicaps, commencing in 2010. Both trophies would see new names on them, none of the finalists having managed to lift the honours before.

Parks Trophy by Tony Garnett

Felixstowe Ferry (right) won the Parks Trophy, for seniors with handicaps of 12 or better, when they beat Ufford Park by nine holes in sweltering conditions at Woodbridge.

Felixstowe always had the edge in the final two games but it was a different matter in games one and two. Ufford’s Colin Aldous and Dave Ellis had the better of the first nine against Peter White and John Pearce. A three-hole advantage for Ufford turned into a one-hole deficit by the end. In the second game John Mayhew and Frank Griffiths were four up after eight but at that stage Griffiths was feeling the effects of the heat and had to retire. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital but allowed home the same evening. Mayhew battled on to halve his better ball match with Steve Fair and Stewart Reeve. Ufford’s Bob Banthorpe flew back from Spain for the match and returned to rejoin his wife for the rest of their holiday.

Results (Felixstowe names first): Peter White and John Pearce beat Colin Aldous and Dave Ellis by one hole, Frank Griffiths and John Mayhew halved with Steve Fair and Stewart Reeve, Eamon Gilgar and Brian Kemp beat Alan McMillan and Keith Norton by three holes, John Ford and James Douglas-Hamilton beat Bob Banthorpe and Chris Briggs by five holes.

Beaumont Trophy

by Ron Kent

The weather at Ipswich for the Beaumont Trophy was, thankfully, several degrees cooler than that for its older brother the Parks Trophy the previous week at Woodbridge. For longer handicaps, it is nevertheless no less keenly fought for than its big brother as Seckford locked horns with Bury St Edmunds. For Seckford, it was the club’s first-ever appearance in any County Matchplay final and there was no doubting they were up for it.

Some of the play was slow to say the least and nerves were obvious, several finding the delightful Ipswich course a real challenge. Bury St Edmunds could only manage to halve one game and Seckford ran out winners by 10 holes.

It was a great pleasure to have Ray Beaumont, the founder, in attendance to present the awards to a clearly excited Seckford team as the Bury St Edmunds players looked on sportingly.


The photograph shows the team with nonplaying Captain John Mealing proudly displaying the Trophy with Ray Beaumont third from right at back of the group. Seckford: John Amot, John Williams, Steve Jewhurst, Steve Bonner, Ken Farrow, Phil Vinnicombe, Nick Lee and Nigel Pusey. Bury St Edmunds: John Cauldwell, Steve McClellan, Fred Mayhew, Steve Finch, Alex Clarke, John Mecham, Dave Smith and John Kirk.

Press day at Stowmarket Golf Club Stowmarket golf club held a press day to help advertise the club and encourage new members to join. The club was also celebrating the special golf membership offered to personnel from Wattisham Army Airbase, and were pleased to welcome Major Colin Peall and Captain Richard Simcock. A presentation was given highlighting developments that have taken place to improve the club, including building a reservoir, drainage improvements and the creation of several all year round tees. This has all been paid for from the club’s own income and the club is looking for more ways to move forward. Stowmarket is known for its beautiful and quiet setting amongst a vast array of nature and wildlife. The course is challenging for experienced golfers but is also able to accommodate the higher handicaps.


Stowmarket's picturesque 6th hole

There is an extensive practice area, nets, bunkers and putting and chipping greens. The club also has a fully stocked golf shop run by Jon Markham and his assistant Andrew Robinson, both PGA qualified professionals and available to give lessons to adults and juniors.


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Don’t Throw your Putting Salvation Away By John Arthur

All you long and belly putter addicts, don’t despair. Your salvation putter has not been banned by the authorities, just the anchoring method of holding the club. In their ignorance “the ruling bodies” have in fact given us a huge bonus. Let me explain in words and pictures how this works to our benefit.

The ideal putting method is to have a club in front of us in a vertical position, with our legs straddling the line of the putt and our eyes looking bi-focally to the hole, with the club being swung like a true pendulum between the legs.

For the younger players, who would not necessarily know, this is the method used by that famous golfer, Sam Snead, to overcome the terrible “putting twitch” later in life. He used a mallet-head putter with no rake angle between the shaft and the putter head. Twenty or more years ago, the authorities banned putters like this and introduced a minimum rake angle of 10 degrees for putters and no straddling of the putting line either. So any current putter, short, long or belly type must conform to this design ruling. In my view, and I’m not alone in this, the sideways

Suffolk Golf Union Junior Committee 2013

Chairman - Mike Stevenson Tel: 01728 603521 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 (below) 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 Email: 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

stance to a putting line with eyes parallel to the line and the club set away at an angle is the hardest way to play a putt. So an alternative was found hence the long and belly putters. But why? They still had to be played sideways to the putt.

Many professionals seem to cope with a short putter successfully, but what most of them have developed is a way to swing the putter back and through to the hole on a straighter line than we lesser mortals. What most people find is the opening and closing gate-like swing is very difficult to control. The USA professional, Steve Stricker, found a way to get more vertical with a straight through swing. What he does is arch his wrists and raises the head of the putter off the ground, thereby getting closer to the true pendulum swing. Hence the thinking behind the long putter for certain to get to this desired shaft position even closer to the vertical. (I personally found belly putters difficult to use, as it seemed to me to accentuate the swinging gate movement as they are far from vertical).

Where is the huge bonus then? This will be apparent from the photos showing both types of club. In any putter swing within the rules, it is quite legal to anchor the upper arms to the chest and to swing at any angle from the body one chooses.

My proposed method for both types of putter, long or belly, uses the same legal “arms to chest” position but by holding the forearms and hands out in front of the body with the shaft near vertical, or vertical, the desired true pendulum swing can be achieved which will reduce the gate-like movement through the ball. Some users will benefit from a shoulder swing and others from static shoulders and just a forearms and hand action. An additional tip is to set the hands forward of the club head a small bit, to create a top spin running ball that will dive into the hole! Picture A (left) shows a nonanchored belly putter, picture B (right) shows a nonanchored long putter.

So there you are, a totally legal way to keep using your salvation club as a definite and unexpected bonus from the rule makers. I hope the long\belly putter fraternity can find these ideas useful. Good putting.

Peter Ballingall


LETTER FROM SPAIN September always brings that "end of season" feeling.

Fees plus a buggy whilst good value, still eats into the budget. Better to eat and drink, they think!! Ah well, what are holidays for?!

I am ashamed to admit I am not up to speed on political events in Spain at the moment living in a "bubble" that we do and, besides, I have been too busy watching a great Spring and Summer of sport The Tapas Bars and restaurants have all made a ton on Sky TV. The athletics, The Lions, The Ashes men and women and the cycling have all been so of money that will see them through the winter absorbing as has the tennis that it was no contest to months and the kids holidaying on the Marina have follow the politics in this country!! It is bad enough gone back to school. Peace at last! H. and I were to follow the politics in the UK. No! Don't get me especially pleased that our neighbours have started!! returned to Bilbao. The sound of two grandparents, two sons with wives, each with four small children, Now we approach our second spring. Although they plus nannie and cook staying in one house can call it otoño [Autumn] we have no deciduous trees in make a lot of noise! Nice people though!! this part of Spain so that the trees never lose their The Spaniards that descended on El Rompido from all parts north have returned to from whence they came and tranquillity has been restored to the area.

The atmosphere in the village during August however was wonderful; packed with people dining al fresco, of course, and the beaches were full until the late hours. The younger set would even sleep on the beaches for the temperatures have been unusually high this year.

Cars during August are not permitted into the lower part of the village so that the entire area is converted to one huge eating and drinking zone, with tables and chairs spilled out onto the walkways and beach with every one seemingly taken. Of course one would not contemplate eating out before eight-thirty in the evening. The Spanish timetable does not accommodate that! Whole families converge from as "early" as nine-thirty until eleven-thirty to take in the sunset and the cooler temperatures. One wonders what la crisis economica is all about but then one can dine handsomely on tapas that are substantial and a couple of bottles of wine for about 13€ a head. Great value! The golf courses during this time have been reasonably busy but to spend €90 on two Green

John Peddelty hands over his cheque to Derek Wilding, for his chosen Charity The Alzheimers Society, in his year as Rushmere Golf Club Captain. The cheque was for £1250, which had been raised by members during the year.

Picture left to right Tony Wallis Rushmere Golf Club Captain 2013/14, Angie Peddelty, Derek Wilding (Alzheimers Society), John Peddelty Rushmere Golf Club Captain 2012/13.

leaves. All that happens is that the sun remains in the sky although a little lower and the temperatures fall to the mid-twenties - just like spring. How good is that? Still, we are looking forward to a cool breeze and even to some rain on our face and, after a long hot summer, even to putting logs on the fire again!!

By the way I believe there is a shortage of sparrows in many parts of the UK right now. I can tell you that many of them are right here. We get dozens of them in our garden - even some blackbirds. I expect they are "stopping off" for a breather during their migration to parts further south. Enjoy

Contact me, Peter Ballingall at: Apartado de Correos 101 21450 Cartaya (Huelva) ESPAÑA PHONE: (0034) 959 02 42 42 or E-mail: Website:


Footgolf Event a Big Success

Stonham Barns Golf Centre hosted their first ever Footgolf Tournament in Suffolk. This new sport is starting to catch on and organisers, PGA Professionals Tony Dobson and Joe Cardy, were really impressed by the feedback of the players who all enjoyed having their first experience of this family friendly game.


Footgolf is played the same as a normal round of golf, but the player kicks a football around the course and into a hole which is much larger (21�) obviously, to allow the ball to fit into the hole. The game, which is played using rules very similar to golf, can be played and enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their age or ability at football. This first event attracted over 30 players, including some golfers and footballers and the Men’s Winner was footballer David Howard who plays for Barsham Football Club. David scored a 31 (2 over par) for the shortened 9 hole course. The Ladies Winner was Lauren Applebaun, who is on holiday from the USA, who scored a 40 and the Junior Prize went to Curtis Miller, who came with his father for a round of golf and decided to have a go at the Footgolf. One of the highlights of the day was a hole out from 50 yards for a 2 on the 9th, by Stuart Brooks which helped him into 2nd place. There was a good mixture of golfers and footballers playing. Of the footballers there were representatives from Bildeston Rangers, AFC Hoxne, Felixstowe and Walton and Occold Football Clubs. For more information on future events, call Joe/Tony on 01449 711545 or visit


It was raining cats and dogs but Newton Green did not care as they reached their first major Suffolk team final in 41 years. A 7.5 to 4.5 victory against Southwold at a rain-lashed Ipswich Golf Club means Newton meet Felixstowe at Hintlesham for the Stenson Shield. The club has never before reached the final of the county’s premier team scratch competition, and last contested a major Suffolk final when winning the Hambro Cup, played off handicaps, in 1972. The Stenson final showdown will bring down the curtain on a remarkable season for Newton, whose ladies have already won the Haskell Trophy, division two of the Weston Cup, and await the final of the Cranworth Trophy. The semi-final Stenson tie saw Newton in the control seat for most of the match against Southwold, going into lunch 3 – 1 ahead, after winning two and halving two matches in the morning foursomes. Torrential rain soon began to make play a grim prospect in the afternoon, with Newton edging ahead in several games. Some greens began to flood, and with conditions too warm for water proofs, a number of players opted to battle on, drenched to the skin. However, for Southwold’s Russell Palmer, it was too much to bear and, when five holes holes down with nine to play, he literally threw in the towel to Simon Bearman, and retreated to the comfort of the club house in a game officially scored as eight up to Newton with six to play. The concession meant Newton were 4 -1 in front, needing only a further two wins and a half from the remaining seven games on the course. Southwold did manage to salvage three wins and a half, but Newton had edged ahead to such a degree in other matches, a last minute turnover always looked too much of a long shot. Results (Southwold names first). Foursomes: Paul Booth and John Mike all square with Adam Woodhead and Russell Oakey, Alex Taylor and Tom Keriey lost to Greg Hills and Simon Bearman, Russell Palmer and Jack Fountain lost to Jed Seeley and Ryan Talbot, Callum Monk and Lewis Hague all square with Ian Woodhead and Steve Wordley. Singles: Taylor all square with Oakey,

Kerley won 3 & 1 with Talbot, Fountain lost 6 & 4 to Hills, Hague 2 up to A Woodhead, Monk 2 up to I Woodhead, Palmer lost 8 & 6 to Bearman, Hurr lost 3 & 2 to Wordley, Booth lost 5 & 4 to Seeley.

Roger Baird of Rushmere GC achieved his 1st hole in one after 30 years of playing the game. His ace was at the Par 3 13th 204 yards, he creamed a 2 iron into the hole, his playing partners were Clive Squirrell, James Caley and Phil Nichols. L/R: Clive Squirrell, James

Caley, Roger Baird and Phil Nichols.

Theatre Royal PRO AM moves on to Haverhill Haverhill Golf Club is fast becoming one of the most popular golfing venues for major events and this year has secured the prestigious Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal PRO AM event for this year. Last year the event attracted 100 players to Stowmarket Golf Club, where the event was won by Norfolk PGA Pro Ian Ellis with a 1 under par 68. Closely followed by Alex Beckett with a level par 69, Paul Connell from Hintlesham was the best Suffolk Pro with a 74. The Stowmarket Team won the team prize with 81 points followed by Alex Beckett's team from Halesworth with 80 points and the team from Accountants Baker Tilly lead by Ian Ellis were Third with 79 points.

The event was promoted and sponsored by the leading golf website provider Club-noticeboard and raised nearly £3000 for the Theatres community activities. CNB Managing Director Ian Duncan comments "The innaugral event was a great success last year but I believe with the help of the Haverhill Golf Club this years event will be bigger and better raising much needed funds for the popular Theatre". As last year there will be a generous prize fund for the PGA Professionals and some super prizes for the winning teams. Cost of entering a team of 4, including a Pro, is £180. If you want to enter as a team or individual (don’t miss out - we will find you a team) or want to sponsor this event please contact Ian Duncan on 01359 244537 or email at


Ian Saunders receiving the individual winner’s Charity Day Silver Plate, from Seniors Captain Melvyn Williams, on behalf of his doubles partner, David Houchell, with whom he won the Stableford Betterball competition, with a score of 45 pts. David’s individual winning score was 41 pts. St Audrys Senior’s Charity Day was blessed with fine weather, which attracted a record 56 participants, comprising of Seniors and their guests. The event raised over £1,500 on the day for the

Senior’s adopted charity, which is the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). More than a dozen local business’ and golf clubs supported the event, through sponsorship or by contributing prizes. The winners included: Gerry O’Connor and Les Shilton, who were 2nd with 44 points and Frank Wilson and Pete Stebbings who came 3rd on count back, ahead of two other pairs on 43 points. The St Audrys course was in excellent condition and despite being a 9 holes course, the 14 four ball groups managed to navigate the course without any significant delays. At the lunch following the competition, Melvyn Williams, the St Audrys Seniors captain, thanked the participants, sponsors and club staff for their support in staging this annual event, which contributes funds to such a worthy charity. He will be presenting a cheque, which will include other contributions collected at Senior’s home matches throughout the season, to the EACH representative at the annual Seniors Christmas lunch in December.

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End of season stock take

As we approach the end of another golfing season, the more serious golfers will begin a period of evaluation to determine what has been successful and what still may require some work. This may be broken down into many parts – I have listed 4 below but there may be more! Equipment – is everything performing at the level that it did when first purchased? Are there any distance gaps in your game? Do you need a wedge with new grooves to stop the ball on the green? Would a changeable driver help to alter the flight of the ball?

Physical – Are you still as flexible as you were? Are you getting stronger or weaker? Are you getting tired towards the end of the round? Can you cope with 3 rounds in a week?

Technical – Are you able to repeat the same movements throughout the whole of the round? Is the contact on the ball consistent? Is the flight of the ball a similar shape with all clubs? Mental – What do you expect from the shot/round/day? How do you react when you don’t achieve what you expect? Does the round deteriate after a good start?

If you are not sure where you should be working in order to lower YOUR scores, I would recommend that you seek the help of your PGA Pro and book a 9 hole lesson or maybe offer to support them in a winter Pro-Am. During this time on the course they will be able to see the whole of your game under some competitive pressure and can then begin to help you put a plan together so that you have a better chance of achieving your goals the following season. It has often amazed me that what the golfer believes is their biggest weakness, may not be the real reason for scoring as high as they do. Their belief that the 2 tee shots into the trees have cost them dearly may not be as costly as the fact that they have NEVER holed a putt from outside 3 feet! This often then leads to hours on the driving range to rectify the 2 wayward shots (even though the other 10 drives were straight) rather than spending some time on the putting green to remedy the missed putts. The result of a few hours putting practice may reduce the score by more than any improvement of the 2 tee shots that went into the trees. Allow your PGA Pro to help you with your winter practice plans so that you are able to achieve more from the time that you have available. If you need help with planning your winter program, contact me:

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The Suffolk Ladies Past and Present Captains Golfing Society

Held their Annual Golf Day at Diss Golf Club, 84 Ladies took part.


1st and Trophies – Rita Alcock Fynn Valley, Fiz Grundy Stoke by Nayland, Joy Wood Fornham Park, Carol Boffey Ufford. 76 pts

2nd – Sheila Jarvis Waldringfield, Mary Pacy Diss, Margaret Ramsey Rushmere, Jean Cross 71 pts Felixstowe.

3rd – Anne Amos Gorleston, Eunice Gray Woodbridge, Margaret Shea Fornham Park, Anita Dabbs Felixstowe. 70 pts

4th – Jackie Mosley Bury St. Edmunds, Linda Miller Woodbridge, Susan Cullingham Rushmere, Sue Chate Thorpeness. 69 pts c/b 5th – Tricia Galleway Waldringfield, Adrienne Langston Rushmere, Wendy Jones Bury St. 69 pts c/b Edmunds, Mary Sail Haverhill.

6th – Diane Glasswell Flempton, Bev. Waspe Stowmarket, Joan Watson Bury St. Edmunds, 68 pts c/b Pat Hawkins Newton Green.

7th – Carol Perks Rushmere, Wendy Wootton Felixstowe, Sally Price Haverhill, 68 pts c/b Amanda Bouttell Fynn Valley. 8th – Mo. Lloyd Stowmarket, Margaret Bryant Ipswich, Rosaline Stollery Felixstowe, Mary Sparrow Fynn Valley. 67 pts c/b

9th – Pippa Neall Ufford, Sylvia Pearce Stowmarket, Sally Crosbie Fynn Valley, Margaret Lee Rushmere. 67 pts c/b 10th – Anne Archer Thorpeness, Lori Sage Ufford, Elizabeth Langley Bury St. Edmunds, 66 pts Doreen Darbey Haverhill

Front Nine and Trophies – Ann Graves Woodbridge, Sylvia Sibthorpe Bungay, Susan Baker Stowmarket, Frances Robinson 35 pts Ufford. Back Nine – Christine Jamieson Bury St. Edmunds, Lesley Barnes Stowmarket, Carol Brown Cretingham, Carol Cooke 35 pts Thorpeness.



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Happy Newton Green - they won!

by Julie Latimer-Jones

There have been many opportunities to put one’s name in lights and plenty have gripped them with both hands firmly on the golf club …

The East Region Senior Championship was played at Haverhill in July. Though the champion and the County Shield winners came from Hertfordshire, Teresa Wardlaw of Stowmarket took the top handicap slot (85-15-70) and Ann Graves (Woodbridge), Sheila Jarvis (Felixstowe) and Denise Martin (Rushmere), had a great day out winning the Over 60’s category. Bury’s Viv Kemp was third amongst the Over 50s.

The Suffolk Golf Day was an unmitigated success, thanks to Chris Lynch-Bates, the organiser, and the generous facilities at Hintlesham Hall. The accruing funds supplement the SLCGA’s efforts to make golf enjoyable for all its members. The golf was very competitive, the prize table happily packed, allowing awards for the eight top teams. Jeanette Longman, Sheila Burgess, Nina Nielsen and Sue Fulcher (Woodbridge) came first with 125 Stableford points, but then two countbacks were required to find the winners for the second and third spots as well as another to separate sixth and seventh.

The Haskell Trophy final was played at Waldringfield on August 18th. It featured Aldeburgh, the established Lotti Edmunds/ Blaize Esmond partnership, playing in their fourth successive final, and a young team from Newton Green. Eloise Aldous and Alice Barlow did some giant-killing, polishing off four County First team players en route to the final. The golf wasn’t spectacular in the morning and neither team had an advantage at lunch but, fortified by ham salad and chips, the young ladies cut loose, rushing to five up after seven holes. Predictably, Aldeburgh fought back, but ran out of luck on sixteen where Newton Green closed out the game, putting their name on the trophy at the first attempt.

Bedfordshire were pipped by only half a point for the winning place, having won four of their five matches. The one that got away went to Suffolk which was a great confidence booster and it was good to see the skill and determination growing in the County’s young golfers. Remember their names: Aldous, Barlow, Barker, Bray, Schroeder, Symonds, Tindall and Whyman. They’ll almost certainly crop up again.

More inter-club finals to come, so plenty still to play for! Blaize chips up

Alice on the putting green

Pics by Alexia Burton

Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association Current Officers: President: Mrs Pippa Beak Tel: 01449 781261; Captain: Mrs Laura Lowe: Tel 01206 263298 Hon Secretary: Mrs Suffolk’s Juniors had mixed fortunes at the East Jeanette Longman: Tel 01394 450939; Hon Treasurer: Miss Region Junior Championship though Lottie Whyman Hermoine Scrope Tel 01359 232618; England Golf had an exciting five-iron hole-in-one at Stowmarket’s Representative: Mrs Anne Archer: Tel 01728 685315; tricky ninth. Along with her team-mates, Lottie went Handicap Adviser: Ms Ann Graves Tel 01394 411020; Contact for Junior Golf: Mrs Judy Hamshere Tel 01284 on to play really well at Junior County Match Week where, led by Captain Eleanor Tindall, they finished in 386207; Senior Organiser: Mrs Liz Robinson, Tel: 01284 752818. Scratch Score Assessor: Mrs Sue Cook Tel 01728 fourth place behind Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and 688406. All other personnel may be found on the County Norfolk and ahead of Essex and Cambs & Hunts. website at



Steven French was the clear winner of the men’s midweek medal. He carded a superb nett 65, 3 shots ahead of his nearest rival and has reduced his handicap by a shot to 15. The full results were: Division One: 1st place Paul Bartlett 73-5-68 (lowest gross), on count back 2nd place Glenn Norris 75-7-68, 3rd place Gavin Taylor 81-11-70. Division Two: 1st place Steven French 81-16-65, 2nd place Greg Kingston 88-20-68, 3rd place David Parsons 89-19-70. Division Three: 1st place Grant Kingston 9022-68, 2nd place Bob Spittle 95-25-70, 3rd place Patrick Bowes 95-21-74 on count back. With the Ladies September Medal and LGU Pendant, the overall winner of this combined event with a score of 90-17-73 was Mary Sail. In 2nd place was Ann Thompson with 106-32-74 and in 3rd place Gerry Wheatley with 97-21-76 on count back. The Woodlands Cup was contested with a field of 36 pairs who took part in the betterball stableford competition, played off 7/8th handicap. The winners with a score of 46pts were Michael Goldsmith, playing off a reduced handicap of 10 and Paul Hinchliffe playing off a reduced handicap of 6. In second place with a score of 45pts were Steve Rex, playing off a reduced handicap of 14 and Mel Stuart playing off a reduced handicap of 6. In third place with a score of 44pts on count back were Gary Cowley playing off a reduced handicap of 16 and Luke Williams playing off a reduced handicap of 11.


Haverhill hosted its Junior Girls Open. Winning the scratch competition with an excellent gross score of 76 was Anna Collis from Letchworth to claim the overall prize. Winning the 18 hole medal event for non Haverhill members was Fran Tindall from Anna Collis with Paul Wilby Stowmarket with a nett 76. In 2nd place was Lily Humphries from Channels with a nett 77 on count back from 3rd place Melissa Schroeder from Rushmere with a nett 77. Separate prizes in the medal event were awarded to Haverhill’s Junior Girls Captain, Nicole Pike, who had the best nett score of 70, reducing her handicap by a shot to 23, followed closely by Alice Iron with a nett 71.

The home advantage definitely paid off as they both had impressive rounds to finish ahead of the visitors. The Stableford qualifying event was played over 9 holes and the winner was Fiona Stokes of Haverhill with a score of 18pts, in 2nd place was Morgan Tritton from Bourn with 15pts and in 3rd place Anna Guest from Gog Magog with 12pts. The Stableford non qualifying event was played over 15 holes and was won by Jade Wilkins from Haverhill with 22pts, in 2nd place was Lauren Wallage also from Haverhill with 17pts.


The 55th AGM of the Alliance was held at Bury St.Edmunds G.C. where it was reported that despite the harsh winter only two of the scheduled 14 events had been lost. These were the post Christmas Pro-Am meetings at Waldringfield and Felixstowe, both courses being snowbound. Obviously the loss of these two popular venues had slightly dented the average meeting attendances but overall the organisation of Suffolk golfers was quite buoyant thanks to the continued support of the County Clubs. The forthcoming session tees off at Halesworth before moving onto Bury St.Edmunds where the first of the Pro-Ams will be contested. Weather permitting 14 meetings will take place over 13 different courses, climaxing at Haverhill in late March. Membership of the Alliance is open to all adult male Amateur golfers whose playing handicap is 21 or less and Professionals who also play in their own individual stroke play competitions at each gathering. Any further information can be gleaned from the Alliance website at, your Club Secretary/Professional or alternately direct from the Alliance Secretary or Committee Members who are currently J.Whiting (Bungay), S.Nicholas and L.Turner (Haverhill, W.Darling (Stowmarket), P.Webb (Newton Green), G.Markham (Rushmere), M.Verhelst (Bury St.Edmunds), G.Davis (Waldringfield) and D.Renyard (Haverhill). If you enjoy competitive golf in good company and the opportunity to see how our Professionals cope with winter conditions then why not give us a call. All will be made most welcome. September Sunday 29th Halesworth October Wednesday 16th Bury St. Edmunds , Shotgun - Pro-Am; Sunday 27th Newton Green November Thursday 7th Southwold; Sunday 17th Stowmarket; Wednesday 27th Hintlesham - Pro-Am December Thursday 12th Ufford Park - Shotgun January 2014 Sunday 12th Bungay & Waveney; Sunday 26th Waldringfield - Pro-Am February Sunday 9th Southwold; Wednesday 19th Brett Vale March Sunday 2nd Diss; Wednesday 12th Felixstowe Ferry - Pro-Am; Thursday 27th Haverhill

SUFFOLK SCHOOLS GOLF ASSOCIATION (Affiliated to the English Schools Golf Association)

Hon Sec Brian Perks, 140 Westerfield Road, Ipswich IP4 3AF • Tel 01473 211334

Suffolk Schools’ Golf Association Area competitions produced some fine golf on three very well presented courses. First came the Northern Area competition held at Diss GC. with 24 entries. The main competition was won by Jack Cuthbert from Thomas Mills High School, whose gross 78 from his 6 h/c just saw off Adam Wright (Hartismere High) 80 (7). Both Divisions in the stableford were closely fought with particularly good scoring in the higher handicap section. Tom Auchterlonie scored a wonderful 41 points with 22 on the back 9 despite failing to score on one hole!

Gross: 1st Jack Cuthbert 78, 2nd Adam Wright 80 Nett: 1st Fionn O’Reilly 68 (14 h/c) 2nd Ben Tipple 72 (19) Stableford Div 1: 1st Alex Wright 32 pts (c/b) 2nd Matthew Hunter 32 ; Stableford Div 2: 1st Tom Auchterlonie 41 pts 2nd James Mitchell 40; Team: 1st Alde Valley B 2nd Thomas Mills

The Southern Area competition was held at Fynn Valley with 31 entries. Robert Salter (Kesgrave High) produced a fine round of 73 to win the gross competition. Generally the players found scoring difficult as none managed to play inside their handicap. Gross: 1st Robert Salter 73, 2nd Jordan Bloomfield 76, 3rd Josh Murton 77; Nett: 1st Gregor Tait 71 (6 h/c) 2nd Tom Fowler 73 (12), 3rd Luke Cleland 75 (11); Stableford: 1st Mason Raynor 32pts, 2nd Luke Middleton 31 (c/b), 3rd Sam Byford 31.

Jack Forgan & Alice Barlow winners of the Western Area competition at Haverhill.

Gross: 1st Jack Forgan 71 2nd Lewis Whiting 74; Nett: 1st Ben Aves 64 (11 h/c) 2nd Alex Earle 65 (c/b 22) 3rd Jude Everett 65 (13); Stableford Div 1: 1st Jordan Allen 37 pts(c/b) 2nd Michael Gee 37, David Marris 35; Stableford Div 2: 1st Matthew Lepoiderin 39pts, 2nd Sam Bunn 38, 3rd Ed Halpin 35; Girls Nett: 1st Alice Barlow 76, 2nd Eloise Aldous 77.

SSGA is most grateful to the clubs concerned for the use for their courses and the wonderful hospitality they all offered.

The last competition this year will be the SSGA Finals to be held at Ufford Park on Wednesday 16th October. Entries to this event are by invitation of the committee.

A number of players have represented SSGA in National competitions. Jordan Bloomfield (Copleston High) finished 26th (81 + 75 = 156) in the National Championships at Nottingham G.C. Jordan was also selected to play The Western Area competition was held at Haverhill for the South East team. GC with 40 entries. Jack Forgan (Stowmarket High) The National U16 Championships were held at won the main event with an excellent round of 71, just one over par. Special mentions must be given to Bolton Old Links with Callum Hilton (FarlingayeHigh) finishing 8th, Lewis Whiting (Samuel Ward) 12th & Ben Aves, Alex Earle (both KEUS), & Jude Everett David Marris (KEUS) 23rd. In the Girls’ U16 (Beyton Middle) who were all five shots under their handicaps. In total 8 players bettered their handicaps. Championships, Eloise Aldous (KEUS) finished 8th.


Buster Knock holed in one, at the par 3 4th hole, 192 yards using a 3 wood in the Captains Invitation Day. His playing partners were Stephen Auld, Rod Kenworthy and John Wall.

Picture, Stephen Auld, Buster Knock, Tony Wallis (Rushmere Captain) and Rod Kenworthy. John Wall is missing from the picture.

Adam MacDonald achieved his 3rd hole in one, at the par 3 8th hole, 134 yards, at Rushmere Golf Club using a 7 iron, his playing partner was Harry Gallant who chipped in for a 2!

L-r: Harry Gallant and Adam MacDonald.



Recently, David Fitzgerald-Lombard organised a trip, for a group of 11 Ipswich Golf Club members and Club Professional, Kevin Lovelock, to Flempton GC to celebrate the 88th Birthday of Arthur Lilley who has been a playing member at Purdis Heath for 43 years. Arthur has a handicap of 14 which, we know, is the envy of many half his age. Kevin Lovelock partnered Arthur in a match against Tony Griggs and David Pearman. After a very enjoyable round of golf they had a very pleasant lunch, following which Roger Podd presenting Arthur with a book of photographs of Arthur’s days in the Royal Navy. Arthur was delighted with his treat, particularly having an opportunity to partner Kevin, whose professional advice will, no doubt, help Arthur to continue shooting scores of less than his age” Left to right: David Pearman, Arthur Lilley, Tony Griggs & Kevin Lovelock.



As 2012 winners of the Weston Trophy, Ipswich were in Division 1 and each fixture involved five Scratch singles matches, drawn home or away, against Aldeburgh, Hintlesham, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Bury St Edmunds. The team won 20 of their 25 matches to retain the trophy for 2013. Aldeburgh were runners up with 17 wins.

The team picture ( l to r – back row) Anne Gallagher, Sue Tyler, Helen Bray, front row Vanessa Bell, Sarah Saggers (Captain), Vicki Hunt. Also in the squad but not available for the photo were Sarah Howe, Vicki Inglis, Lily Kent and Lottie Whyman.

Suffolk PGA By Tony Garnett

Neil Mitchell receives the

Mitchell wins Town and Country Cars Cup Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range won the Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup in windy conditions at Felixstowe Ferry. He beat former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd 5 and 4 in the final. Mitchell went two up after three holes and never allowed his lead to slip. Dodd, just back from a family holiday in Spain, must have felt that it was not his day on the fourth green, when he seemed sure to pull a hole back, until Mitchell sank a 40-foot birdie putt for a half. Mitchell had six birdies and, although Dodd’s short game was sound, he was unable to sink the vital putts to get him back into the match. On the 11th Dodd hit two tee shots out of bounds to go four down. He birdied the par-three 12th near the club with a slippery seven foot putt but found a bunker off the tee at the 13th and it was all over on the 14th green after he missed the short out he needed to keep him in the game. Apart from a heavy shower midway through the round the sun was shining. Mitchell’s has found a seam of good form since switching from his belly

putter to a short Town and Country Cars Suffolk PGA Cup from putter. He won the competitive sponsor Steve Gray who plays his golf at East Region Hintlesham. pro-am at Chelmsford and puts down his improvement to two things. He has started using a GolfBand for stretching exercises and has been coached by Mark Sturgess at Bourn to sharpen his all round game. In the semi-final in the morning Mitchell had a tremendous tussle with Chris Smith of Fynn Valley, winning at the first extra hole. Both players had chances to clinch victory over the final three holes. Smith was one up on the 16th tee, but put his tee shot into thick rough to the left of the green and went back to all square. Smith regained his lead on the 17th after Mitchell missed a four-foot par putt for a half. At the final hole Smith was short with his approach and, although Mitchell missed his seven-foot birdie putt, a par proved enough to draw level. A disappointed Smith against threeputted at the first extra hole. Dodd was handed a walkover by Tony Dobson in the other semi-final. Dobson opted to travel to Wychwood Park to caddy for his son Hugo in stage one of the PGA European Tour School. Winner Neil Mitchell (left), Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup sponsor Steve Gray (holding trophy), losing finalist Lawrence Dodd and Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower.

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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 David Pattrick, Royal Cromer 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:

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: 34

Girls Organiser - Carol Delf Gt Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club

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Around the Clubs Royal Norwich

The Club Captain’s Charity Day in aid of the SOS Bus had a full field of 25 teams taking part in the best 2 scores from 4 format with a shot gun start at 10.00 am. It was a very successful day all round thanks to the many hours of work put into it by Club Captain Ady Myhill. It raised a grand total of exactly £7,000 with £3,000 coming from the auction of promises and the remainder from the raffles and other golfing activities .


Toby Briggs, sponsored by the club and Jasmine Campbell sponsored by Peter Clarke, played in the Daily Express qualifying event at Lingfield Park, Surrey for the Andalucian Junior European Open. Toby qualified automatically coming 4th in the boys section, whilst Jasmine played extremely well just missing automatic qualification. There is still a chance she may go through on a wild card selection. Congratulations to them both.

Barnham Broom

Eight years old Will Bradfield (right) who is a member of Barnham Broom Golf Club, recently took part in two National Skills Challenges held at Barnham Broom and achieved a score of 55 out of 60, which qualified him for the South East Regional Final. Subsequently Will


Norfolk Seniors last two matches meant they had to travel possibly the worst road in the county twice – the A17, just how many tractors are there!

Winners of all age groups (Will bottom right)

attended the South East Regional Final at Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, where he won the 8 & under Rookie category and qualified for the National Final to be held at Woodhall Spa. The Regional final involved challenges covering 5 disciplines of Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Bunker Play and Full Swing.

Barnham Broom Juniors are Winners at Woodhall Spa

Two more Junior members from Barnham Broom Golf Club played in the Woodall Spa Junior Open held last month, one of whom was Harry Bradfield (age 12) and the other Liam Cossey (age13). Both boys are members of the Norfolk Under 14's Junior Squad. Harry won 1st place with net 71 and Liam came 3rd with net 72 in the Under 14’s Division.

Lady Captain's Day

At Ryston Park Golf Club, Lady Captain Pam Saxby greeted lady members on her special day recently.

After tea Pam thanked the ladies for all their support during the year and expressed her appreciation for all the cards and gifts. She went on to thank everyone who had helped make her day so enjoyable before presenting the prizes: 1st Janet Coles, 2nd Anne Emmerson, 3rd Maggie Ward Closest the Line - Dang Kittisak, Nearest Pin on 4th -Tiffany Mills, Nearest Pin on 7th - Jill Savage.

Competition winner Janet Coles, on behalf of all the lady members, thanked the Lady Captain for a lovely day and said how much they appreciated all her hard work during the year.

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The first match was against Nottinghamshire at Notts Golf and Country Club, a nice course with the greens being very good and a first class clubhouse, well worth a visit. The format of the match was 4BBB. Team Malcolm Carr, Jim Laird Sheringham David Stephenson, Richard Blakey David Pattrick, Bernie Peet, Eaton Royal Cromer Simon Fuller Bernie Vaughan Costessey Park David Hudson Hunstanton Barry Clarke Barnham Broom Graham Turner Mundesley Alan Hewison Richmond Park

The match finished all square 3 – 3 and there were wins for Pattrick / Peet, Blakey / Vaughan and Hewison / Laird.

The second match was the last league match of the season against Lincolnshire at Boston Golf Club, this was a very tight course with lots of dog leg holes and water, a course on which the player needs to know what to hit from the tee. In hindsight a practice round should have been played and if Norfolk are to be competitive in league matches perhaps this should be considered in the future. Team David Pattrick, Bernie Peet, John Chapman, Simon Fuller Alan Hewison David Hudson Doug Gilchrist Tony Lount, Geoff Paton Chris Taylor, Richard Blakey, David Stephenson Barry Clark

Royal Cromer Royal Cromer Richmond Park Hunstanton Weston Park Sheringham

Eaton Barnham Broom

With two points being awarded for a win, Norfolk lost the match 71/2 to 41/2 , there were wins for David Hudson who played very well to win 8 /7, Alan Hewison won 2 up, Chris Taylor won 2 up and Geoff Paton halved his match. As previously reported Norfolk has managed to avoid the wooden spoon so improvement from last year has been achieved and it is hoped that with some new players on the horizon this improvement can be continued.



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Norfolk P.G.A. Pro Am - Fakenham Golf Club Nearest the Pin. Denis Rowell and Bernie McKeon. The biennial pro am was organised by Fakenham Golf Club, with major sponsorship backing of Thain Wildbur, Hayes & Storr and Bedfords. 17 of the leading local professionals, competed with their nominated teams over the nine holes course, that was described by Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) and Michael Few (Weston Park) as being ‘in excellent condition’. Only four of the field shot under par and again Michael Few was setting the standard, with a three under 68, although earlier in the week on the same course he had lost his match-play game against Mike Jubb (Sheringham). The scores were higher in the afternoon with the exception of one player, Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), who two years ago shared the winner’s cheques with two other players, but this time won outright with a new course record of 5 under par 66. The team event was won by Joe Lambert’s (Norfolk Premier Golf) group.


Fakenham Golf Club held its bi-annual Pro Am event , which is arranged through the Norfolk PGA, under the direction of John Paling, PGA secretary. A full compliment of 17 teams and Professionals took part playing on a course that despite the recent hot weather, attracted many compliments from both professionals and amateurs, on the overall condition of the course and the way it was presented on the day. The game was played over 18 holes culminating in a two course meal after playing. The day was made extra special by Ryan Pudney, from Mundesley Golf Club setting a new professional course record of 66. PRO AM RESULTS: PROFESSIONAL 1st Ryan Pudney – Mundesley 66; 2nd Michael Few Weston Park 68; 3rd Ian Ellis – Costessey Park 70 Mathew Gardener – Barnham Broom 70.

AMATEUR TEAM RESULT 1st Jim Mcgrath, Bryn Playford, Andrew Kirk 128; Professional – Joe Lambert – Norfolk Premier Golf 2nd Brian Watson, Harry Grand, Martin Grocott 129; Professional – Mathew Gardener – Barnham Broom 3rd Steve Smith, Brad Smith, Mitch Smith 131 Professional – Ryan Pudney – Mundesley NEAREST THE PIN 4th Hole - Dennis Rowell STRAIGHTEST DRIVE 10th Hole - John Martin NEAREST THE PIN 18th Hole - Bernie McKeon

Straightest drive. John Martin. Team. 129 Joe Lambert, Jim McGrath, Bryn Playford & Andrew Kirk. . 130 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom), Brian Watson, Harry Grand & Martin Grocott. 131 Ryan Pudney, Brad Smith, Mitch Smith & Steve Smith.

Professionals. 66 Ryan Pudney, 68 Michael Few, 70 Matthew Gardner & Ian Ellis 71 Sam Cubitt (De Vere Dunston Hall) 72 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer). O.O.M. (After 5 events) 37 Points Michael Few 21 Ryan Pudney 18 Jason Groat 16 David Woolley 15 Ian Ellis 8 Lee Patterson.

Match-play Knock Out. In the quarter finals the winners were Tony Varney (Bawburgh) against Sam Cubitt (De Vere Dunston Hall), Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) against Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom), Mark Allen (Eaton) against Lewis Bates (Dereham) and Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) against Mike Jubb (Sheringham).




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Since our last article which appeared in the May/June 2013 edition of the magazine the Association has been involved in a number of events and these are reported on below. South East of England Schools’ Championships Buckingham Golf Club The Norfolk Schools’ team really excelled themselves at the South East Schools’ Championships held at Buckingham Golf Club. There were three Norfolk boys in the top four and four in the top ten which means that Norfolk had four boys playing in the English Schools’ National Championships to be held at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) on 23rd and 24th June 2013.

The day was not good as far as the weather was concerned with persistent rain all day but this didn’t seem to affect the boys greatly with Chris Hills of Easton College and Royal Cromer sinking a 15 foot par putt on the ninth, his final hole, to return an afternoon score of 69, the best round of the day. Added to his morning 74 this saw him take the title from Elliot Fullalove from Essex who also finished on 143. Closely following these two home were Alex Fellas, Easton College and Gt Yarmouth & Caister on 147 (73+74) in third place and one place further back, Nic Cains, Easton College and Thetford, on 151 (75+76). To complete Norfolk’s joy Luke Stannard, King Edward VII and Middleton Hall finished in 10th place on 155 (79+76) to fill the last place in the Regional Team for the National Championships. This is a great achievement for Norfolk and one we have never had before. Norfolk finished second in the Team Championship to Essex on the three out of four to count format.

In the girls’ event, Jessica Dixon, Easton College and Thetford finished in 8th place on 160 (78+82) to be selected as a reserve for the National Championships. Our other two very young girls, Amy Taylor and Jasmine Campbell, who had the highest handicaps in this scratch competition, acquitted themselves very well and show great promise for the future.

Boys 143 Chris Hills (Easton College, Norfolk) 74 69, Elliot Fullalove (Notley High School, Essex) 73 70; (Hills won on countback); 147 Alex Fellas (Easton College, Norfolk) 73 74; 151 Nic Cains (Easton College, Norfolk 75 76; 152 Robert Shaw (Nobel, Herts 78 74, Ryan Cox (Mayflower High School, Essex 76 76, Jack Dyer (Southend High School for Boys, Essex) 76 76; John Martin (Richard Hale, Herts) 76 76; 153 Jordan Bloomfield (Copleston High School, Suffolk) 74 79; 155 Luke Stannard (King Edward VII, Norfolk) 79 76.

South East Champions

Girls 149 Luan Skeates (West Herts College, Herts) 76 73; 150 Ashleigh Greenham (Forest School, Essex) 79 71; 152 Charlotte West (Misbourne School, Bucks) 73 79; 155 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Herts) 78 77; 156 Ella Ofstedahl (Harlington Upper, Beds) 79 77; 157 Alice Kozlowski (Misbourne School, Bucks) 79 78; 158 Megan Dennis (Samuel Whitbread Upper, Beds) 79 79; 160 Jessica Dixon (Easton College, Norfolk) 78 82, Georgina Blackman (Anglo European, Essex) 77 83

ESGA National Championships Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

At a superb venue, and against a very strong field, Easton College student Alex Fellas played his way into the English Schools’ team to take on the Welsh Schools by turning in an excellent performance at the English Schools’ Golf Association National Championships. The Great Yarmouth & Caister player opened his account with a level par 72 on what is a very long and tough course and followed it up with a 77 to finish on 5 over par and tied for 6th place.

The winner was Lancashire Schools’ Adam Stone who was 3 under par for the day to win by 4 shots. Alex, in his final year of eligibility, made the team at his third attempt and should even have played in the match against Scotland which is considered by the players to be the one to play in. However, he is off to college in the USA and wasn’t available for that

match. David Horsburgh, Chairman of both the English Schools’ Golf Association and Norfolk Schools’ Golf Association stated that he was very pleased for Alex who has supported schools’ golf over the last five years and felt the international cap was very well deserved.

top scorer with 11/2 points in the 10-8 England victory.

Alex in his England kit

He played really well to defeat Welsh He joins a select band of 6 boys and 3 girls from Boys’ International Norfolk who have gained Schools’ International honours Josh Davies by 1 over the past 10 years. No mean feat for such a small hole in the singles, a county and one envied by many larger counties. match liberally sprinkled with birdies Norfolk’s three other competitors didn’t fare quite so as the two biggest well with Nic Cains finishing in 32nd place and Luke hitters in the Stannard 40th place. Chris Hills, the South East International went Schools’ Regional Champion, unfortunately had to head to head in a withdraw after the first round due to illness. really tight game which was very National Schools’ Team Championship exciting for all the spectators. Earlier Woodhall Spa Golf Club in the morning The team representing Norfolk this year was Jasmine foursomes he Campbell, Harry Gillingwater and Tom Gomer all pupils partnered Jevaan Parmar of Leicestershire to a well at Aylsham High School. England Golf increased the fought half again with Josh Davies playing with Daniel number of teams to 36 this year and the Norfolk team King, also a Welsh Boys’ International. finished in 13th place with 72 points. The winning team Alex has represented Norfolk Schools for the last three was from Gloucestershire with 77 points so our team years and has been a very reliable performer were not that far behind. culminating in a third place at this year’s South East Schools’ Regional Championship and an excellent 6th ESGA U16 National Championships place in the English Schools’ National Championships Bolton Old Links Golf Club at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell). In 2012 he was also a It was with a distinct feeling of trepidation that we went member of the Norfolk Team which won the South East Schools’ Team Championship at Bury St Edmunds. to Lancashire for this event as in 2011 the competition had to be abandoned because the course was Norfolk Schools wish him all the best and look forward unplayable due to an unprecedented level of rainfall to seeing his continued success in his further education over the preceding two days and in 2012 the in America. championships were cancelled once again because of This win, from an English Schools’ point of view was, to heavy rainfall. However, we were fortunate to have say the least, unexpected when the Welsh fielded a brilliant sunshine which produced some very good scores. Norfolk Schools entered Toby Briggs of Thorpe team containing no fewer than six boys out of eight and St Andrew School, Amy Taylor of Wymondham College three girls out of four who represented Wales in the recent Home Internationals whereas English Schools and Amelia Williamson of Norwich School for Girls. Amelia finished in 5th place overall after a disappointing had only one girl in the same event. It proves in a way that there is strength in depth in Junior Golf in England. round of 85 in the morning, however, in the afternoon she shot a 72 which equalled the morning score of the The only outstanding fixture is the ESGA International v eventual girls’ champion, Eloise Healey. Amy Taylor, Scotland being played this year at West Kilbride Golf who was a last minute call in, finished in 10th place Club on 9th September 2013. Unfortunately, Norfolk overall whilst Toby Briggs fresh from his first outing in has no players in this event this year, however, Alex the England Golf McGregor Trophy finished in a Fellas, by finishing 6th equal in the National credible 10th equal with a score of 153 eight behind the Championships would have played had he been winner Jack Dyer of Essex on 145. available.

ESGA International England v Wales Lytham Green Drive Golf Club

Alex joins a select band of 7 boys and 3 girls from Norfolk who have gained Schools’ International honours over the past 10 years. 2003 David Wilson; 2004 Chase Davis; 2005 Chase Davis and Edwina Norfolk’s Alex Fellas, who has just finished his course Lowery-Gold; 2006 Stuart Ballingall; 2008 Luke at Easton College, gave an excellent farewell performance as he leaves to begin a college course in Johnson and Rebecca Heeles; 2009 Kit Holmes and Amber Ratcliffe; 2010 Matthew Bacon, Tom Clements, Florida, USA. Representing the English Schools’ Golf Association in their international match versus Wales at Rebecca Heeles and Amber Ratcliffe. A great feat for a Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, Lancashire, he was joint small county.




by Mike Devlin - Hon Secretary It's been a long hard summer for these doughty competitors, battling through round after round to emerge as finalists for the prospect of being crowned Champions for 2013. Weston Park hosted the finals and the course was presented in magnificent condition, a tribute to the hardworking greenstaff.

Cullington Team Nathan Pauling, Vernon Anderson, Aidan Tanner, Tony D'eath, Jake Metcalf, Roy Gee, Paul Hendrey and Neil Dade pictured with Club Captain Simon Metcalf

and 5 to Costessey Park with King's Lynn holding on to match 2, giving Costessey Park a 1st round lead of 12 holes and in spite of a valiant effort by the players from King's Lynn the afternoon round saw honours shared, leaving Myhill Trophy Team Captain James Ollington supported Costessey Park the winners by a 12 hole margin.

by Thaine Hacon, Scott Herd, Christos Fellas, Oliver Cribb, Steve Greatrex, Simon Clark and Scott Boon pictured along with Club Captain Rodney Beckett

Again a series of matches played in the very best of tradition with all players acquitting themselves well.

The Myhill Trophy final saw Great Yarmouth & Caister matched against Middleton Hall and what a CENTENARY TROPHY match........ the morning round was shared with both Great day, great course, great golf! teams bringing home 6 holes apiece and this left the Royal Norwich played host to 56 players in teams of afternoon round beautifully poised. 4, playing fourball betterball for the 2013 NCGU Centenary Trophy. Match 1 came in 2 holes to Gt Yarmouth & Caister, match 2 delivered a 1 hole victory to Middleton Hall, It was a close run affair with all golfers contributing match 3 also went to Middleton Hall, drawing level to a wonderful day. The eventual winners were the with a 1 hole win leaving everything to the last team from The Links Country Park (Captain Malcolm match. Munday, Toby Hunt, Bob Davies and Simon Marr) All the teams from both sides crowding the 18th green pulling for their respective players. Eventually Great Yarmouth emerged as victors with a 4 hole win, giving them a 4 hole win on the day. All players contributed to a splendid match, played in great heart and good spirit, despite some pretty tough weather conditions.


The Cullington Cup final was an equally thrilling encounter with Costessey Park up against King's Lynn...... the morning saw early leads for match 1, 3

with a great score of 80 stableford points just pipping

The Winning Team

the team from Royal Norwich (Captain Ady Myhill, Max McKittrick, David Day and Joe Robinson) on countback over the last six holes.

The Centenary Trophy Champions for 2013 were presented with the Trophy and personal mementoes by Royal Norwich President and past County President Peter Clarke. All players enjoyed a sumptuous post match meal with some sparkling conversation before finally wending their way home after a very successful day.


Sun shining, birds singing, wind a mere zephyr! What a wonderful day for a Championship Final.

Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club played host to this years final between Wensum Valley and Ryston Park. The course was delivered in true links style and the players had to use all their skills to navigate the course.


The annual match saw teams from Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Norfolk compete over 27 holes for the Keith Bass Trophy. The match was hosted at Flempton Golf Club in Suffolk, a fine venue. The weather also smiled and everyone enjoyed a wonderful day.

The Norfolk team delivered the goods when it mattered most. The eight man team produced an all round great team effort to take the Trophy, a feat not too often achieved. All the boys deserve hearty congratulations. A testimony to the dedication and teamwork of the boys and the County Coaching Team.

Four matches make up the final and the first match went the way of Wensum Valley by 7 holes, but quickly match two and three clawed back the deficit leaving the last match to decide the tie. Eventually the final pairing from Wensum Valley brought home a victory by 4 holes securing the Barnard Trophy for the first time in their history. County President Alan Winstanley together with Gt Yarmouth & Caister Captain Rodney Beckett, presented the trophy to a delighted Keith Chilverhouse, Captain of Wensum Valley and his team.

Of course it takes two to make such a final and Ryston Park as runners-up can be suitably proud of their achievement in reaching the final. All the players enjoyed a post match meal, cheerful conversations and some well deserved plaudits. Wensum Valley - Winners


If that wasn't good enough Sonny Williams of Norfolk produced the round of the day carding a nett 57 (yes 57) to take the individual nett trophy. Collecting the best gross score trophy was Harry Fricker (below) of Suffolk with a score of 108.

Ryston Park - Runners-up


SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP Sheringham played host to The Norfolk County Seniors' Championships. A fine tournament played in the best of spirits in a wonderful setting.

A record field of 105 players, including defending Champion David Pattrick of Royal Cromer, set off on the day all vying for the title of Norfolk County Seniors' Champion.

Playing in the event for the first time was Paul Whiting of Sheringham and after some magnificent play emerged as the Champion for 2013 after shooting a 74 . Paul along with the Trophy and title of Norfolk County Seniors' Champion will also go forward to represent Norfolk in the England Golf Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa. Chasing Paul all the way were John Tavener of Weston Park and Paul Pritty of Royal Norwich both returning scores of 75. Harvey Scott of King's Lynn and Doug Gilchrist of Weston Park were both a further shot behind each, recording a 76. Another home player, Ian Taylor, won the Seniors' Handicap Trophy with a nett 66.

Ian, who plays off 12, was closely followed by Chris Cavill of King's Lynn with a creditable nett 69. A further shot adrift was Les Grayston of Weston Park with a nett 70, with Mike Horley of Thetford and Barry Clarke completing the podium each with a nett 71. The Team Challenge Shield - Scratch was won by the Weston Park team of Doug Gilchrist, John Taverner & Anthony Gurney-Read with a total of 234 and the Team Shield - Handicap was won by the Sheringham team of Martin Read, Ian Taylor and Eric van Hoek with a total of 218 nett.

Seniors Handicap Team Champions

Seniors Scratch Team Champions

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Seniors Handicap Champion Ian Taylor

Terry Alderman (right) presenting Peter Matthews with the cup.

The Costessey Park Golf Club, inaugural Senior Masters competition, was sponsored by Peter Matthews. There were 29 competitors, the low turnout was due mainly to the club holiday to Canada and other golfing events. The weather was perfect for an event of this importance with the Costessey Park course presented in its usual wonderful way - a credit to the green staff. The event was a shotgun start which enabled all competitors to be there for the presentation of the prizes in Jerninghams clubhouse. The first prize was a Masters blazer and cup with 2nd, 3rd and 4th and various spot prizes also available. The winner was Peter Matthews with 42 points, runner-up Terry Alderman (Seniors Captain) with 40 points, 3rd place went to Godfrey Camilleri with 39 points and 4th place to Richard Oakley with 38 points. Although Peter Matthews was the overall winner, he presented the blazer to the runner-up, Terry Alderman.

Elaine wins Playle Shield with just 28 putts!

Recently the ladies from Middleton Hall Golf Club took part in a medal competition and the goal was to complete the round in the least number of putts, as well as trying to achieve a good handicap score too. So the best putter gets the Playle Shield and the lowest nett scorer gets the medal prize. The conditions on the day were very favourable for good play and resulted in some excellent scores being returned and some handicap cuts too!

Seen here on the left is the ladies' captain Chris Woolley with the winner of the Playle Shield, Elaine Calvert in the centre, who went round in just 28 putts and the medal winner Nesta Lake on the right, who scored a fantastic nett 66. Nesta won ocb from Kayleigh Lau (junior) who was playing in her first medal in the ladies' section and her excellent score got her a handicap cut from 40 to 38, so well done to her!


Ladies Invitation Day is a good way to meet up with friends, old and new, to enjoy a round of golf and this year over 100 members and their guests took to the fairways. After hole 9, refreshments were served to help players on their way to the next 9 holes. The presentation of the prizes took place after a meal in the clubhouse. The winners were Karen Freezer and Gemma Whitehead 43pts, 2. Fan Brown and Shelly Pleasance 40pts, 3. Joan Collison and Amanda Collison 39pts 4. Jo Skoulding and Amy Brown 38pts ocb. Nearest the pins on the 5th and 16th Jo Skoulding.


Pictured left to right Mike Johnson, Proprietor, Johns Taylor, Bob Foster and Brian Clapham, Senior’s Captain.

The Middleton Hall Golf Club 5th annual Senior’s Open, was well supported by 100 competitors representing 20 different clubs. Players enjoyed a brilliant sunny day playing an 18 hole Better Ball Stableford and a chance for Nearest the Pin on all par threes as well as Longest Drive and Straightest Drive holes. The club received great feedback from visitors on the day saying that the course was playing its best following 5 years of ongoing investment and improvements. Separate prizes were awarded for visitors and members. The visitor’s first place went to David Tasker and Chris Brooks with 45 points from Spalding Golf Club and members were Mike Forder and Roy Gladman with 45 points. The overall winners were John Taylor and Bob Foster with 46 points, from Middleton Hall.



John Rice (hc 12) & son Jonathan Rice (hc 12) took Dean Nixon & Martyn Wiles to the 19th hole before winning the Forgan Salvers in the play off. The competition was a men's pairs foursomes. Dean and Martin scored net 72.5 in the original competition, as did John and Jonathan. In the play-off both scored net 69.5 after 18 holes but the Father & Son pairing won on the first extra hole with a four to their five.



Joe Flogdell served 18 years as Ryston Park Secretary/Treasurer. A presentation evening was held to present Joe with an engraved bowl. Pam Saxby & John Rice now cover the office. John also covers the Men’s handicaps and competitions while Pam Saxby covers Administration & Finance. Joe has been a dedicated member of Ryston Park Golf Club for many years and served the club well. It is hoped he will continue to be seen at the club for a round of golf.

A new high specification advenure golf course "Congo Rapids" is under construction at the Norwich Family Golf Centre, near the Norfolk showground at Easton. The 18-hole course will be similar in style to courses in the USA and feature a range of large water features, including rafts to travel across water between holes, waterfalls, a real plane and a jeep integrated into the course as well as a host of Congo jungle themed features. David Moore from Taverham is behind the venture, and says “There’s not many things to do in and around Norwich if you want a couple of hours of entertainment at a reasonable price. Our children have always enjoyed adventure golf, but you don’t always want to drive to the coast. We were so impressed with the quality of the courses while on a family holiday to Orlando (Florida) that we thought we’d design a course of the same quality back home. I’ve been working with a Swedish company responsible for the construction of over 200 adventure golf courses throughout Europe in order to get the design just right.” Mr Moore will sub-let the land for the course from Norwich Family Golf Centre owner Robert Barnard who said: “We’re really pleased that David is locating his course alongside our facilities. It’s a great way of introducing children to golf. It will also be a great venue when combined with our cafe / sports bar for childrens parties and adult events." The course should be open in December 2013

The Kings Lynn Club Championship is a 36 hole competition, played off scratch with play of a high standard and keenly contested. This year saw the winner Paul Reade complete two excellent rounds of 68 and 71 gross and is the third time he has been the winner of the competition. The runners up were Jack Yule with a two round score total of 145 and third Luke Johnson with 147. The handicap prize was won by Richard Brown with a nett 142.


43 ps

S. Tuck – R. Gould

41 ocb

T. Futter – R. Tuck N. Elmar – R. Peel B. Vassallo – P. Houlton P. Foreman – J. Morton P. List – M. Scase D. Olley – G. Stratton D. Moore – D. Playford B. Playford – A. Kirk K. read – R. Bennett G. Cocker – B. King T. Pavlyuk – J. Reeve B. Watson – H. Grand P. Nelson – I. Ridge T. Jarvis – M. Cheetham T. Hegarty – B. Reynolds P. Jonas – R. Greeves P. Anthony – D. Burgis

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B. Mckeon – C. Baynes



The winners on the far and second left Ian Slegg and Kevin Webb with their playing partners R Gould and S Tuck

David Palmer President with Secretary Graham Cocker

K. Read M. Grocott D. Ramshaw D. Olley R. Lawrence D. Burgis W. Rawlings K. Webb J. Jones D. Playford C. Baynes I. Ridge D. Moore P. Nelson M. Cheetham B. Reynolds

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Mrs J. Seppings Mrs A. Rowell Ms B. Townsend Miss J. Robotham

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Ladies Mid Week


Scratch League Final

by Norman Blanch - Junior Secretary Played at Eaton Golf Club between Royal Norwich & Bawburgh on a cold, wet and very windy day. Teams for Royal Norwich:- Dan Henderson, Tom Nudd, Tom Clements, Chris Lamb and Scott Nicholls. Bawburgh:- Ben Rawsthorne, Gary Clarke, Harry Brister, Justin Fordham and Jack Cullington. Good golf was played on the front 9 but the better golf was played on the back 9. At the turn Royal Norwich lead in 4 down in 1. All matches went to the 18 green with Bawburgh turning the result round to win three and half to one and half. Dan lost to Ben 2 down, Tom N lost to Gary 2 down, Tom C halved with Harry, Chris lost 1 down to Justin and Scott beat Jack by 2 holes.

Bawburgh (left to right) Justin Fordam, Jack Cullington, Ben Rawsthorne, Peter Clarke (Norfolk Golf Union) Harry Brister and Gary Clarke.

Richmond Park Seniors Invitation

A record entry of 28 members of the Richmond Park Seniors’ section and their guests arrived full of optimism on a superb day for playing golf, with high hopes of carrying off the splendid trophy which had been donated by the Eastern Daily Press. The course was in excellent condition, thanks to a light sprinkling of rain and some good work by head Greenkeeper Stephen Curtis and his team. The competition, a pairs Stableford betterball, was fiercely contested with just six points separating the top ten places. There was, of course, the usual number of hard luck stories of putts that lipped out, and unbelievably bad bounces – none of which detracted from a really enjoyable day. The winning pair of Clive Gibbons and his guest John Scott, seen here receiving the EDP Winner of the Bawburgh Golf Club Championship Trophy from scratch trophy, Ben Rawsthorne (left). Nett trophy Senior was winner was Ben Aldous (right). Captain Heacham Manor holds John Crowdy, 3rd Seniors Open amassed Heacham Manor were proud to stage their 3rd seniors a very with all the golfers competing in a fourball better ball creditable score of 47 points. In second place were format for the trophy. John Perry and guest Tom Holyoak who, with 44 As the teams returned to the Hotel it was evident that points, just edged out Mike Hely and Dennis Cheek the favourable conditions had helped, the majority of by a single point. players return good scores, with the top 5 teams all The nearest the pin prize for the 6th hole was won by scoring above 40 stableford points. John Perry, with regular visitor Eric Papworth taking Last years winners Tony O’Connell and Evan Kemp the honours on the 17th hole. Guest Hamish Reid were keen to defend their title, however it was not achieving the difficult feat of nearest the pin in two to be for them and the top 3 places all went to shots on the tricky 10th hole. Heacham Manor members with David Hutchinson Winning guest John Scott, was fulsome in his praise and Geoff Ward who came in first with a superb of the course, and thanked organiser David Wakeford 46 pts followed by Ron Kent and Graham Reeves for putting on a very professional event. He went on to with 44 and Chris Watson and Dennis Snell in express his hope that he would be invited for the 2014 3rd on count back with 40 pts. event so as to defend his title.

Marriott Sprowston Manor - A great winter course!

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Sept Medal: Division 1 Jeanette Nash 93-21=72. Jan Somerville 86-14=72. Brenda Neill 92-20=72. Division 2 Val Tufnell 97-31=66. Barbara Stevenson 99-29=70. Sheila Hussey 100-27=73 Autumn Cup: Elaine Thexton 21=34pts. Di Smith 21=33pts. Pam Dibley 34=31pts.






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