We are always looking for news and views from all of you whenever there is something going on. If you can send a photograph, please include visible personnel, from left to right with forenames and surnames, so that we can all know who they are.
Karen Korzack, who often sends us delightful photographs when we need them, could have been the subject herself last month. She couldn't take the picture though, because she was busy playing a 9-hole Stableford and, even more excitingly, holing out in one at a Fynn Valley's short sixth hole. This was particularly special because Karen has suffered major strokes and lost much mobility. But, with great determination, she has fought back and is now happily playing golf again. This morning (5th December), I met her as she came off the course on a beautiful, but frosty morning. She said it was so frosty, she and her friends had to keep stopping to scrape the ice off their shoes. What a great example to all of us on the subject of never giving up! Thanks to Chris Lynch-Bates for spilling the beans.
We thought Alice Barlow had finished her last year as a junior with her victory in the Suffolk Junior Matchplay Championship, but no! She has just returned from an exciting week at Quinta do Lago where she came a hugely creditable seventh out of 40,000 initial entrants in the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship.
The event is played over 54 holes. Three days of concentrated golf on the difficult North Course, set at pro-level length and with lightning fast greens is demanding. Alice returned 77, 82, 79 which secured that very special seventh place.
Particularly memorable was her second shot over water at the challenging twelfth hole where her ball soared into the sky and landed several feet from the pin. Wonderful! Alice’s verdict: ‘The week was a fantastic experience. It is one I shall remember for the rest of my life.’
Thank you to justifiably proud parents, Mark and Jenny, for keeping us up to date with the young Barlow's exploits. The news has made very good, happy reading and we are delighted at the success which Alice has earned all year. We look forward to seeing what she can do in the serried ranks of ladies’ golf in 2017.
On the left is 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'! Go Alice...
Alice Barlow (Newton Green) won her umpteenth competition of the season at Fynn Valley when she beat Georgia Parker (Bury St Edmunds) to take the County Junior Matchplay title.
Although Alice ran out the winner on the thirteenth, Georgia had put up a good fight. Outgunned by her opponent, she halved several holes with the much more experienced Alice and was still smiling at the end.
Alice leaves the Junior ranks this year and we look forward to seeing more of her as she joins the ladies. As for Georgia, she also has had a very productive year around the county and has considerably reduced her handicap since the beginning of 2016. We hope she will go on from strength to strength. By the way, she escaped before we could get a photograph of her!
Thanks to Sarah Howe for the information.
It was a great day for Haverhill's happy line-up seen above, as they won a really tight third match to clinch the Stearn Trophy for their club by two matches to one at Halesworth (3rd October). Val Shipp, the Ladies Captain, and Doreen Darby, Captain of the team on the day, shared the limelight with (from the left) Mary Sail, Linda Alexander, Anna Fairhead, Lyn Fish, Mandy Williamson and Sally Price.