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 Funtime at Seckford...


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Junior, Jasmine Points (left) with her lady partner, Alice Barlow, holding the trophy  for the Lady/Junior Foursomes competition played at Seckford Golf Club on Saturday, 20th October.  


Scoring a wonderful 40 points, Alice and Jasmine played with Christiane and Sophie Kubitzek.  The field was small, just six pairings, but it was a very happy occasion, organised with great aplomb by Alice.  Suffolk Captain, Vanessa Bell, was delighted with the great atmosphere and the good humour that added colour to the occasion and proved the point that numbers, though desirable, are not all-important. As she said, 'it doesn't have to be big to be beautiful!'  

Vanessa said she had some great feedback from those involved.  Jess Buck's father sent a message which said 'it was brilliant today and Alice did a great job, helped by her Mum and Dad.   Sally (Slaymaker) and Jess really enjoyed themselves although they did not play that well.  Apparently they had a lot of laughs...'   They were playing with Joan Cook and Rio Everett.  Sheila Laws partnered Natasha Gregory, their foursome completed by Gloria Rockliff and Charlotte Gregory.

The food got a big write-up as well!  There was plenty for everyone including drivers and parents who enjoyed some sandwiches and chips along with the players.   The day was rounded off by Jasmine who toured the dining room offering the chocolates she had received as her prize.

Perhaps news of this happy competition will filter through and produce a glut of enthusiastic partnerships for next year.

Thanks to Vanessa for the information.


Felixstowe Ferry  lost the Stearn Trophy to Diss but retained the Haskell Trophy...



On the first green after lunch.   Diss (in red) and Felixstowe playing for the Stearn Trophy

The Stearn Trophy, featuring its three foursomes pairings, went out first on finals day in a bid to finish its matches around the same time as the single-pairing Haskell. The arrangement worked out very well. In fact the whole day did, largely thanks to organiser, Debbie Anthistle, who was indefatigable in ensuring everyone's enjoyment. In turn she gave credit and thanks to Stowmarket Golf Club for their considerable help and encouragement. 

At lunch, Diss were up in two matches and Felixstowe Ferry were up in the other. Diss were in determined mode and really held their nerve. Their first pairing of Sarah Gotts and Becky Draper turned the tables on Jude Hanner and Alice Wan climbing back to square and reaching the twelfth tee two holes to the good. Team number two, Jane Izod and Val Mendham, consolidated their lunchtime position of four up, moving on to five up at the same point, while Philippa Bridges and Jenny Chamberlin were also five up with seven holes to go.

Izod and Mendham piled on the pressure against Sheila Jarvis and Pam Evans, claiming the point on thirteen for Diss. Linda Whybrow and Allison Kemp (Felixstowe Ferry) took Bridges and Chamberlin to the sixteenth before surrendering, this point giving Diss the match with one game left out on the course.  In a ding-dong battle with never much in it, Felixstowe's Hanner and Wan against Gotts and Draper, went to the thirty-sixth, where the Diss partnership polished off a clean sweep for their team by one hole.




Diss won the Stearn twenty years ago. They were delighted to have captured it again this year. 

It was a vintage Haskell final. The Felixstowe Ferry team, sisters Jo Woodward and Amanda Norman, put on a display of good golf, great ball striking and tidy work around the greens. They were matched by an equally impressive team from Rookery Park. Hannah Rees, continuing a very welcome return to competitive action, hit the ball powerfully and was well supported by her efficient partner, Carole Bostock. The four players produced a close and interesting match which promised to be a cliff-hanger.

Felixstowe took an early lead, moving to four up before Rookery Park pulled back, lunching just one hole adrift. The first after lunch went Felixstowe's way. The second hole was taken as an agreed half, the hole being virtually under re-construction. Rees played the better second shot at the third and redressed the balance. Norman sank a tramliner at seven for two up and followed it with an enormous drive right round the dog-leg for those who know the eighth. Rees wasn't far behind but Rookery didn't match the Felixstowe par four. Three up.

Rees's neat chip at nine followed by Bostock's putt was good enough for the win. Back to two down. Felixstowe won ten with a par four for three up but lost twelve when both their drive and second shot faded to the right. Felixstowe two up again. Rookery won thirteen, creeping closer to all square. That was not to be as Felixstowe won sixteen, to stand two up with two holes to go. It looked for all the world as if it might take more than thirty-six holes to separate the pairs, particularly when Felixstowe made a jumble of seventeen and Rookery's steady progress took the match to the 132-yard par three thirty-sixth.

Here, Rookery went just through the green off the tee while Felixstowe finished on the upslope, just short. Rookery couldn't quite capitalise on their position and conceded the hole and match. Felixstowe Ferry 2 up. Exciting, and good viewing. Just what one likes to see in this, the flagship inter-club competition of the county.

The Felixstowe Captain, Di Heggarty was thrilled to receive the elegant trophy. Relieved, too, since her teams had reached all three inter-club competition finals and the Cranworth and the Stearn Trophies had already gone in other directions.

It was a very good day all round.  Well played Everyone! 

Haskell Trophy. Felixstowe Ferry (Jo Woodward & Amanda Norman) bt Rookery Park (Hannah Rees & Carole Bostock) 2 up. Stearn Trophy (Diss names first): Sarah Gotts & Becky Draper bt Jude Hanner & Alice Wan 1 up; Jane Izod & Val Mendham bt Sheila Jarvis & Pam Evans 6/5; Philippa Bridges & Jenny Chamberlin bt Linda Whybrow & Allison Kemp 3/2. Final result: Diss 3, Felixstowe Ferry 0.


Julie Latimer-Jones