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A highly successful Suffolk Golf Day took place on 8th August at Hintlesham Golf Club. The list was oversubscribed as it was last year, but 128 players took to the course in 28 teams of 4. Combined Stableford scoring was the order of the day.
As usual, a cheery Chris Lynch-Bates was overseer, ably supported by Maureen Sheron of Fynn Valley who gave up her whole day to help. The weather was good, spirits were generally high. Suffolk’s sponsor, Mr Detmar Hackman, and County Captain, Sarah Saggers, presented the prizes between them.
The raffle made £409 and County Funds felt the benefit, too. The exact figure will be made known later. The competition for the longest drive was declared void as, somehow, the markers did not make it to the chosen hole!
131 pts (golf shoes) Rebecca Rolingson, Kerry Enever, Jenny Chamberlin, Rebecca Draper (Diss);
124 on countback (Sabona bracelets): Jean Haste, Rita Bird, Geraldine Tedder, Jenny Whinney (Woodbridge);
124 (sports bags) Paula Tennent, Alison Mitchell, Jane Davis Sue Knights (Hintlesham);
121 on countback (Shoe Bags): Sylvia Pearce, Jane Foster (Stowmarket), Jude Hanner (Felixstowe), Sue Cooper (Newton Green);
121 (pouch bags): Sylvia Studd, Pat Cofield, Di Hegarty, Sarah Wales (Felixstowe);
121 (golf towels): Amanda Parks, Di Griffiths, Hilary Noss, Pat Sharp (Felixstowe);
120 (golf socks): Eunice Gray, Claire Wass, Susie Whymark, Alison Taylor (Woodbridge).
Nearest the Pin (scorecard holder): June Smart (The Suffolk).
Thanks to Chris Lynch-Bates for the information.
The players on the day. Suffolk on the left and Cambs & Hunts on the right.
Suffolk Seniors' fifth match of the 2016 season was played on 19th August at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club against Cambs & Hunts Veterans. The closely contested four-ball-better ball match played off scratch ended in a draw.
The visitors won the first point by 4/2. Jane Darling played well, "carrying" Tessa Summers most of the way! Match two was a 4/2 win for the experienced Suffolk pairing of Jo Moore and Sue Tyler. It had its ups and downs with a pair of birdies on the first hole and the wrong ball played by both teams on twelve. Match three and four cancelled each other out, a winning point going to each team. Suffolk Seniors maintain their unbeaten record this season and special thanks go to Janet Christmas, Marriette Robbertse and Jane Darling all making their season's debut.
Results (Suffolk names first):
Tessa Summers & Jane Darling lost to Gina Cameron & Liz Alderson 4/2;
Sue Tyler & Jo Moore bt Edie Douglas & Greta Barclay 4/2;
Jude Hanner & Janet Christmas bt Helen Verrechia &Hazel Suswain 2/1;
Marriette Robbertse & Pauline Hawes lost to Grace Eastment & Lesley Gilchrist 3/2.
Final Result: Suffolk 2, Cambs & Hunts 2.
Thanks to Tessa Summers, Seniors Organiser
Pictured (back row left to right) Miss Hermione Scrope, Suffolk President, Lottie Whyman and Sharon Luckman (Ipswich), Sarah Saggers, County Captain.
Seated (left to right): Eloise Aldous, Cate Fraser, Newton Green Captain, and Alice Barlow.
Alice Barlow and Eloise Aldous played some really good golf to wrest the Haskell Trophy from last year’s winners, Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman (Ipswich). The margin of 6/4 was probably larger than expected as the first eighteen holes of the 36-hole contest ended with no advantage to either side.
Lunch was a somewhat hurried affair as the match returned to the fray within half an hour in accordance with the arrangement made with the Bury St Edmunds Golf Club who had another event following on at 12.30. Alice and Ellie had won this event before and, on that occasion, too, they played a steady eighteen holes, then leapt out of the trap, winning the first six or seven holes after lunch. This time it was the first four holes of the second eighteen that went their way, thanks in part to three birdies and, by the eighth, they had advanced the score to six holes up.
Ipswich were struggling on the greens at this point, striking the ball well, but playing a rather scrappy short game. Relief came at five when Lottie holed a good length putt for four but Ellie followed her in for the half. A huge drive from Whyman at seven offered a possible decisive advantage but Newton Green made four and Ipswich were unable to better it.
The 311 yard eighth was reduced to a drive and a short approach by two enormous belts from Sharon and Eloise but Alice produced the better shot to the pin and a par was sufficient to increase the Newton Green lead to six. The score remained the same for the next three holes then, on twelve, Newton Green unexpectedly got into a ravel. Under a tree at the top of the hill from the tee, two further efforts found them unable to recover from undergrowth at the back of the green. Meanwhile, Ipswich played two classic shots to finish some few feet from the pin and a concession reversed the score to five down.
The par three thirteenth was played in regulation which brought the match to the tricky fourteenth where line and length is paramount. The Ipswich tee shot was low and slightly left. Their second allowed a little too much for the slight dog leg left and found a bunker on the right. Some distance from the green, the escape did not go to plan, the ball hitting the bunker lip on exit. Meanwhile, Alice, taking the second after a mighty drive from Eloise, hit an elegant shot which skirted the right hand trees and finished a few feet short of the green. Lottie followed it with a perfect strike ending up pin high within possible, if missable, putting distance from the pin. Ellie chipped up. Sharon’s putt slid by the cup and the hole and the match was conceded. Six and four to Newton Green.
It was a thoroughly entertaining game for the spectators, though doubtless frustrating for Ipswich who were not truly at their best but remained good-natured and cheerful throughout. Wholly satisfying for the winners, however. Having just returned from Junior County Match Week where they had both played well, they were patently in the groove, for them an enjoyable and happy outcome.
The County Captain thanked the golf club for its hospitality and Mr and Mrs Vic Brega for making it possible for the final to be played on the day of their Club competition.
Final result: Alice Barlow & Eloise Aldous (Newton Green) bt Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman (Ipswich) 6/4.