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Rookery Park’s Help for Heroes competition is a big success

PUBLISHED: 16:17 20 October 2017

Rookery Park Golf Club’s lead-up to Christmas began with the Help for Heroes Charity event.

Organised by Jim Chamberlin, and now in its ninth year, the competition goes from strength to strength and features a superb prize table.

Around 100 players took part and incredibly five pairs all scored 47 points versus a net par score of 36 points.

Gordon Maclean and Graeme Brown came out on top with a back nine holes of 25 points, helped by Gordon’s superb eagle on the final hole. Runners-up were the in-form Conal Downing and Ross Ritchie while third place went to Mark Elmy and Dave Waldron.

The ladies’ prize went to Jayne George and Lorainne Hall while the real winner on the day was the Help for Heroes Charity as a total of £950 was raised on the day, with Barclays Bank donating an additional £750.

The first of the five series of Turkey competitions started in near perfect conditions. Once again the scoring was exceptional as Andy Coleman and Dan Bolton combined superbly to blow away the field with 49 points, the highlights being birdies on the four par threes.

They were six clear of runners-up Craig Bloodworth and Graham Garrod, with third place, also scoring 43 points, Paul Perry and the in-form Graeme Brown. Fourth place went to Julian Peak and Keith Bagot who edged another in-form pair of Geoff Edwards and Paul Harrison on a countback. Geoff and Paul followed up on their 44 point third place in the first of the winter local golf clubs’ alliance competitions.

The Best Friends Cup qualifier was organised as a pairs stableford with the leading pairs progressing to the match play, knock-out rounds. A closely-contested field saw Rob Cook and John Marjoram lead the qualifiers with a score of 45 points. The three other pairs making up the semi-finals were Barry Eastaugh and Simon Coote, Paul Soloman and Richard Utton, and Stephen Powell and Mark Chilvers.

One the most succesful social evenings again saw some fine scoring. The winning team of Alan’s Aces scored a remarkable 20 out of 20 in the sports section sds well as displaying a wide general knowledge. The next social event has a wide variety of team games. Experts in darts, snooker, backgammon and bridge should sign up early.

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