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Bishop is brilliant

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 11 May 2010

ROOKERY Park has just experienced the week when the club's seniors staged a golfing spectacular to redress the juniors' domination of the major events.

ROOKERY Park has just experienced the week when the club's seniors staged a golfing spectacular to redress the juniors' domination of the major events.

In the Greg Norman Medal, despite the presence of all of the top juniors in the field, seasoned campaigners Glyn Bishop and Ken Sanson fought out a dramatic finish.

Despite an outward half of 38net, which included an out-of-bounds on the ninth hole, Bishop regained his composure and, with a birdie and five pars, came home in 31net to win on a countback.

He had previously won the Suffolk Alliance with Deryck Halliday and the Rookery Invitation Day, as well as several Turkeys and a Seniors' Stableford.

He took up golf when his football career ended, having joined Lowestoft Town as a goalkeeper following trials with Ipswich Town when Sir Alf Ramsay was manager.

Bishop also had a successful cricket career with Kirkley.

Hambro stars Jason Hipperson and Graham Shillings, as well as Mike Woods, also scored 69 net to take the remaining prizes on a countback.

To complete the surge of the seniors, Brian Spence achieved his ambition to do something noteworthy on the golf course during his 80th year.

He struck the sweetest of five woods from the ninth teebox and watched in awe as his ball rose high into the air, sail over the large bunker before landing gently on the green, rolling up to the pin and disappearing into the cup.

He had scored his first hole-in-one.

The 25 handicapper took up golf after ending a career as a professional rugby player for Hull Kingston Rovers.

Although having played golf in France and Ireland he has never entered a club competition. Enjoying the company and repartee with colleagues and gaining the fresh air and exercise are his main motivations.

His 80th year hole-in-one, he admits, did give him immense pleasure and added a large slice of spice to his golfing career. David Batley

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