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Bob Griffin wins the Easter Cup at Southwold Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 16:07 12 April 2012

Alan Bagley (club captain) passes the Easter Cup to winner Bob Griffin (left).

Alan Bagley (club captain) passes the Easter Cup to winner Bob Griffin (left).

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While much of the golfing world was focused on the drama of the US Masters at the Augusta National, Southwold Golf Club's rather less well-rewarded members were competing for the club's own major - the Easter Cup.

The field was smaller than has been usual in previous years but the competition was nevertheless tough, with most of the club’s low-handicappers in the mix.

Gerry Martin, who won the Easter Cup back in 2002, was in fine form from the outset. Although he hadn’t had time to re-model his swing on that of Bubba Watson, he overcame Paul Booth and then Alex Taylor in the first two rounds.

On a roll, he then took the scalp of Paul Sherwood to claim his place in the final. Playing off 14, he’d got there by the tough route: his opponents all play off five or below.

Bob Griffin had what on paper was the easier route, after overcoming a tough opponent in Peter Hurr in the first round. Then, against players closer to his own handicap, he progressed to the final for the second year in a row, leaving his driver in the bag and relying on his trusty three wood.

Steady but unremarkable, Bob would say, other than the 1ft putt that he missed on the eighth in one round.

Chilly conditions and light rain prevailed for the final on Easter Sunday afternoon but, despite their exertions in the morning’s semis, Gerry and Bob were still standing and fit for the fray. Bob pulled out a four shot lead by the 14th and looked well-placed to hold on to that.

However, Gerry was still fighting, and when he won the 15th to reduce the arrears to a dormie position, the gallery of following spectators envisaged a tense final three holes, and possibly a sudden death play-off. However, the leader kept his nerve and the match ended with his 3 and 2 victory.

This is the culmination of an interesting progression for Bob Griffin. He lost to Tom Kirtley in the semi-final of the 2010 Easter Cup, lost in the final to Darren Jordan last year, and has now climbed on to the top of the podium. As Bob himself says “no longer the bridesmaid!”.

Keith May

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