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Boon time at Rookery Park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 July 2010

THE Fred Turrell Foursomes is the only Rookery major trophy which involves the foursomes format and this year's winners were David Charlie Knights and Richard Boon, who should have been playing with his father, Roger.

THE Fred Turrell Foursomes is the only Rookery major trophy which involves the foursomes format and this year's winners were David Charlie Knights and Richard Boon, who should have been playing with his father, Roger.

The Boon combination had already won the Lads'n Dads and the Family Greensomes twice but, with dad unable to play, single figure handicapper David Knights stepped in.

The new partnership had immediate success when they birdied their first hole.

From then on they missed only two fairways and played consistent golf, with an excellent short game.

They compiled a score of 79 gross. Knights took up golf in 1983, after some rounds on the Dip Farm par three course.

After turning his attentions from football to golf, his handicap came down steadily and he won the Long Salvers with past captain Neil Highfield and, to his surprise, the Ted Swann Cup partnered by former captain and president, Sooty Corbett.

Richard is the latest in a long line of outstanding golfers from the Boon family.

Surprisingly, due to footballing commitments, he did not take up golf until he was 25-years-old.

His victory in the Larkin Cup is never brought up in the family home.

Just before the competition he had confiscated his dad's putter because he was fascinated by the brilliant putting father was achieving with the club, which had been handed down by the legendary Arthur Boon, Richard's grandfather.

On the last green in the Larkin Cup, Roger, the father, was faced with a three foot putt to win the trophy.

In the pressure of the moment and uncomfortable with an alien putter, he stabbed the ball wide of the cup.

Worse was to follow. He then learned that son Richard had been declared the winner of the cup.

Roger Boon is in the Rookery archives as the only man to lose a major trophy by being beaten with his own putter.

Other prizes in the Fred Turrell Foursomes went to Ray Flook with Mick Dolan 38pts, Carl Skelton with David Waldron 36pts, Paul Highfield with Graham Bunning and Tony Atkinson with Darren Gotts 35pts.

Gary Boyd, whose golfing career had been uninspired, received a shock when he realised his son, Taylor, had won a prize in a stableford competition.

He immediately dusted down his instruction books, went out in the Thursday Stableford and shot a winning score of 42pts.

Mike Penny, 37pts and Richard Alderton 34pts took the other prizes. Paul Gardiner 19pts won the 9 Hole Stableford from David Adams and Chris Reynolds.

Billy Firmin, like Hambold colleague Robin Turner in the previous stableford, claimed the final prize.

Bets are on Ronnie Capps and Peter Wooden to complete a Hambold hat-trick.

David Batley

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