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Busy week of finals at Rookery Park Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 08:59 29 September 2017

Rookery Park  Spashett Cup winner Stephen George. Picture: Billy Donachie

Rookery Park Spashett Cup winner Stephen George. Picture: Billy Donachie

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The previous week saw the completion of Rookery Park's major knock out competitions, with a number of family connections in the winners' list.

Father and son pairing Kevin and Patrick Fitzgerald, playing in the Richard Long Salvers, completed a superb comeback against the experienced pairing of Carl Fisher and Geoff Reeves. Midway through the morning round they found themselves five down but they recovered to finish three down at lunch. Going into the second round Kevin and Patrick dug deep to overturn the deficit, recovering five holes, to eventually run out winners 2&1.

The major singles handicap knockout competition, the Spashett Cup, saw Stephen George follow up his fine semi-final win over Steve Cocca to beat the in-form multiple prize winner Geoff Edwards. This was followed up by his son, Elliot George, beating Matt Freeman to lift the Long Handicap Cup which is contested by golfers within a 16 to 24 handicap. They now join wife and mum respectively Jayne as major winners this year.

The Rabbits Cup is for golfers at the higher end of the handicap range and in a battle between two players new to the pressure of finals Daniel Bolton manage to edge out David Eckersley.

At the other end of the spectrum the Scratch Cup is played without any handicap allowance and usually sees the club’s best golfers contest the final over 36 holes. This year was no exception as Luke Thompson beat Calvin Sherwood in the closest of matches to win on the last hole,

Calvin had held a slender one hole advantage at lunch but a three under par front nine holes in the afternoon saw Luke seize the advantage and take victory.

The final of the Seniors’ Section Black Mamba Cup saw first time entry Paul Kemp beat three time winner Roger Hutton 3&2. Paul joins his uncle Glen as a major winner this year.

In the Ladies’ Section Julia Calver retained the Sayo Cup. On the day players found scoring difficult and Julia was the only player to beat the CSS with her 77. Runner-up was Carole Bostock with her score of nett 79.

The Professional Trophy introduced a speed challenge where a team of four, playing alternate shots, had to record the fastest time on the 18th hole. The winning time was a remarkable 48.9 seconds, amazing considering the normal time for this hole is 15 minutes.

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