Calvin Sherwood top of the tee at Rookery

PUBLISHED: 14:41 14 September 2010

Rookery Park GC winner Calvin Sherwood.

Rookery Park GC winner Calvin Sherwood.


TWO trophies, the Marshall and Warner Cups, which were presented to the club in the early days of the Pakefield era, have featured recently as the Rookery summer programme draws to a close.

Both were presented by local businessmen. Nothing is known about Mr Marshall but Mr Warner is known have owned a fishing business on the seafront. He presented his cup with the intention of it being played for in the bogey format but it generated so much confusion that it was changed to a straight forward medal.

This year’s winner was the young Stenson star, Calvin Sherwood, who thought that he had ruined his chances when he ran up an ugly seven on the second hole. Sound golf, including two birdies, after the set-back, however, saw him finish on 69 net and win on a countback from Tony Atkinson.

In a remarkable opening three holes Sherwood and his two partners, Marcus Flute and Darren Curtis, produced every score from a birdie three to a triple bogey eight.

Gerry Hardiman, David Porter, 71 net, Sam Jaggard, and Richard Alderton 72 net, took the remaining prizes. Sherwood also won the Rookery Junior Championship.

Jack Harper was leading the field and went out watch Sherwood play the last two holes. He could only stand helplessly and watch his rival sink a 20ft putt on the 17th hole and a 12ft putt on the last hole to beat him by a single shot.

The Marshall Cup fell into the hands of the legendary Boon family when Richard won with 67 net. It could have been won by his father, Roger, who produced an excellent first half score. On the 10th hole, however, he thought it was time to show the son just how far dad could hit the ball with a driver. After winding himself up and releasing himself into the ball with such venom that he came close to a hernia, he could only stand and watch as the ball sailed out of bounds and was last seen heading for the old greens’ barn. The triple bogey which followed left dad’s effort in ruins.

David Brown, a rejuvenated Mark Saunders and John Marjoram all scored 68 net whilst Andy Crisp, 72 net, took the final prize.

After a series of successful Tolly performances, Mike Chaplin lost his form totally. He felt he needed a complete break and paid a visit to New York. It paid off handsomely when he returned to win the Optional Stableford with 41pts. Guy Mummery has taken over from Ollie Kent as the “nearly man” by gaining another top place with 40pts. Calvin Sherwood finished third with 38pts.

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