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Captain Clements claims cup

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:30 05 July 2010

Rookery Park's Larkin Cup has been won by new Stenson captain Dean Clements with a superb performance and a score of 65 net.

A former local footballer, Dean took up golf in the year 2000 at the age of 39.

Rookery Park's Larkin Cup has been won by new Stenson captain Dean Clements with a superb performance and a score of 65 net.

A former local footballer, Dean took up golf in the year 2000 at the age of 39.

His progress was interrupted when he studied for a BSc in Occupational Therapy but he eventually won the Millennium Bowl and the Best Friend's Cup and the Ted Swann Memorial both with Graeme Brown.

Dean is now down to a seven handicap. Young Luke Thompson came close to a spectacular double when, after recently winning the Lowestoft Challenge Cup, he also scored a 65 net only to lose on a countback. Other scores included Jason Hipperson 67 net, Sam Jaggard 68 net and Alan Westgate 70 net.

The Parks trophy was presented by former Suffolk president Maurice Parks and it has become the county's major inter-club competition for top seniors.

In the first round Rookery Park defeated Waldringfield and the star performers were John Knight, a former Hambro player and David Porter of Tolly fame. The pair won 3 up.

In one match astute caddy Bo Bidle noted that an opponent was playing with a now illegal driver.

The oversight cost Waldringfield 18 holes which could have influenced the outcome. Fortunately, such costly errors are usually only made once.

The senior section of Rookery Park Golf Club held their annual Reg Palmer team event at the course.

The event is for senior men's teams from across Norfolk and Suffolk and consists of ten players from each of the competing clubs playing in a four ball better ball situation, with the top four pairs cards from the five pairs in each team to count.

This year there was fourteen teams entered from as far a field as Royal Cromer, Eaton, Costessey, Yarmouth & Caister, Halesworth, Caldecott Hall, Thorpeness, Fynn Valley, Gorleston, Southwold, Bungay, Dereham, Diss and Rookery Park.

With excellent weather conditions and a field of one hundred and forty players, the event proved to be a great success.

However the home team failed to fulfil their true potential and finished in eleventh place.

But this did not deter from an excellent days golf on a wonderful day for weather, with some very creditable scores coming in at the end.

The team winners with 150 points were Halesworth, followed by Eaton with 149 and in third place was Royal Cromer with 146 on count back.

In the individual pairings the top spot went to Holmes and Kudar from Bungay with Sandell and Hill from Royal Cromer in second place.

These pairings finishing on forty points and only being separated after count back.

There was ten prizes for the top pairs in the competition and nearest the pin was won on the 9th by Storey from Royal Cromer, on the 14th by Smy from Gorleston and nearest the pin in two on the 16th by Hurr from Southwold.

The prize table was worth more than £1,500 and a good day was had by all the competitors and officials around the course.

Thanks must go to the seniors committee from Rookery Park for their help in organising the event, especially Ronnie Rushmere, Ken Robinson and Gerry Moore who all supported the senior captain of the club.

A final thank you to John Stafford, the Rookery Park captain for his involvement in the awarding of the prizes to the successful players on the day.

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