Carpenter delights members at Rookery Park

PUBLISHED: 15:19 05 April 2012

Photograph :  L to R  Ian Dawson, Kevin Carpenter, Rob Dawson and John Pawsey  by David Batley

Photograph : L to R Ian Dawson, Kevin Carpenter, Rob Dawson and John Pawsey by David Batley


The captain’s Drive-Out competition is a relatively new idea.

This year, out-going captain, John Pawsey, decided to add some entertainment to the occasion.

He wanted something which would reflect his own performances on the golf course and also show something very different.

The ideal answer was to book the KC Golf Show. It entails Kevin Carpenter, from Hintlesham GC, playing a series of incredible trick shots, which had the audience in fits of laughter.

The out-going captain also plays unusual shots, which cause great amusement. The difference is that, unlike John Pawsey, Kevin Carpenter’s weird shots are intentional, deliberately performed for an appreciative audience.

He plays balls off tees of various heights, up to five feet high. He approaches shots whilst riding trick cycles and hits balls as they shoot out of tubes. His ability to produce duck hooks or chronic slices at will was very impressive.

There were the inevitable volunteers who tried some of the shots with predictable and hilarious consequences. Carpenter’s witty and amusing patter and repartee with the large crowd added to what was a thoroughly enjoyable show of the highest quality.

The actual competition was won by the family of Dawsons, father and son Ian and Rob. Their winning round did not have a promising start when they found themselves at the wrong teebox and members of a sixball rather than the normal fourball.

Rearrangements had to be made when Paul Hunt was so shocked at the dramatic rise of his beloved Norwich City that he had to take to his bed to recover.

However, steady golf, with two birdies, produced a winning score of 39 points.

Father Ian impressed with his straight hitting whilst Rob played a series of quality approach irons, one of which earned him a nearest-the-pin prize.

Hambro and Stenson star, six handicapper Rob Dawson, joined Rookery as a junior. His brother, Tom, now a three handicapper who works for the Government, also joined the junior section.

Rob went on to become junior champion, before winning the John Emerson, the Millennium Bowl and the Volvo Masters.

He was once struck by lightning on the Diss golf course, but this has nothing to do with his being a fire steward during home games at Carrow Road. With Norwich City being “on fire” for most of the season he has always been busy.

Father Ian Dawson started playing golf as a junior in North Yorkshire but soon gave up in favour of rugby, when his parents found that buying longer clubs was too expensive.

It was not until 1987, when medical advice suggested that he should undertake more walking, that he joined Rookery and took up golf once more. He has won two main competitions, one being the RV Fisher Memorial.

He once played a shot that should be in Kevin Carpenter’s repertoire.

After lunging fiercely at the ball he managed to strike it twice as it shot up into the air before coming straight down and landing at his feet.

He claims to be the only Rookery golfer to hit a ball twice without managing to move it forward.

Other prizes in the Drive-Out were won by Gary Clow with Barry Branch, 38 points and Craig Bloodworth with Graham Garrod, also with 38 points.

David Batley

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