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Clever Trevor takes Larkin Cup

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:48 06 July 2010

THE Larkin Cup is Rookery Park's most historic trophy.

It was presented to the original golf club way back in 1891 and nobody has discovered just who Mr Larkin was.

THE Larkin Cup is Rookery Park's most historic trophy.

It was presented to the original golf club way back in 1891 and nobody has discovered just who Mr Larkin was.

This year's winner was Trevor Gooch, whose 71 net gave him a countback victory over in-form Mike Woods.

Another junior blitz took the next prizes with Jack Harper and Luke Thompson both on 72 net.

Chris Soanes completed the prize list with 73 net. Soanes and Thompson shared the scratch prize with scores of 75 gross.

The recent Junior Stableford saw the girls come to the fore with Sarah Barker 50pts and Jasmine Smith 39pts, sandwiching Jack Harper 40pts, in the top three placings.

Barker's remarkable round provided further evidence that the Ladies section have a future star coming through the ranks.

She recorded no blobs and just two one-pointers.

Her victory followed her win in the first Friday Club Night competition of the season when she was part of the winning team with Mary Stevenson, Kevin and junior, Patrick Fitzgerald. Their winning score was 45.5.

Thirteen-year-old Barker, from Pakefield Middle School, has also won a County competition with former Ladies' captain, Mary Wilderspin.

She has only been playing golf seriously for a year and started simply to have a “knock-around with her father.

Now completely hooked on the game she would like to become a professional golfer and dreams of one day winning a tournament on the European tour.

The recent PGA Medal winner, Sean Pike, has won the right to partner Rookery professional, Martin Elsworthy, in the area finals to be played at Kings Lynn later in the month. After a few rounds with his dad, Rod, he became a junior member and, after a knee injury curtailed his football career, he took to the game seriously.

Following victory in the Long Handicap Trophy, he went on to win the Spashett Knock-Out Cup.

A former Tolly player, he has recently been selected for Rookery's Hambro team. His strangest experience on the golf course came when his playing partner became so frustrated with playing badly that he suddenly threw his bag and trolly into a bunker before marching off the course in disgust.

His habit of tossing his ball in the air after putting out and knocking it some 150 yards towards the next teebox misfired when his ball ended in the car park.

He quickly stopped the habit and ensures that his golfing sons, Bradley and Matthew, follow the strict code of golf etiquette.

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