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Cooking up victory

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

THE Rookery Park Lads' 'N' Dads' trophy was presented by Frank Cook and the Robbie Robertson.

This year Colin and Ian Cook won the trophy for the second time with a score of 42 points.

THE Rookery Park Lads' 'N' Dads' trophy was presented by Frank Cook and the Robbie Robertson.

This year Colin and Ian Cook won the trophy for the second time with a score of 42 points. Chris and Matt Lay finished second with a point less whilst Geoff and Daryl Moore took third place with 39 points.

Both Colin Cook and son Ian took up golf eight years ago when squash became too much for Colin's knees. Ian gave up squash in sympathy and to preserve the family rivalry.

It is a long standing family joke that the father always uses his son's old clubs.

Although his handicap is 12, two more than Ian's, dad claims that he always wins the family encounters and beating his son with Ian's own cast off clubs always gives the victories an added flavour.

Colin did admit, however, that his son's excellent golf was a major factor in their victory.

David Waldron's recent run of form and his winning of several lesser prizes, always threatened to eventually land him a trophy.

It finally came when, with wife Freda, he won the Bob Allen Mixed Foursomes with a score of 43 points.

Members were sad to learn of the passing of former captain and honorary life member, Mike Podd. The popular Mike etched himself into the Rookery archives by being a main player in one of the club's most historic moments.

The setting was Purdis Heath Golf Club, Ipswich. Rookery Park were locked at all square in the final of the prestigious Hambro Cup with only Mike's game still left on the course and one hole to play.

With a large crowd watching and a tense atmosphere, the former captain and partner Rory Robertson needed a half for Rookery to land the trophy.

Wanting as much length as possible but needing to keep the ball on the fairway, Mike stepped up to take the critical drive.

He hit the longest three wood of his career straight down the middle to set up the half and a famous Rookery victory.

Off the field Mike worked hard for the club. His dry sense of humour and puckish nature made him a firm favourite and a valuable friend.

He will be greatly missed.

David Batley

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