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Double delight for Park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:26 05 July 2010

The Hambro Cup, Suffolk's most prestigious golf trophy, was presented by Colonel Hambro, a prominent banker, during the time the golf club was based at Pakefield.

The Hambro Cup, Suffolk's most prestigious golf trophy, was presented by Colonel Hambro, a prominent banker, during the time the golf club was based at Pakefield.

Whilst success has proved elusive for Rookery Park the team has just won through the first round, beating Newton Green at home by 13 up.

The foundation of the success was set up by Graham Shillings and Andy Coleman, who finished their morning round eight up.

The second round of the Stenson Shield saw Rookery take on Newton Green again, this time on their course.

After 36 holes the teams were tied and former club champion Matt Lay was chosen to go into the play-off.

All looked lost when his drive took a vicious bounce and finished behind a tree.

A chip onto the fairway, a superb eight iron to the green and a magnificent 12 feet putt saw Rookery snatch a narrow victory.

Home matches against Stowmarket in the Hambro and Haverhill in the Stenson provide the next round opposition.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Thompson pulled off his first major success when he won the Lowestoft Challenge Cup with 68 net.

Luke started playing golf five years ago and his handicap is now down to six. His father, Chris, is also a member.

Lee Ingledew finished second in the cup with 69 net whilst Chris Soanes, Robert Halliday and Mike Bryan all returned scores of 70 net.

Nick Barrett and professional Martin Elsworthy were unsuccessful in the PGA area final at King's Lynn.

Rookery Park Golf Club's junior section recently played in two county knockout matches.

Debutant Calvin Sherwood was the star at Bungay, playing last and sinking the winning putt on the 18th green to win the match by 101 to 100 stableford points.

Team members were Callum Monk (captain), Tom Pettifer, Jack Blowers and Sherwood. They now play Felixstowe Ferry away in the next round.

In the county club team championship, played at Woodbridge, the Rookery Park team had to give a lot of shots to their younger opponents.

And after all five games had finished, it was all square.

It was left to Chris Soanes to play the deciding extra hole, but unfortunately he lost.

Team members were Jake Mowatt (captain), Soanes, Luke Thompson, Tom Pettifer, Charlie Youngman and Jack Blowers.

Rookery's junior section is going from strength to strength with over 90 members.

The club is the first in Suffolk to hold the GolfMark higher achiever award and is running a GolfMark Junior Golf Academy every Saturday and also golf sessions for junior beginners every Sunday morning.

David Batley

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