Father and son partnerships shine at Rookery Park

PUBLISHED: 03:09 12 May 2017

Rookery Park Senior Ladies' squad. Picture: Billy Donachie

Rookery Park Senior Ladies' squad. Picture: Billy Donachie


The Family Greensome at Rookery Park saw father and son pair Steve and Conal Downing win the trophy for the second time with a score of 35 points.

They were followed on 34 points by another father and son pairing of Roger and Richard Boon. The scoring was less than the recent norm due to the blustery conditions.

Similar weather contributed to the scoring for the Fred Turrell Foursomes Trophy where 36 points won on a tough day. Roger and Richard put their disappointment from the previous competition behind them to pip two other pairs on countback.

Roger Hutton and Glen Kemp came in second and defending champions, John Fisher and Paul Soloman came third.

Over 100 golfers competed for the coveted Lowestoft Challenge Cup and it produced some outstanding performances. The winner was Bryan (Archie) Swann with an exceptional winning net score of 66. His gross score of 73 included an impressive four birdies contributing to joint lowest gross score. Simon West and Conal Downing continued their own run of good performances, coming second and third respectively with net 69 and 70.

It was a also good week in the various county competitions. The juniors progressed into round three of the Suffolk Team Championship with a win over Flempton. The young Rookery team of Conal Downing, Ben Newman and Jarred Lansdale performed solidly against a side containing two Suffolk Under-18 players.

The Suffolk Senior Ladies’ Jubilee Shield match ended with Rookery eight up against Ufford Park. It was a hard fought match and the ladies put in a fantastic effort to book a home tie against Brett Vale.

The club also played for the first time in the National Seniors Club Classic. Squad captain Geoff Edwards made a judicious selection using handicap ranges from his squad to match the experienced Southend team. This proved to be a good tactical decision as the team came through comfortably. They await the draw for the next round.

The mixed competitions also continued with the Bob Alan Trophy won by Gerry and Jackie Hardiman with an excellent 40 points. This was only just good enough to win by a single point from Hannah Rees and Elliot George.

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