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Gerry's Seniors moment

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 05 July 2010

Gerry Woodrow

Gerry Woodrow

HAVING won several Seniors' Stablefords previously and beating Roy Newton and Barry Holmes by two points with a score of 40 in the latest, Gerry Woodrow knew that he was in a rich vein of form.

HAVING won several Seniors' Stablefords previously and beating Roy Newton and Barry Holmes by two points with a score of 40 in the latest, Gerry Woodrow knew that he was in a rich vein of form.

Suitably inspired, he decided to take on the rest of the members by entering the Rookery Mid-Week Stableford. Given the remarkable run of stableford prizes picked up by Chris Soanes he realised that he would have to beat the star junior if a second success was to come his way.

Despite the fact that Chris will have to join the adult section next year, until that time he will be regarded as Rookery's top junior. This meant that the stage was set for a classic confrontation - Senior versus Junior. The confrontation could not have been scripted better.

After the last competitor left the course, Gerry Woodrow and Chris Soanes were locked at the top of the leader board with 41 points each.

Another senior, Barry Holmes, had also entered the fray with another 41 points. Breath was held as the countback began to determine the overall winner.

After all the success and publicity of the junior section throughout the year the seniors could not contain their delight when Gerry Woodrow was awarded first prize. Age and experience had triumphed over youthful exuberance.

Woodrow took up golf five years ago aged 67, quite by accident. He took his grandson for lessons with Martin Elsworthy and at the end asked if he could have a hit with a driver just to see how difficult the game was.

To everybody's surprise he hit the ball dead straight. Although the grandson went off and joined the armed forces Gerry was hooked. He joined Rookery Park, booked some lessons and acquired a set of golf clubs. His handicap is now down to 19.

Being a golfer has strengthened his affinity with his son-in-law Paul Seago, who has been a head greenkeeper, managed three golf courses and is currently on an R&A advisory committee.

Turkey One saw Andrew Wigg win two successive top competitions and stake a claim for the family golfing crown. With partner Darren “Ben” Curtis he compiled a score of 44 points to beat Gary Flatt and Chris Lay on a countback.

Kyle Cubitt with Mark Cox 43pts, Chris Soanes, again, with Luke Thompson 42pts and a resurrected Glen Bishop with Alan Bidwell 42pts, took the remaining prizes.

David Batley

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