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GOLF Nothing Flatt in Gary's performance

PUBLISHED: 11:50 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 06 July 2010

PRESENTED way back in 1891, the Larkin Cup is the oldest Rookery Trophy but the donator, Mr Larkin, is unknown as all efforts to trace him have failed.

PRESENTED way back in 1891, the Larkin Cup is the oldest Rookery Trophy but the donator, Mr Larkin, is unknown as all efforts to trace him have failed.

This year's winner of the cup was Gary Flatt, who started golf as a 16-year-old junior at Southwold. Prior to that he had played with friends on par three courses.

He went on to win the handicap section of the club's Open, scoring a 74 gross in the afternoon round and had his handicap reduced to nine. Being the son of a publican he became addicted to both darts and pool, reaching county level in both games.

Admitting that he allowed himself to get out condition through his obsession with “pub games,” he surprisingly gave up playing golf. It was over ten years before the golf bug bit again and in 2001 he joined Rookery Park. Given a handicap of 10 he soon joined the Tolly team. Victory in the Lowestoft Challenge Cup was followed by winning the Family Foursomes, with his father, Ralph, a member of the Rookery Greens Committee.

After having problems with his driving he sought tips from his golfing partner, John Marjoram. Keen to try them out and partnered by his new tutor, he marched onto the 15th teebox to begin a shot-gun start competition.

Hope turned to despair as his ball flew almost at right angles off the club, cleared the 13th fairway and was last seen approaching the practice ground. Too late he realised that his tutor had once played a similar shot at Southwold, sending the ball high over the clubhouse to bounce off a shed and disappear into the marshes.

Eventually, Flatt's form returned, enabling him to win the Larkin Cup. After a sound first half he dropped two shots at the 10th hole but followed this with a superb birdie at the 11th. After more mistakes his round was rescued by birdies at the last two holes. A 15ft putt on his last hole gave him a countback victory over Richard Alderton. Paul McRoberts, 69net, Simon S West, 70net and Martin Scott, 71net, took the remaining places.

Last year Flatt became Rookery's Director of Finances, a post he enjoys but admits provides a “real challenge.”

When Gerry Moore's ball struck the pin on the seventh green, when it was being attended by John Fingleton, the normal penalty could have been expected. The pin, however, was being attended for a putt from Joe Almond.

Club captain Moore was 260yds down the fairway. Convinced he could not reach the green he hit a perfect three wood shot which startled his fellow 'Wasters' as the ball struck the pin and finished as a tap-in putt.

The captain was relieved after being forgiven following his profuse apologies and even more grateful when his putt was conceded, giving him a spectacular eagle three.

David Batley

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