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GOLF: Old pal's act

PUBLISHED: 12:39 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 06 July 2010

WHEN Richard Jones, new Rookery president, took lessons from legendary English teacher, the late John Emerson, at the old Lowestoft Grammar School, little did he know that one day he would succeed his former tutor as Rookery Secretary/Manager.

WHEN Richard Jones, new Rookery president, took lessons from legendary English teacher, the late John Emerson, at the old Lowestoft Grammar School, little did he know that one day he would succeed his former tutor as Rookery Secretary/Manager.

Not only that but he would also present a memorial trophy, named after the tutor, to Nigel Goldspink, one of the first men he played with when joining Rookery Park in 1979.

The new president first played golf, his only sport, as an occasional green fee player at Burton on Trent GC. It was at Rookery, however, that he first took the game seriously and when he won the Rabbits' Cup he thought it was the first step on the rung of a ladder to golfing success. However, although he had periods of sound golf he found further silverware elusive although victories in a number of Stablefords reduced his handicap to a very respectable 11. He still insists, however, that the real dedicated golfer in the family is his wife Mollie.

In 1999 he turned to golf administration and joined the club's House Committee, eventually becoming its chairman. Following a holiday abroad he was astonished to see a notice on the board stating that the secretary/manager had left and that his temporary successor would be House Chairman, Richard Jones.

Eventually, a permanent successor was found just as he was proposed as the new club vice-captain. After finishing his period as club captain, the secretary/manager's post became vacant once more. Richard Jones took over the reins again and remained there until the recent AGM, where he was nominated as the new club president.

Before commencing his new duties he lavished warm praise on his predecessor, Bob Bagshaw, whom he described as a “ hard and dedicated worker for the club, with outstanding PR skills.”

The new president pledges to use his administrative skills to help Rookery Park to progress and to give full support to current club captains.

The John Emerson Greensomes saw the sudden emergence of Nigel Goldspink and Craig Bloodworth. Paired for the first time and having won no previous competitions, they had only one bad hole, the 13th, when both hit a ball out of bounds.

Highlights saw Bloodworth sink a 25ft putt for a birdie on the third hole whilst Goldspink chipped in for a birdie on the 17th hole. Their greatest escape came on the 15th hole where Goldspink played out from under a tree to hit the pin and leave a tap-in putt.

Bloodworth , encouraged by his father, Gordon, joined Rookery in 2007 whilst Goldspink joined from Southwold in 1985. Their score of 42 points gave them a countback win over Sean Pike and Jon Fisher.

Colin's Tweddle and Turk, Ian Cook with Rory Robertson and Nigel Wigg with Daz Harewood all finished with 41 points.

David Batley

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