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GOLF: Sherlock and Holmes detect a win

PUBLISHED: 11:54 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 06 July 2010

THE Rookery Tolly team has scored a superb 21 hole victory over Purdis Heath GC, Ipswich.

Alan Bidwell had to step in for brother Brian, who was unavailable, to partner Nigel Wigg and score two impressive victories.

THE Rookery Tolly team has scored a superb 21 hole victory over Purdis Heath GC, Ipswich.

Alan Bidwell had to step in for brother Brian, who was unavailable, to partner Nigel Wigg and score two impressive victories. Matt Sherlock was again in top form and, paired with Mike Chaplin, produced two five-up wins.

Given vice-captain, Alan Holmes' highly impressive performances in a range of club competitions, the Tolly team really does have a potent Sherlock-Holmes secret weapon to unleash in future rounds.

Fynn Valley, with its 'blind' holes and difficult features, have long been the graveyard for many aspiring Hambro Cup teams. When Rookery had to visit there without top players, Tom Pettifer and Ben Wallis and with other star players under par, it was always going to be very difficult.

In the circumstances it was no surprise to see Chris Lay chalk up his first defeat as captain of Rookery's two top teams. The one shining light was the continued success of the pairing, Graham Shillngs and Paul McRoberts, who again won both of their matches.

Ray Beaumont, president and former captain of Bungay GC, felt that the County senior golfers should have the equivalent the Tolly to play for, so he decided to present the Beaumont Trophy to fill the void. Former club captain, Pat Barton, was given the opportunity to lead the Rookery team and has just taken it to a credible three-up victory over Haverhill GC.

Members of the Blossom Hill syndicate were bemused when Peter Howe turned up wearing a large grin and paying compliments all around. It transpired that he had just enjoyed a day which had “restored his faith in human nature.” In a fourball played at Bury he was paired with Brian Spence, forming a combination of over 160 years, to take on much younger and accomplished golfers in Chris Alden and Archie Maclean.

To his intense pleasure, however, aided by a little lubricating oil, the 'oldies' pulled off an amazing victory. Joy turned to temporarily despair, however, when he arrived home to discover that his wallet, containing over £70 and endless cards had been lost. Fortunately, it had been found by a cleaner and, intact with all contents, handed to the Bury professional and former Rookery assistant professional, Mark Jillings.

Howe had not recognised him on the visit and did not realise that the former assistant had frequently dined at his house when it was owned by Tony Butcher, the former Rookery professional. Given his new mood of sunshine and smiles, his wife, Pauline, wishes he could visit Bury more often.

Rookery members were saddened to hear of the deaths of Bob Ford, Malcolm Wilson and Ken Robinson. All were very popular and will be sorely missed. Members send condolences to their families.

David Batley


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