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GOLF: Young Rooks are well worth victory

PUBLISHED: 12:39 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

CHRIS Lay's Stenson crusade continued when Thorpeness GC were overwhelmed by his young Rookery team, who made a clean sweep in the morning foursomes and won the afternoon singles by seven and half matches.

CHRIS Lay's Stenson crusade continued when Thorpeness GC were overwhelmed by his young Rookery team, who made a clean sweep in the morning foursomes and won the afternoon singles by seven and half matches.

Despite his intimate knowledge of the course, Rookery head greenkeeper, Mark Henderson, opting to play for his home club, was comfortably beaten by Matt Lay.

Paul McRoberts found himself dormy two down but fought back to win the last two holes. Surprise choice Gordon Maclean was not intimidated by partnering Rookery's top matchplay golfer and produced some excellent shots. Rookery now play Aldeburgh at Halesworth in the semi-final and are hoping as many members as possible will be there to give support.

Not surprisingly the Ladies' Club Championship, played in perfect weather conditions, provided the ideal platform for Lils James to display her all-round skills, which enabled her to win handsomely with a gross score of 160.

Jill Hallett played sound golf to take the Handicap Trophy with 148 net. In Division One Mary Stevenson showed why she is now the family's top golfer by winning with a score of 153 net and beating June Soanes into second place.

Division Two saw the battle of the past captains with Ann Baker, 151 net finishing five shots ahead of Carole Heywood. Shelagh Johnson, 163 net, won Division Three with a two shot victory over Carol Pike. With 34 ladies thoroughly enjoying the event, Ladies' captain, Chris Stafford, expressed her delight and thanked all involved in the occasion.

The Golf Foundation Medal has been won by one of Rookery's most promising youngsters, 16-year-old Jack Harper, who scored a countback victory over fellow talented junior, Guy Mummery, Andy Coleman and Robert Halliday. All scored 69 net.

As the round progressed in the Seniors' Hall of Fame, Des Dann could see his dream of dislodging Gerry More and Roy Newton as the King Waster nearing reality. Tony Wakefield, however, had other ideas. A superb 68 net saw him grab the title and leave a now desperate Dann in second place.

Ivan Rudd, tired of being known as 'Lily the Pink,' decided to get serious. He alarmed his wife, former Ladies' captain, Maggie, by indulging in a frantic series of exercises and asking her for some putting tips.

His efforts paid off when he won the recent Mid-Week Stableford with 39 points, beating David Brown and star youngster Sam Jaggard by a point.

David Batley


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