Gorgeous Gordon shines at Rookery Park GC

PUBLISHED: 11:52 19 November 2010

Rookery Park Golf Club winners

Rookery Park Golf Club winners


FOLLOWING his birdie spree when winning the Mashie Niblick pairs’ competition Gordon Maclean decided to celebrate in style.

He visited the Titleist factory to buy a personalised set of new clubs. Unfortunately, the night before their use, in Turkey Two, he gained only two hours sleep when his wife became unwell following birthday party celebrations.

He still managed to play well for nine holes but then had to rely on his partner, fellow Hambro and Stenson player, Graeme Brown, whose three birdies helped the pair to victory with 41 pts.

Maclean was conspicuous during the round due to a new outfit embellished with large letter G’s on both top and bottoms.

This led to colleagues dubbing him “Gorgeous Gordon” but he was quick to point out that the term applied only to his golfing prowess.

Graeme Brown’s round could have been sensational. His ball lipped out of the hole on seven occasions to deny him more birdies and an eagle. He is a former Rookery junior and has won the Lowestoft Challenge Cup, the Best Friends, the Millennium Bowl and the Irish Cup.

The rest of Turkey Two prizes went to John Marjoram with Tony Atkinson, Les Whall with Darren Gotts, Ralph Flatt, recovered from his chair lift experience, with Pete Smith and Ray Flook with Ian Cook.

Ray Flook defied terrible weather conditions to play a consistent round of 39 pts to win the seniors’ Tom Martin Bowl. His introduction to golf came when he was a caddy at an Essex club over 30 years ago.

After moving to this area he joined Southwold before becoming a Rookery member in 1979. He puts his recent surge in form down to tips he picked up when he played with European tour winner, Stephen McAllister, in a recent competition in Spain.

After finishing second in the Tom Martin Bowl, Bob Barnes went one better when he won the Black Mamba knock out.

He believes that his prolonged run of form has been due to his move from a shorter neighbouring course to the longer Rookery Park.

Star junior, Calvin Sherwood, has taken family loyalty to an extreme. Upset at seeing grandfather Wally hobble around waiting for a knee operation he decided he would give support by joining him.

Whilst watching a football match he leapt over a fence to retrieve the ball, fell awkwardly and cracked his knee.

Both he and granddad now have a damaged left knee. Wife and grandmother, Wendy, now feels more like a nurse than a fellow golfer.

Members wish both Wally and Calvin a speedy return to sound health.

n Members were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jane Smith. A lively and popular member, she will be much missed. We trust that husband, Bob, and the rest of the family, will be given great strength at this difficult time.

David Batley

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