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Happy Harpers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:46 05 July 2010

ROOKERY Park and, before that, Lowestoft Golf Club, had no greater servant than Fred Turrell.

Besides being a top Hambro player, he won a string of major trophies as well as becoming the club captain and president.

ROOKERY Park and, before that, Lowestoft Golf Club, had no greater servant than Fred Turrell.

Besides being a top Hambro player, he won a string of major trophies as well as becoming the club captain and president. Eventually he became secretary/manager and it was no surprise when his golfing family presented a cup bearing his name following his death.

This year the trophy has been won by the father/son combination of Gary and Jack Harper with a score of 43 points.

For the youngster it was a celebration of the number 14. He took up golf 14 months ago, his handicap is now 14 and he is just 14 years of age. Father Gary, handicap 21, took up golf at the same time to enable him to share an activity with his son.

In second place came Gary Flatt with Darren Gotts whilst Ade Wicks and a re-born former Hambro golfer, Vic Godbold, finished third. Both pairs scored 42pts.

The cup was presented by Fred Turrell's granddaughter, Emma Soanes.

In recent years the trophy has been presented by his daughter, June Soanes, or grandson and star junior, Chris. Now out of the limelight they decided to make a statement by teaming up and winning the Family Greensomes. They won on countback from Wally and Calvin Sherwood and Glen and Paul Kemp. All pairs scored 41 points. Gerry and Jackie Hardiman and Ralph and Gary Flatt took the remaining prizes.

Brian Jillings, former Tolly star, is another who has re-discovered his form. Teamed with Mick Dolan he won the Mid-summer Madness.

Brian attributes his surprise success to the fact that it was so early in the morning that he was not sufficiently awake to remember the mistakes he has been making over the past year.

David Batley

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