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Jack makes his mark

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

FIFTEEN-year-old Jack O'Dwyer is yet another of the second wave of junior stars to capture a major trophy. The 14 handicap youngster, from Kirkley High School, beat a large field to carry off the Marshall Cup.

FIFTEEN-year-old Jack O'Dwyer is yet another of the second wave of junior stars to capture a major trophy. The 14 handicap youngster, from Kirkley High School, beat a large field to carry off the Marshall Cup. Encouraged by his father, Joe, to turn from football to golf just two years ago he has made rapid progress in the Rookery academy. His score of 68 net gave him a countback victory over Jack Blowers, another junior. Andy Coleman and Tony Atkinson finished with scores of 69 net.

The highly prestigious Fishing Smack Trophy was presented to the club in 1932 by the fishing industry and is played for in an open competition. It is a large and elaborate model of a fishing smack and was not allowed to be used for the photograph, a replica being used instead. This year's winner, Tony Malloy, joined Rookery Park as a beginner just three years ago and quickly reduced his handicap to 15. His partner, Paul Cain, was having a good round until they reached the eighth hole where he hit his drive into unplayable rough grass. After taking a drop he hit the ball into reeds in the second lake. Unwisely, he insisted on trying to play out of the water. After a wild swing and a massive splash the ball disappeared leaving a dripping wet golfer to putt out in 10 shots. Tony Malloy was impressed by the humorous manner in which his partner reacted to the disaster. It was, he said, an example to those unpleasant people who always blame somebody else for any bad shot.

The winning score of 140 net was matched by David Porter, who lost on a countback. Bob Barnes, once of Rookery but now of Gorleston, took third place with 139 net.

The scratch Jubilee Cup saw Chris Soanes win on a countback from John Maddocks, son of former Rookery Tolly star Dan Maddocks. Both golfers had scores of 153.

Ben Wallis finished a shot further back. Kevin Eagle, Rushmere, 155 and Matt Lay 156, took the other top places.


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