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James and team Cook up victory

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

Rookery Park Am-Am winners, left to right, Brian Cook, John Knight, John Stafford, club captain, Pat Barton and James Cook. PICTURE: David Batley

Rookery Park Am-Am winners, left to right, Brian Cook, John Knight, John Stafford, club captain, Pat Barton and James Cook. PICTURE: David Batley

The main competition of captain's week at Rookery Park Golf Club was an Am Am.

When James Cook found himself in a team with his father, Brian, and two of dad's mates, he dismissed all thoughts of winning a prize.

The main competition of captain's week at Rookery Park Golf Club was an Am Am.

When James Cook found himself in a team with his father, Brian, and two of dad's mates, he dismissed all thoughts of winning a prize.

He simply looked forward to a stroll in the fresh air with pleasant company.

As the round progressed however, and the scores accumulated, he began to wonder if he could be in for a shock. Scarcely had he recovered from the surprise of his team's score of 90 when it was announced that that they had actually won the competition.

Immediately his three colleagues all claimed to be the main inspiration behind the team's success.

John Knight said that, as a past Hambro and Stenson golfer, it had to be him. Pat Barton pointed to a recent prize in the Captain's Cup which made him the form choice as the star performer.

Family loyalty forced James Cook to support his father's claim to be the top man.

The son, however, knew full well who the real inspiration of the team had been but, being outnumbered three to one, he dare not say.

The team of Andy Coleman, Dwayne Barber, Dean Clements and Mick Varley and that of Mark Hunt, Greg Burgess, Lee Godbold and Shaun Winney finished with scores of 89.

Geoff Moore with John Neve, 45 points, won the Seniors Competition from Cedric Smith and Ken Gardener, 44. Ben Wallis and Wendy Sherwood took the par three prizes.

Captain's Club night was won by Paul Perry, Graeme Brown, Ollie Kent and Jo O'Dwyer.

Second placed Ben Wallis, Chris Patterson, Glen Halliday and Alan Ward felt they might have won if they had a guide to show them the way round the course.

The winning mixed team was John and Shirley Blake with Gerald and Pam Baker. Bob and Jane Smith with Billy Firman and Carol Pike finished second.

Two teams had to be disqualified when the markers failed to sign the cards.

Unfortunately one of the teams included the captain whilst the other included the president.

The markers have asked not to be named.

David Batley

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