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Joy for Colemans

PUBLISHED: 08:30 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 July 2010

THE Lads 'n' Dads trophy at Rookery Park was donated by Robbie Robertson and Frank Cook and since then a number of fathers with daughters have attempted to modify the name so that they could compete as well.

THE Lads 'n' Dads trophy at Rookery Park was donated by Robbie Robertson and Frank Cook and since then a number of fathers with daughters have attempted to modify the name so that they could compete as well.

To date they have been unsuccessful in their attempts.

This year's winners were Andy and Scott Coleman, who have both played in the Rookery Tolly, Hambro and Stenson teams. Their Greensomes score was 40 points.

Nigel and Andy Wigg, 39pts, Dick and Chris Soanes, 38pts, Chris and Matt Lay and Archie and Gordon Maclean, both 37pts, took the rest of the prizes.

Andy Coleman started golf in 1982, the year his son was born.

He went on to win the Larkin Cup, the Stevens Eclectic, the Long Salvers, the Ted Swann Memorial twice and the Wally Stevens Knockout with wife, Karon.

He was famed for his remark in this year's Stenson semi-final, when, after falling six holes behind his star, plus three opponent, he managed to win back a hole. Walking off the green he shouted loudly to his opponent: “now I've got you on the run.”

Son, Scott, became a junior member 20 years ago.

After being baptised in a Tottenham shirt, football became his first love and he eventually played for Beccles Caxton.

On his fifth birthday he was given a golf club but it remained in the cupboard for two years before he used it.

After becoming the Junior Captain he went on to win the Marshall Cup, the R.V. Fisher and Ted Swann Memorials and the Leighton Speake. He is an accomplished pool player.

Having won the Captain's Cup for the fourth consecutive year, Billy Donachie is claiming the trophy as his own property.

Keith Thacker and Chris Alden finished second and third.

In the prestigious Seniors' Sword Graham Smith's 65 net just beat Bernie Allen, 66 net, and Brian Holder, 70 net.

Family harmony was strained when Chris Lay, 20pts, just beat his son, Matt, 19pts, in a 9-Hole Stableford. In a similar competition John Ward, 22pts, beat Trevor Gooch, 17pts.

The Mid-Week Stableford turned into the Tom and Gerry show. Tom Pettifer, 42pts, beat Chris Pybus, 39pts and Gerry Woodrow, 38pts.

David Batley

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