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PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

THE Rookery Am Am turned out to be another onslaught from the juniors.

The team of past and present club champions Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis with Luke Thompson and Tom Pettifer, surged ten points clear of their nearest rivals to win with 118 points.

THE Rookery Am Am turned out to be another onslaught from the juniors.

The team of past and present club champions Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis with Luke Thompson and Tom Pettifer, surged ten points clear of their nearest rivals to win with 118 points.

Youngest team member, Tom, stood on the last teebox needing a par to record an under-par round.

Unfortunately he dropped a shot but he still went round the course in a level par score.

For Ben Wallis, weekend golf is hardly a break as he works on the course during the week.

He admits, however, that his work enables him to see what goes in to maintaining a golf course and it has increased his respect for the vast playing areas.

His aim is to first break the course professional record, reduce his two handicap further and eventually join the professional ranks.

Second in the Am Am were Gerry Moore, of Parks fame, Paul Cain, Graham Smith and Cedric Smith, whose lessons from Roy Newton are paying off.

They scored 108 points.

Third place, with 107 points, went to the team of Gerry Hardiman, Ken Sansom, Ralph Flatt and Dave Waldron, who found himself in the prizes yet again.

Soanes won the prize for the longest drive.

The bottle of whiskey was quickly confiscated when it was realised that he was a junior.

However, he had just passed his 18th birthday and was able to reclaim his prize.

This was fortunate as he needed it when he arrived home to receive the surprise news that his mother, June, had just won the coveted Crowther Cup, which is played for off scratch.

Both Chris and his father Dick needed the drink, partly to celebrate and partly to recover from the shock.

David Batley


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