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PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:58 06 July 2010

THE Best Friends Cup has been won by two of Rookery Park's top golfers, the father and son pairing of Chris and Matt Lay.

A superb eagle on the 10th hole, by the son, and his birdies on the 16th and 18th holes set up a narrow victory.

THE Best Friends Cup has been won by two of Rookery Park's top golfers, the father and son pairing of Chris and Matt Lay.

A superb eagle on the 10th hole, by the son, and his birdies on the 16th and 18th holes set up a narrow victory.

The pair went on to take a prize in the Captain's Drive In.

Not to be overshadowed by his son, father, Chris chose the most difficult par three, the 11th hole, to record a spectacular hole-in one.

His magnificent four wood shot checked on the green and rolled sweetly into the hole.

To complete the family success, Lyn Lay, wife of Chris, won the Corson Bowl and is now organising the Stearn and Haskell ladies' teams.

In the Captain's Drive-Out Lee Hitchem and Trevor Hook won with 45 points, one ahead of Mike Rees and Brian Nichols.

It was a rare success for 16 handicap Hook, who, during his 27 years as a member is best remembered for leading at the half-way stage following a superb nine holes in the Fishing Smack.

He was then disqualified for not having submitted three cards previously. After disqualifying him Mike Rees then added a further sting in the tail by cutting his handicap.

Hitchem's main contribution came on the 5th hole where he received two shots and narrowly missed a 6ft putt for a net two.

In the Captain's Drive-In Paul Smith and Chi Yeung won with 47 points.

Smith, who joined Rookery from Caldecott 18 months ago, paid tribute to the superb all round play of his partner.

Ben Wallis and Charlie Youngman scored 45 points. Tony Atkinson marked his return from injury by joining John Marjoram to take third place with 44 pts.

Older members were sad to hear of the death of Ritson Sutton.

Before his illness he was a regular in the clubhouse.

A brilliant all-round sportsman at school he never mastered the art of golf and once described himself as “the worst golfer ever to pick up a bag of clubs.”

A real character, he once appeared on the practice ground clad in wellington boots, a long overcoat and a large hat whilst carrying a bucket full of golf balls.

After hooking, cutting and slicing them all over the ground he headed for home carrying an empty bucket.

He was well-loved and widely respected and condolences go out to his family.

David Batley

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