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McRoberts restores Park pride

PUBLISHED: 08:15 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:52 06 July 2010

THE Jubilee Cup, a 36-hole open scratch competition, failed to produce a Rookery golfer in the prize list.

The brilliant golf of so many home youngsters this season simply failed to materialise.

THE Jubilee Cup, a 36-hole open scratch competition, failed to produce a Rookery golfer in the prize list.

The brilliant golf of so many home youngsters this season simply failed to materialise.

Fortunately, the coveted Fishing Smack, which involves handicaps and runs in conjunction with the Jubilee Cup, was a different story.

Paul McRoberts score of 140 net gave him a one point victory over Lee Godbold.

McRoberts was originally a Rookery junior and Tolly golfer who left the club but rejoined two years ago.

Just two years ago junior member, Calvin Sherwood, had a handicap of 36.

His progress was rapid and a highly successful season culminated recently when he became the Suffolk under 16 junior champion.

He believes that he was fortunate in his early days to learn the full array of golfing shots from his grandparents.

From grandmother Wendy he learned how to keep the ball in play and to chip and putt well. Observing grandfather, Wally, he gained ideas as to how to play out of the trees, bushes, long grass and bunkers.

His handicap is now down to five and he is aiming at scratch by the end of next summer.

Another Rookery junior, Jack Barker, finished as runner-up in the under 15 championship.

Veteran golfer Dick Carter gave his Rookery Park Bridge Club colleagues a fright recently when he disappeared halfway through the session.

Despite his car still being in the car park he could not be found. Eventually, distant bangs and calls led to his being discovered locked in the dressing room toilets, which are not normally used by the bridge players.

When efforts to release him failed an expert had to be brought in from a nearby village. His golfing friends were not surprised by the news. He had, they alleged, a habit of getting himself locked in the toilet, usually when it was his turn to buy the drinks.

In the mid-week stableford Mike Chaplin won with 44 pts. Joint second on 42 points were Richard Church and promising junior Taylor Boyd.

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