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New partnership victorious in stableford competition

PUBLISHED: 19:04 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 19:04 15 March 2017

Rookery Park Two-Ball Texas Scramble winners Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber with captain Martin Scott between them. Picture: Billie Donachie.

Rookery Park Two-Ball Texas Scramble winners Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber with captain Martin Scott between them. Picture: Billie Donachie.

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Thanks to a group of volunteer members, Brian Poppy, Ralph Flatt, Trevor Gooch and Steve Downing, the damage to Rookery Park caused by Storm Doris was soon cleared and the Winter Quad competitions carried on unscathed.

A first time partnership of Keith Bagot and Ian Youngman combined superbly to win the 4BBB Stableford competition. Their 45 points included a run of 22 points in seven holes. This was only just enough to edge out runners-up Mick Varley and Richard Doddington by one point. Other places went to Martin Scott and Graeme Brown, Ian Foxton and Brian Poppy, and Steve Morris and Anthony Smith, all scoring 42 points.

Next competition was the difficult Warner Bogey format and county senior team member Graham Shillings played par golf over the final nine holes to pip Anthony Smith, Brian Poppy, Kevin Fitzgerald and Coin Ding who all finished on the same total of two under par.

The final competition of the series, a two-ball Texas Scramble, was played on a fast-drying course and saw suitably inspired scoring from friends Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber. Their round of net 60.4 included, net or gross, nine birdies and one eagle. This wonderful round was only just good enough to put Bo Bidle and Mike Dolan into second with a net score of 61 against the par of 72.

The seniors played the first competition of the year from the measured tee positions which was a shock to the system for most. Glyn Bishop produced a steady round, scoring on every hole, to reach a winning total of 34, one point ahead of Billy Donachie, Colin Cook and Paul Harrison.

The Weekend Ladies, benefiting from unusually warm weather, played a competitive medal. The winner with a nett 77 was Carol Bostock with Zoe Schofield second on countback. Third with a nett 79 was Lorna Stather.

The club’s junior annual meeting was preceded by a three-ball Texas scramble won by Kasey Bailey, Daniel DeSousa and Jarred Lansdale. Junior organiser Stephen Whiteside was delighted with the progress of the section and the club now has eight juniors involved with county coaching in various age groups. Junior coach Ed Garrard has now started his Saturday morning Junior Academy sessions.

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