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Perry good for Paul at Rookery Park GC

PUBLISHED: 10:38 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 06 July 2010

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RECENT competitions at Rookery Park have been reduced to a game of snow dodging.

Although several have had to be called off due to the weather others have been able to catch a time when the course was playable.

GOLF

RECENT competitions at Rookery Park have been reduced to a game of snow dodging.

Although several have had to be called off due to the weather others have been able to catch a time when the course was playable. Two competitions in the latter category have been the final Turkey and the Christmas Scramble. In the Turkey, Paul Perry was reluctant to accept an invitation to play with his friend, Nick Barrett.

He had taken the previous month off from golf in order to spend time with his newly wedded wife and enjoy a honeymoon. When he learned that his friend had turned up with a brand new set of golf clubs and bag and ready to “take the course apart” he was even more dubious. Starting at the 18th hole, however, he drove into a bunker, played out with a nine iron, hit a wedge to the green and holed a 15ft putt for an unlikely birdie. With Barrett taking an immediate liking to his new wedges the pair settled down to compile a score of 42 points and record a notable victory.

Perry took up golf five years ago, having retired from a football career which saw him play for Lowestoft Town. He took to his new game immediately and gained an initial handicap of 22. Partnering Eric Barnes, he won the Irish Cup in his first year and went on to win various Turkeys and a 4BBB Stableford. His handicap tumbled to 8 but, due to his new domestic duties, has now risen to 10. Inspiration to play well after a lay-off came when he played with Scott Coleman, who, after a year's absence from golf, marched onto the course and scored a hole-in-one.

Glyn Bishop, like Pip Smith, proved that there is magic in the famous Fan Swing Aid. Shortly after using it he took second place with Alan Weale, beating Nigel Wigg and Mick Dolan on a countback.

The Christmas Scramble saw a victory for former captain, Deryck Halliday's team. The pairs part of the competition was won by veteran Hambro golfer, Keith Shales, and Ken Sansom with 44 points. After strange experiences with his previous trolley Sansom was delighted when his wife bought him a new one for Christmas. He was, however, puzzled by the attached small screen, which produced endless data regarding distances, lengths of shots and holes etc. He often veered off the fairway as he tried to scrutinise the data. A playing partner, Ralph Flatt, was convinced that Sansom was using a laptop and, being on the Greens Committee, wondered whether use of the internet on the course was a breach of the rules. Unperturbed, Sansom scored three birdies on his way to the Scramble victory.

David Batley

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