Pike lands double Rookery triumph

PUBLISHED: 13:31 05 November 2010

L to R:  Lee Tennant, Shaun Winney, Sean Pike and Carol Pike

L to R: Lee Tennant, Shaun Winney, Sean Pike and Carol Pike


ROOKERY’S Hambro golfer Sean Pike has hit the headlines with a spectacular double achievement.

First he won the Wally Stevens Mixed with his mother, Carol, and then he paired with Carl Fisher to take the Long Salvers.

The final of the Mixed, against Clare and Mike Woods, was tight until Carol Pike chipped in on the fifth hole. She and her son then forged ahead to be four up with five to play.

An unplayable plugged ball and lost hole encouraged the Woods to stage a fightback. On the 16th hole, however, an up and down from a bunker enabled the Pikes to hold on for a narrow victory, their first in three appearances in the final.

A strange incident on the second hole almost led to family friction in the winners’ camp. As mum lined up a putt, both she and her son agreed the aim should be for a speck of mud six inches away from the hole. However, whilst the son concluded that the speck was to the left of the pin, mum insisted it was on the right.

As an argument ensued as to who should visit the opticians, it was discovered that the “speck of mud” was actually a beetle wending its way across the green. It had travelled over a foot between the two inspections.

Although the distraction caused mum to miss the putt, her love of creatures encouraged her to name the beetle ‘Ringo.’

Carol Pike started playing golf eight years ago. She has won the Rabbit’s Cup and the Long‘n Short with Sarah Barker. She is currently on the ladies’ committee.

The Long Salvers, against Gordon Maclean and Nick Barrett, saw Sean Pike and Carl Fisher play steady golf to finish 7-up in the morning and hold on for a 7 and 6 victory.

Pike has been playing golf for 26 years and has won the Spashett Knock-Out, the Lowestoft Challenge Cup and the Long Handicap.

The season’s first Turkey saw Shaun Winney birdie the 18th and his partner, Lee Tennant birdie the 13th and then the eighth in unusual fashion. He hit two wood shots all along the ground and holed a 10ft putt.

The pair won on a countback from Chris Lay and Dave Waldron with 41pts. Roger and Richard Boon, 41pts, Steve Whiteside with Brian Jillings and Lee Ingledew with Martin Scott, 40pts, also took prizes.

Tennant has confessed that he can no longer play golf in the rain. The wet causes him to play too many bad shots. He arrived in the clubhouse recently and said he feels like a ‘lump of sugar’ because his game ‘dissolves in rain.’ He is now known as Sugar Ray Tennant.

A special ladies’ coffee morning will be held on Wednesday, November 17. Members are invited along with any lady interested in taking up golf.

n Members were saddened by the news of the death of Keith Cleveland. He gave valuable help and support to the club’s Seniors’ section and will be greatly missed.

David Batley

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