Rookery Park captain ‘cheats’ in charity competition

PUBLISHED: 15:29 09 February 2012

Rookery Park Ladies' captain Lyn Lay.

Rookery Park Ladies' captain Lyn Lay.


Rookery Ladies’ captain, Lyn Lay, openly admits that both she and her vice-captain, Debbie Dann, cheated in their matches in her charity competition.

Furthermore, she encouraged other lady members to cheat and she had their full approval. Through the year she has organised various functions, including two with club captain, John Pawsey, to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.

Eventually, she enlisted her vice captain to partner her in challenge matches against any pair of ladies who were willing to take them on. All of the entry fee money was given to the Trust. To add fun and humour to the matches, she and her vice-captain indulged in all kinds of sharp practices and encouraged their opponents to do the same.

To give the games credibility, whenever an infringement occurred the shot would be replayed properly without penalty. All kinds of high jinks followed. Putts were lined up with flagsticks, ball markers were removed or shifted, balls were preferred in bunkers. Gamesmanship became rife as money was jingled, clubs were dropped, coughing and even singing took place, just when critical shots or putts were about to be played.

The highlight of the mayhem came on the 13th hole when Chris Stafford was about to play an approach shot. The captain engaged both her and her partner in conversation whilst Debbie Dann changed the ball. An unsuspecting Chris Stafford then played the new ball and had it ‘explode’ on contact. The former lady captain had the last laugh. Recovering from the shock, she put the real ball in the middle of the green.

Lyn Lay is pleased with the support she has received from the ladies throughout her captaincy and delighted that £1070 has already been raised for her charity.

Tired of his reputation as the nearly man, Steve Cocca felt it was time for a victory. It came in the recent Sunday Stableford.

Cocca was not shy in admitting that, because his frequent second and third prizes came in smaller competitions, with fewer competitors, he was more motivated when he realised that the Sunday Stablefords attract fields of around a hundred.

His 41 pts gave him a countback victory over Marcus Ling and Ben Hayfield. He played the second half in level par, finishing with two successive birdies, despite having painkillers for an injured leg, which, he says, contains more metal than his golf bag. He puts his fine form down to the inspiration he gains from his new syndicate, which, because it includes a group of ‘bandits,’ as well as Marcus Flute, is to become known as “the Band”.

David Batley

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