Rookery Park captain Matt Lay overcome president in Mashie Niblick competition

PUBLISHED: 16:22 15 November 2012

Photograph L to R,  Lewis Hague, Judy Bagshaw, Matt Lay, club captain, Martin Scott and Joe O’Dwyer

Photograph L to R, Lewis Hague, Judy Bagshaw, Matt Lay, club captain, Martin Scott and Joe O’Dwyer


The Rookery Mashie Niblick is played for annually between teams of the president and the captain.

Given their relative terms of office, the president has three chances to win the trophy against the captain’s one. Current captain, Matt Lay, took his one chance and managed a narrow victory.

The contest’s pairs winners were Martin Scott and Joe O’Dwyer, who both felt that they had something to prove. O’Dwyer was tired of being known as a caddie fit mainly for cleaning clubs and Scott wanted to show his defeated Tolly team how they should have played. The combination worked perfectly.

A superb first nine of 23 points was followed by a less impressive 18 points on the second half. Scott scored a birdie on the fifth hole whilst O’Dwyer played steady golf to contribute to a sound overall victory.

Paul Comfy Taylor with Ken Sansom finished in second place whilst Craig Bloodworth with Peter Missy Smith third.

The Bob Bagshaw Trophy was presented to the Senior and Junior sections by the late, popular and industrious former Rookery president of that name.

The Stableford format is contested by pairings consisting of a junior and a senior. Lewis Hague, a talented 16-year-old, paired with Ian Dawson to win with 39 pts.

Dawson provided the steady, anchor role, whilst his young partner scored a birdie on the 13th, almost a hole-in-one on the ninth and finished with a run of five successive pars. Peter Clappison, free from the aches and pains of his Summer Wine Syndicate, paired with Connor Malloy to finish second and Robin Turner set aside all he had learned in the Hambold to partner Liam Pickess and take third place.

New Rookery assistant professional, Ed Garrod, prefers cricket as his second playing sport but as a spectator he is, like his boss Gary Kitley, an avid Ipswich football supporter.

He realises that, given its location in Suffolk but being closer to Norwich, Rookery’s membership is equally divided between Tractor Boys and Canary supporters. Garrod, however, promises not to give Town supporters any discount on his golf lessons and assures his Norwich pupils that he will not secretly teach them how to play shanks and fresh air shots.

Like his fellow Tractor Boys he is keen on their new manager and sure that he will not turn out to be a jewel in the town. He hopes his Canary pupils will give him a ‘high five’ after their lessons and refrain from taking the ‘mick’.

Julian Peak, 36 pts beat Steve Downing on a countback in a recent Stableford. Roger Cox finished in third place.

David Batley

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