Rookery Park duo complete unique hat-trick in Irish Cup

PUBLISHED: 17:01 26 July 2012

Rob Cook and Les Whall by David Batley

Rob Cook and Les Whall by David Batley


The Irish Cup is one of the few fourball competitions to appear on Rookery's main programme fixture list.

It has a special appeal for Rob Cook and Les Whall. After winning it once as a pair and again with different partners, they set out to achieve a unique hat-trick.

Whall made an excellent start with a birdie on the first hole, with only a few inches preventing an eagle.

Bunkers and water hazards caused a dropped shot on the 12th hole whilst a wild slice and a steep bunker face caused a blob on the 15th hole.

All other holes were parred and both golfers appeared an equal number of times on the card.

A final score of 44 points gave them a countback victory over Steve Smith and Glen Burwood and a superb Irish Cup hat-trick.

Robert Drage with Pete T. Smith, now recovered from Missy’s misdemeanour, Colin Savage with Ashley Bessey and Paul Taylor with Barry Branch all finished with 41 points.

Rookery’s weakened Stenson team finally succumbed to Aldeburgh. Chris Soanes gained his expected two victories and Andy Coleman rose to the occasion to equal the club champion’s performances.

When a swarm of bees appeared in a tree on the 13th hole, expert Fred Willis, was immediately sent for.

His skill amongst the branches left Gordon ‘Tarzan’ Spall very envious. As the bees were gently cajoled into awaiting nets, members had mixed reactions. Some wanted to flee quickly. Others hung around hoping to be stung, enabling them to hit the ball as far as Willis does. It is reported that Ray Flook refused to leave until the last bee had been captured.

A powerful all round performance by the Parks team, with all pairs winning against Purdis Heath, Ipswich, and a solid, gritty performance by the Beaumont team, saw both of the Seniors’ teams reach the semi-finals. Both play Hintlesham at Diss on August 15.

The ladies have a competition called ‘Fives,’ which is not played for in fours or threes but in twos in order to arrive at one winner. The victor was Ann Lockhart, 34 points, who beat Sue Jackson, 33 points and ladies’ captain, Deborah Dann, 32 points.

Proving she is as skilful with golf clubs as she is with the carving knife, farmer’s wife Lockhart went on to win the Diamond Jubilee Cup with 33 points, two ahead of Judy Taylor and Wendy Sherwood.

Shirley Baxter and Shelagh Johnson were second and third division winners. Carol Bostock, 75net, won the EWGA by a stroke from Lin Ngai with Clare Woods a further two points behind.

Young Sam Jaggard’s tragic death has stunned Rookery’s members and staff.

He was once a vital part of the Stenson and Hambro teams and captain, Chris Lay, was always full of praise for Sam’s excellent attitude and determination.

It was a great blow when his new post with Robin Mann meant that he had to leave both teams.

His humour and engaging personality always made our Journal photograph sessions both fun and enjoyable.

It is hard to believe that his mischievous smile, friendliness and superb all round, blossoming golfing talents, will not be seen at Rookery again. We trust and pray that his family and close friends will be given great strength at this most difficult time.

David Batley

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