Rookery Park Golf Club stars on a Mission

PUBLISHED: 12:24 26 November 2010

Members of the Rookery Park Golf Club who raised funds for the Fishermans Mission in Lowestoft.

Members of the Rookery Park Golf Club who raised funds for the Fishermans Mission in Lowestoft.


ROOKERY Park has always had a close association with the fishing industry and it was good so see so many members supporting the Fishermen’s Mission Competition.

As a result of the event, won by young Stenson stars, Chris Soanes and Luke Thompson with 45pts, the Mission’s superintendent, Tim Jenkins, who serves 750 retired fishermen, was presented with a cheque for £528.90.

Expressing his thanks to the club, the competitors and Frieda Waldron, he outlined how the money will assist the Mission’s work in helping families of injured or deceased fishermen, involving financial, emotional and practical support.

Sam Jaggard with Ben Wallis 43pts, Marc Hunt with Lee Godbold and Jim Braniff with Colin Cook, 42pts took the rest of the prizes.

In Turkey Three Lee Ingledew played a steady first nine holes, while his partner, John Marjoram, hit sensational form on the second half with a run of three successive birdies. They won with 44pts.

On the eighth hole Marjoram lost his ball and Ingledew hit his into the water. After taking a drop, Ingledew hit the green and sank a 20ft putt to secure a five for two points. Marjoram ended up with six birdies and believes he was helped by using his lucky orange Strixon ball. He is offering two for one to anybody who will exchange orange balls for whites. Lee Ingledew joined Rookery in 2002 after searching for a sport which was “not too energetic”. He took lessons off Mark Sumner and soon won the Long Handicap. A successful partnership with Martin Scott saw the pair win the Long Salvers and eventually play in the UK finals of the World Matchplay Championships. His handicap is now eight, one less than John Marjoram’s.

Ian Cook with Rory Robertson, 43pts, Graham Shillings with Richard Doddington, Callum Monk with Luke Thompson and Ray Flook with Karl Bowler, 42pts were also Turkey prize winners. In the Senior/Junior Competition Peter Clappison, partnered by 15-year-old Michael Sharp, scored a rare victory. Brushing aside his Summer Wine colleagues’ taunts that he had been carried round the course by a schoolboy, he expressed his delight at the general demeanour and all round competence of his young partner.

His usual golfing group is the smallest syndicate in the club and one of the only ones without a name. To commemorate his achievement Clappison suggests that “Clappers’ Crocks” would be an appropriate name.

Michael Sharp, former Suffolk Under 13s badminton champion, has only been playing golf for four months and has brought his handicap down to 27. He did, however, swing a golf club occasionally before taking it seriously, which is not surprising since his father, Paul, played off a handicap of two before his police work forced him into premature retirement.

Grandfather Mike is also a highly competent golfer with an eight handicap. Young Michael is determined to follow in the family tradition.

David Batley

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