Rookery Park member back with a bang in Larkin Cup

PUBLISHED: 17:20 24 May 2012

Mark Harvey, Larkin Cup winner  by  David Batley

Mark Harvey, Larkin Cup winner by David Batley


Rookery’s Mark Harvey became disenchanted with life as a golf professional and finally set up his own parcel business.

He recently felt it was time to prepare a parcel for himself. It consisted of renewed belief, a steadier swing, consistent putting and straighter hitting.

The combination worked when he set off in the Larkin Cup and started with five successive pars.

A double bogey on the 6th hole halted his progress but there followed a recovery which ended with eight consecutive pars. The result was a winning score of 71 net.

Harvey’s disenchantment as a professional came when he first realised that success on the European tour was desperately hard to achieve and that teaching could be extremely frustrating. Although famous comedians, including Les Dennis, arrived for tuition, he found that their antics with a golf club were much funnier than their jokes and he decided that it was time for a career change.

As would be expected his return to amateur status saw him win a string of trophies and other competitions. His greatest triumph came when he won the Suffolk Amateur Championship. Other prizes in the Larkin Cup went to Brian Swann, 71 net, Gerry Hardiman, John Heath, Paul Hunt and another emerging junior, Macca Margetson, all with 72 net.

Rookery’s Parks team set off on the winning trail with a home win against Ufford Park. Chris Lay and David Porter halved the first match but captain, Mike Rees, with Brian Bidwell, gave Rookery a three hole lead. Defeat by a similar margin in the third game set up a grand, last match finale. Eventually, Bob Barnes and Ralph Flatt found themselves two up with one to play and the overall match had been won.

After they lost that last hole the final score was a one hole victory.

Although it left the atmosphere a ‘a little flat’ on the last green, it is believed that the Rookery pair, knowing that victory had been secured, ‘took their foot off the pedal’ to allow their opponents to tell their members about a dramatic one hole defeat. The Rookery team entertains Thorpeness in the next round.

It was interesting to see that Paul Hunt was back to form in the Larkin Cup. He recently allowed himself to be distracted again by his puzzling ambition to be a Premiership football club manager. His unsuccessful application for the Norwich City post, after Bryan Gunn left, was probably due to the fact that he was well known in the locality.

Undeterred, he recently sent in an application for the Chelsea post and was delighted to receive an official reply, which seemed to indicate a genuine interest . It was probably assumed that he might be a relative of Roger Hunt, the former England player who won a World Cup winners’ medal. The application was progressing nicely until Hunt was asked to outline his previous managerial success.

When he replied that the pinnacle of his career was running Beccles Caxton all communication from Chelsea ceased abruptly. Grateful that the England post is now filled, colleagues are persuading the ambitious Hunt to concentrate on golf. Perhaps his recent Larkin Cup success means that he has taken their advice.

David Batley

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