Rookery Park member Dwayne Barber holds his nerve in Hambro match

PUBLISHED: 15:11 31 May 2012

Dwayne Barber and Andy Coleman

Dwayne Barber and Andy Coleman


Anyone who has represented his or her club in a golf match will be well aware of the nervous tension which can build up on the first tee box.

Rookery’s Dwayne Barber was no exception when he made his debut in the club’s Hambro match against Stowmarket. After hitting his first drive along the ground he, with partner, Andy Coleman, soon found themselves six holes down. Urged on by his partner, Barber suddenly found his touch and, at the halfway stage, the arrears had been reduced to a single hole. Suitably inspired for the afternoon clash, the pair finished four up, which was the score by which the Rookery team emerged as victors.

The team was weakened by a surprising clash of fixtures which saw scratch pair, Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis, having to play for Suffolk instead of playing in one of the county’s main cup competitions. In the second round Rookery entertains local rivals, Gorleston, in what will be a highly competitive encounter.

In the Saturday Stableford another Rookery junior came to the fore. Sixteen-year-old Liam Pickess, playing in his first adult competition, won with 44 points. Birdies on the fourth, 13th and 14th holes were followed by three putts and a dropped shot on the 15th.

Pickess admitted that the prospect of scoring three successive birdies created some extra tension. James Hogg, “CJ” Jacobs, Rob Dawson and Steve Fidel Tyrrell, took the remaining prizes. Liam Pickess is in a group of highly promising youngsters who, hopefully, will form the basis of future Hambro and Stenson teams.

Over the years many Rookery members have given endless hours of their time in helping juniors. They arrange competitions, team matches and often drive the youngsters to away games. The pay-off for the club, as a result of the time and hard work given to them, is the pleasure of seeing the juniors, eventually, taking their places in Hambro and Stenson teams, helping to bring Rookery success.

Over the years many former juniors have displayed loyalty and courtesy and have expressed their appreciation by representing the club in the county competitions. They felt that it was their duty.

The Saturday Syndicate decided to play one of their “away-day” competitions at Felixstowe, hoping that the scarcity of trees would lead to trouble free rounds. At the end of the day the 23 members had managed to lose 46 golf balls. Two balls were hit onto the beach, scattering the anglers. It was thought that, given his natural dislike of anglers, one of the culprits must have been Barry Fish. The Norwich fan, however, hit his shots straight down the middle of the fairways.

A surprise came when the competitive, pugnacious Ron Burgoyne returned a score of 13 points, which would normally be a poor score over nine holes. His excuse was that he encountered a lively puppy half-way round. As colleagues awaited a duel between the Rottweiler and the puppy, the latter’s owner appeared, picked up the golfer’s ball and ran off with it. Burgoyne had lost a ball without playing a shot.

Passionate Ipswich fan, Graham Colebrooke, unlike his team, proved to be a winner with 31 points. Fellow fan, Mike Reynolds took a different view. He felt that his form should reflect the performances of his beloved tractor boys — so he went out, played below his best and won nothing.

David Batley

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