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Rookery Park quartet scramble to victory

PUBLISHED: 16:59 27 December 2012

Ralph Flatt, Gerry Hardiman, Ken Sansom and Paul Taylor came together to form a devastating combination in the recent Christmas Texas Scramble.

Starting at the fourth hole they began a sequence which consisted of birdie, birdie, par, eagle, par, birdie, birdie, par, par, birdie, birdie, par, par birdie, birdie par, birdie, birdie.

Their remarkable round could have been better.

On the 11th hole, after Sansom had hit the ball to within 8ft of the pin, they all missed the putt. Apart from that slip the team’s putting was outstanding. Paul McRoberts, Graeme Brown, Gordon Maclean and Joe O’Dwyer finished second.

Mark Saunders and Brian Bidwell are planning to enter next year’s Turkey Five, having just won this year’s, after a similar success last year.

They want to complete a unique Rookery Turkey Five hat-trick. In their most recent effort Saunders played the opening holes wondering whether his partner had experienced a very late night or drank too much festive wine.

Bidwell was making no contribution. After six holes, however, he suddenly woke up, hit top form and produced two birdies.

Saunders responded with a superb par, into the teeth of a strong wind, on the difficult eighth hole, which helped the pair to a winning score of 42 points.

Besides his annual pairing with Bidwell, Saunders decided to experiment with partners for the other three Turkeys by picking a “certain winner,” a “possible winner” and a “no hoper”.

For the middle category he picked John Marjoram and won a prize. With in-form Billy Donachie as his top choice he was certain a second prize was forthcoming.

For his third partner he selected Joe O’Dwyer “just for laugh”. As it turned out, however, it was O’Dwyer who sprang a surprise by helping him to win another prize. His “certain winner” was the only failure.

Bob Barnes and Andy Crisp renewed their Parks’ pairing and entered a Seniors’ Christmas Stableford. The chemistry worked again with tremendous effect.

Barnes scored birdies on the first, 10th and 18th holes, whilst Crisp also produced three birdies, at the fifth, seventh and ninth holes. They had two bogeys, with the remaining holes being played in par.

The secret of why members of the Saturday syndicate try to avoid the right greenside bunker on the second hole has been revealed.

When playing out of that bunker Adrian Brooks hit his ball thin and far too hard.

After it had shot out, cleared the green and disappeared into the trees, there was a loud crash and a shattering of glass.

The ball had sailed through the window of a neighbour’s shed. The reception Brooks received when he tried to retrieve his ball has made his colleagues determined not to suffer a similar fate.

David Batley

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