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Rookery Park's rising stars on a Fishermen's Mission

PUBLISHED: 16:26 22 November 2012

From left to right - Seniors champion, Bob Barnes, Vic Godbold, Macca Margetson and Tom Reeve by David Batley.

From left to right - Seniors champion, Bob Barnes, Vic Godbold, Macca Margetson and Tom Reeve by David Batley.

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The Fishermen's Mission competition saw two more of Rookery's young rising stars, Macca Margetson and Tom Reeve, both 16 years old, emerge from the current crop of promising juniors to take first prize with 45 points.

Margetson scored birdies on the fourth and 15th holes but missed a 3ft putt for another on the ninth. Reeve recovered from an unusual shank to birdie the 15th hole. Both youngsters played steady golf and hope to be members of next season’s Tolly squad. Their ultimate aim is to represent Rookery in the Stenson.

Adrian Wicks and Rob Dawson beat Paul Harrod and Ian Howlett on a countback to take second place. Both pairs scored 43pts.

Bob Barnes, fresh from his victory in the Seniors’ Club Championship, won another seniors’ competition with 37 pts. Although his worst hole was the 11th, his bogey hole, he recorded no blobs and produced birdies on the seventh and fifth holes. His handicap is now ten. Roger Boon finished second on a countback with Barry Holmes taking third place.

Vic Godbold has also won a Seniors’ Stableford, beating Geoff Edwards and Pat Barton by two shots. He joined the old Pakefield club in 1967 having played football for Lowestoft Town and Gorleston. His father-in-law the late Dickie Doddington, also a star footballer, took him to the club and suggested that he swing a driver.

Those of us who watched were startled to see a beautiful, near perfect action from somebody who had never swung a golf club before. It was no surprise when his initial handicap quickly started to tumble. Although he went on to win a string of competitions his earliest experiences bordered on farce. On one occasion his partner swung violently at a drive, hit the ground hard and caused the head to fly off the club.

The endless twine which, in those days, helped to secure the clubhead, unravelled in the air and engulfed the startled golfer, wrapping itself round his neck, ears and nose. A frantic Godbold was unsure how long he could take to free his colleague and search for the clubhead.

Shortly afterwards another partner fell to the ground yelling in agony, immediately after playing a shot. Somehow the ball had been hoicked into a nearby tree and rebounded straight into the golfer’s midriff. Fortunately, no lasting damage had been done. Farce also featured in one of Godbold’s first games at Rookery. A lady approached him on the 18th tee and asked if he had left a driver headcover she could see on the 17th green. When he said no she went to collect the cover but was startled to discover that it was a baby rabbit. After that he won more competitions and played in the Hambro and Stenson teams.

David Batley

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