Rookery Park’s Steve Cocca wins Sunday Stableford

PUBLISHED: 16:22 23 February 2012

Steve Cocca

Steve Cocca


Rookery’s Steve Cocca is ‘nuts’ about Stablefords.

After winning a number of place prizes and victory in a Sunday Stableford, he has gone out and won an Optional Stableford. After playing the front nine holes in 21 points he came to his favourite part of the course, the half he always plays well.

After starting with three consecutive pars he felt set for staging an impressive finale. Unfortunately, he recorded blobs on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes. Despite these set-backs he managed to seal a victory, leaving himself five shots clear of his nearest rival.

Joining Cocca at the top of the tree was Barry Branch, who finished in second place. Playing with the winner enabled Branch to twig what was required to capture first prize but the resurgent victor had other ideas.

Cocca’s aim is to complete a round of golf without the need for painkillers for his inured leg. He is also appealing to Mike Rees to take account of the blobs when considering any handicap reduction. As he says, if the round had been a medal instead of a stableford, his score may have been well above his handicap. His plea is more in hope than expectation.

The competition was the first to be played off the new black tee markers. The idea is to reduce wear and tear around the white and yellow markers. Ipswich supporters argued that, as one marker is yellow, the new one should be blue. In the current circumstances, however, black was considered to be a more appropriate colour.

The recent Mid-week Stableford was won by Paul Durrant. Flirtation with trees and three putts saw him make a mess of the fifth hole but, despite the cold, the high wind and hard greens, he played the second nine in level twos.

He almost missed the competition, having discovered a puncture in a car tyre as he was about to leave home. An urgent message to playing partner, Bryn Davies, saw him picked up and rushed to the course just in time. Unlike his tyre, Durrant did not run out of wind and later thanked his rescuer and rewarded him with a drink. After taking up golf five years ago he has reduced his handicap to 24.

Cedric Smith was delighted when his 11-year-old granddaughter, Michelle, took up golf.

Although her parents are golfers, Smith thought that, with his long experience, he must show her “how it is done”.

Taking her on the course he demonstrated by hitting a drive down the fairway. He then gave a lecture on stance and grip etc. Ignoring all the advice, the young lady marched on to the teebox and sent her ball flying several yards past her granddad’s. Still in a state of shock, Smith is facing a vote of no confidence in his golfing ability by members of his Wasters’ syndicate.

David Batley

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