Rookery Park youngster Newman comes out on top open event of the summer

PUBLISHED: 08:22 04 August 2017

Rookery Park Golf Club's Jack Cardy, Stuart Punt (captain) and Ben Newman. Picture: Billy Donachie

Rookery Park Golf Club's Jack Cardy, Stuart Punt (captain) and Ben Newman. Picture: Billy Donachie


Rookery Park Golf Club’s premier open competition saw a quality field compete over 36 holes for the Fishing Smack Trophy and the Jubilee Cup.

As the event counts towards the Suffolk Order of Merit for golfer of the year many of the top class golfers from the area took part.

However, it was a Rookery Park junior member Ben Newman, fresh into his school holiday, who lifted the Fishing Smack.

A sub par round in the morning put Ben in third spot behind Kevin Roe and Karl Bowler. Another sub par round in the afternoon saw Ben pip Kevin by one shot with fine rounds from Kevin Fitzgerald and senior golfer Geoff Edwards taking them to third and fourth respectively.

Jack Cardy, Suffolk first team captain, showed his class taking the Jubilee Cup with the lowest scratch score.

The Ladies’ Challenge Case Medal once again saw a junior golfer showing the way. Tegan Arlow, returning to golf after her studies, played her first competition in three months and her score of nett 72, three under the card, was just good enough to pip Carole Bostock into second place with third place going to Julia Calver.

In the men’s section the Larkin Cup saw a very close competition with three players tied on nett 69.

Greg Smart-Burgess edged Alan Bidwell and the in-form Karl Bowler on the countback system to lift the trophy. Alan had some consolation in missing out on victory after he recorded a hole-in-one on the par three ninth.

Fourth place went to Richard Boon with a nett 70 which edged a rejuvenated Jon Symon into fifth spot.

Competing in the Suffolk County Stenson Cup the club faced a strong Hintlesham team featuring county first team captain Jack Cardy, as well as current Suffolk Open Champion Sam Debenham.

There was nothing to choose between the two sides after the morning foursomes.

In the afternoon singles club champion Calvin Sherwood, Jack Blowers and Luke Thompson gave Rookery the perfect start.

This was followed by junior captain Conal Downing recording a famous victory over Cardy. However, the result hung in the balance until the final match when Andy Coleman came in with the decisive win to take Rookery through to the semi-finals.

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