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Rookery Park youngsters are winners

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 06 July 2010

The successful Rookery Park team. Left to right: Calvin Sherwood, Luke Thompson, Chris Soanes (team manager), Tom Pettifer, Jack Harper, Guy Mummery and Jack Blowers.

The successful Rookery Park team. Left to right: Calvin Sherwood, Luke Thompson, Chris Soanes (team manager), Tom Pettifer, Jack Harper, Guy Mummery and Jack Blowers.

After their success in the Suffolk Junior Handicap Cup, the Rookery Park team headed to Orsett Golf Club for the South East Regional Final.

However, the team of of Calvin Sherwood, Guy Mummery, Tom Pettifer, Jack Harper, Jack Blowers and Luke Thompson had an unfortunate start when they were directed to the wrong hotel.

After their success in the Suffolk Junior Handicap Cup, the Rookery Park team headed to Orsett Golf Club for the South East Regional Final.

However, the team of of Calvin Sherwood, Guy Mummery, Tom Pettifer, Jack Harper, Jack Blowers and Luke Thompson had an unfortunate start when they were directed to the wrong hotel.

They were sent on a round trip lasting 45 minutes when their actual hotel was just a five minutes walk away.

And unfortunately the top form they had shown previously suddenly deserted them as they grappled with a completely different and unfamiliar format and they finished fifth in a ten team field.

The outstanding performer was Thompson, whose display made up for his being the only loser against Ufford Park in the Suffolk Junior Handicap Cup earlier.

The cup is open to all golf clubs in the county and members were delighted when the Rookery team won through to meet Ufford Park in the final at Southwold.

Although expecting a tough encounter, the Rookery team , hit top form and swept away the opposition with a resounding 5-1 victory to bring the trophy home to Lowestoft.

Sherwood notched up a 5&4 victory.

Pettifer hit the shot of the match when he drove the par 4 third hole and narrowly missed an eagle.

Harper knocked his tee shot through to the back of the green on the shorter par 4 hole whilst Mummery chipped in for a birdie on his second hole.

Blowers notched up five birdies in his impressive victory.

Thompson won his first two holes but eventually lost a tight game 2&1.

The newly formed Suffolk Junior Order of Merit involved the best ten scratch scores from official junior competitions held at clubs throughout the county.

The points accumulated from the scores were added to those gained from scores recorded in the Suffolk Junior Championship and from this data the Suffolk Order of Merit was formed.

Rookery Park was delighted to have Thompson, Pettifer and Sherwood, in that order, take the top three places.

The outstanding success of Rookery juniors is a great compliment to the work of Simon Goldsmith, Lils James, Kevin Fitzgerald, Mike Stevenson, junior organiser, and new team manager, Chris Soanes.

In the 9-hole Stableford Matt Lay finished second again but gained more satisfaction than in the last such competition.

On that occasion he was beaten by his father Chris, who, he alleges, never let him forget it.

This time he was beaten by Ian Harbord, whose 19 pts gained a one-stroke victory.

However, whilst Matt Lay gained another runner-up position, his father finished down the field. Harmony in the household has now been restored.

David Batley

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