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Sansom's success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 05 July 2010

A FORTNIGHT ago, popular Rookery senior Kenny Sansom predicted that he was ready to win a main winter competition.

When the draw for Turkey Five paired him with Brian Bidwell he helped to compile a winning score of 44 points to make his prediction come true.

A FORTNIGHT ago, popular Rookery senior Kenny Sansom predicted that he was ready to win a main winter competition.

When the draw for Turkey Five paired him with Brian Bidwell he helped to compile a winning score of 44 points to make his prediction come true.

He will long remember the 16th hole where his second shot perched on the edge of bunker. Having to stand in the bunker to play the shot, he somehow managed to hit the ball into the trap beside him.

Disgusted with himself, he admitted to taking a wild swipe at the ball simply to relieve his frustration.

To his amazement the ball floated out of the sand and almost went into the hole.

Sansom joined Rookery Park in 1982 and was encouraged to take lessons off the then professional, Tony Butcher. After changing from football and tennis to golf, his handicap soon started to come down when he won various medals, Turkeys and the Stevens Eclectic.

He recently represented Rookery in the Parks competition. Sansom looks back on an occasion when he scored a hole-in-one on the ninth hole but, before he could celebrate, another competitor emulated his feat on the same hole in the same competition to steal his thunder. The consolation was that he only had to pay for half of the cost of “drinks all round” in a crowded clubhouse.

Brian Bidwell, the former Lowestoft and Kirkley footballer, joined Rookery in 1988 and took to golf immediately. Eventually he won the Fishing Smack, the Larkin and President's Cups, the Richard Fisher Memorial, the Ted Swann, the Long Salvers, the Family Foursomes and the Steven's Eclectic three times. He also played in the Tolly team.

After his handicap plummeted to seven he broke a wrist and it is now up to eleven.

Andrew Wigg was Turkey Five's most frustrated competitor. Having won two successive main competitions he was set for a historic hat-trick. Drawn with Paul Taylor everything was going well until they reached the 15th hole.

After two shots Wigg was still in the trees.

Taylor played out of one bunker and into another and no points were scored on one of the easiest holes on the course. They finished one point behind the winners.

In the Seniors Stablefords Roy Newton gave his prolonged quest for a handicap cut a power of good by beating Tommy McGill on a countback. Glen Kemp scored a one point victory over Alan Muffett, whose tips from Brian Boon are now paying off.

David Batley

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