Scramble to victory
THE December Texas Scramble has been won by the formidable team of Chris and Matt Lay, Rob Dawson and Paul Hunt with a score of 57.9. The star player in the team was seven times club champion, Matt Lay, who also captained both the Suffolk A and B teams to league championships as well as captaining both the Rookery club's Hambro and Stenson teams.
THE December Texas Scramble has been won by the formidable team of Chris and Matt Lay, Rob Dawson and Paul Hunt with a score of 57.9.
The star player in the team was seven times club champion, Matt Lay, who also captained both the Suffolk A and B teams to league championships as well as captaining both the Rookery club's Hambro and Stenson teams.
His long drives over the trees on several dog-leg holes were a feature and he scored birdies on holes one, nine, 13 and 16. Rob Dawson drove the corner to set up another birdie on the 12th hole. He also scored a birdie on the first. He said he had seen more firepower in the round than he had seen all season at Carrow Road, Norwich, where he is a fire steward.
With another top golfer, Chris Lay, playing an anchor role the team were shocked to realise that, with only six holes left to play, they had not used any of the compulsory three drives of their highest handicap member, Paul Hunt, who plays off 13. Hunt rose to occasion and produced three long straight drives. When the team produced an eagle on the 18th hole victory was assured.
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Hunt was not surprised that he held his nerve at the crucial moments. On a group trip to the Wentworth course his low handicap colleagues could hardly contain their mirth when he had to step on to that famous first teebox and they all expected a duff shot.
After being shocked by witnessing a long straight drive they did not produce a decent drive between them. To rub salt in their wounds, Bernard Gallagher, former Ryder Cup player and captain, praised Paul Hunt's putting stroke, having seen it on the practice green. They are all now loathe to make critical comments on their colleague's golf swing.
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The in-form quartet of Andrew Wigg, Shaun Winney, Marc Hunt and Paul Highfield finished second with 58.2 whilst Stuart Punt, Warren Graham, Jason Hipperson and Graeme Brown finished third with 58.4.
Top juniors Chris Soanes, Luke Thompson and Charlie Youngman produced excellent golf but the fourth member of their team failed to turn up. As they had to use three of his drives the team were disqualified. Unfortunately, as he did not check with the professional's shop to confirm whether he was down to play, it was too late for a replacement to be found.
In the December Medal, former junior member Kyle Cubitt won with 39 points from Kelly Gooch, with 38. Andrew Wigg took third place.