Season now in full swing at Rookery Park Golf Club
PUBLISHED: 16:14 28 April 2017
Following the diverse mixture of golfing formats over the winter months the Rookery Park season started officially with the RV Fisher Medal Trophy.
This medal format usually provides a tough test and, with a field of 96, just one player managed to break 70 and that was Tom Jermy who posted a nett 67 from his 18 handicap.
Young Tom used his recent golf tuition to good effect and followed up recent near misses with this win. He could be one of the younger golfers to watch out for this year.
Gerry Moore, one of the club’s active senior golf members, recorded an excellent net 70 to take second place, just pipping Matt Sherlock on countback.
The next major trophy saw a large field compete in the popular pairs competition for the Ted Swann Cup. The pair of Steve Morris and Anthony Smith used their fine individual form to good effect with a score of net 65, effectively seven under par, This was only good enough to earn a single shot victory from three pairs, Trevor Gooch and Bob McGill, Lee Humphries and Kelly Gooch and Simon Goldsmith with Jon Fisher.
Both Steve and Anthony have recently encouraged their other halves to take up the game and they should soon be featuring in mixed pairs events.
The most recent mixed event was won by Hannah Rees with Elliot George. Their 39 points was enough to win by a clear two from Jim and Lorna Stather and Julia Calver with Andy Crisp.
With major board competitions coming thick and fast the John Emerson Trophy was contested in a greensomes format. Mike Woods partnered Andy Weale and they took their roll up form into the event to record a whopping 44 points. This was four points clear of second place Bo Bidle and Gerry Hardiman
Preparations are continuing for the club to host the England Golf, Ladies’ Regional Gold Medal Qualifier on Saturday, May 13. With 120 ladies taking part there should be some excellent scoring as contestants go for one of the 10 places available in the Grand Medal Final at Woodhall Spa.
Following up the extensive modifications of the course bunkers the trial phase of the introduction of green’s fescue grass has been very successful. This will be incorporated into all of the greens through the maintenance programme hopefully improving scoring.