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Shield success for Park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 06 July 2010

ROOKERY Park pulled off a dramatic win in the Stenson Shield away match at Felixstowe.

A morning lead of 3-1 quickly evaporated as the home team launched a comeback in the singles matches, which promised them a dramatic victory.

ROOKERY Park pulled off a dramatic win in the Stenson Shield away match at Felixstowe.

A morning lead of 3-1 quickly evaporated as the home team launched a comeback in the singles matches, which promised them a dramatic victory.

The visitors, however, held their nerve and with Matt Lay, Ben Wallis, Paul McRoberts and Chris Soanes all clinching last hole successes, Rookery held on for a memorable victory.

In the PGA Medal Sean Pike emerged from a barren spell to score a 68 net for a two stroke victory over Kevin Utton.

It was case of a seniors revival as former captain Charlie Wilderspin 71 net and Keith Bagot, proving that there was still life in the old sea dog with 72 net, sandwiched Lee Godbold 72 net, to scoop the remaining prizes.

After failing to win anything during 27 years as a member Trevor Hook has now won two competitions in a matter of a few weeks.

He put his previous failures down to his concentration on football where, as a midfielder, he took on the nick-name of famous Norwich City player Ian Crook and became known as 'Chippy.'

Hook played in the same team as Rookery shop manager Robert Pettit.

His partner in the recent John Emerson Greensomes Trophy, Paul Harrod, was another unlikely winner who took up golf only because he fancied “a stroll in the sun.”

It was his first success. The performance of both golfers was nicely balanced when all of his drives were used on the front nine and his partner's were used on the second half.

A critical moment in their round came when Harrod hit his ball into the trees on the 13th hole and Hook, who had been having trouble with his chip shots, was faced with just such a shot to get the ball back onto the fairway.

In desperation he used a putter with such effect that the pair managed to produce a net par on their way to victory.

Harrod's most embarrassing moment came when he caddied for Gary Flatt in the recent Tolly match.

After a consultation to determine yardage to the green, the pair turned round to find that the golf clubs and trolley had completely disappeared.

The caddie had forgotten to switch off the power and the trolley had set off on a journey across the course before being retrieved by a spectator.

David Batley

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