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Soanes sinks his rivals

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:53 05 July 2010

Chris Soanes in action. PICTURE: David Batley

Chris Soanes in action. PICTURE: David Batley

JUNIOR Chris Soanes added another string to his growing bow of success when he carried off the Rookery Park Club Championship.

When a lost ball saw him run up a nine on the easiest par four hole on the course it seemed that his challenge was doomed.

JUNIOR Chris Soanes added another string to his growing bow of success when he carried off the Rookery Park Club Championship.

When a lost ball saw him run up a nine on the easiest par four hole on the course it seemed that his challenge was doomed.

Excellent golf on a number of other holes, however, enabled him to catch and tie with friend and rival junior, Luke Thompson.

The championship was to be decided on a play-off between two of the club's most promising young golfers.

A lapse on the putting green by his opponent enabled Soanes to put the trials of the 16th hole behind him and claim the title.

His winning score was 158.

Juniors struck again in the Millennium Bowl when Sam Jaggard fought a tight finish with Chris Reynolds.

He is another 14-year-old who started playing last March, encouraged by his father. Eventually Jaggard's 148 net put him a shot ahead and he carried off the prize. His handicap is now 11.

The members who are putting so much time and effort into the junior section must be delighted to see the continuing fruits of their labours.

An interesting draw in the championship saw Matt Sherlock paired for the first time with Alan Holmes.

The Sherlock - Holmes combination, however, failed to find the clue to the good golf swing and both finished down the field.

The Parks county competition for seniors gave the club's veterans a chance to shine and they came very close to beating Woodbridge.

With John Knight teaming with David Porter and Chris Lay with Ken Sansom having won again and Mike Bryan with Gerry Moore having halved, the last pair had to half the final hole of the match to secure victory.

A Woodbridge birdie, however, sent the game into an extra hole which saw Rookery Park suffer a very narrow defeat.

David Batley

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