Stableford joy for Rookery Park pair

PUBLISHED: 17:08 20 December 2012

Photograph : Charlie Wilderspin and  Mike Reynolds by David Batley

Photograph : Charlie Wilderspin and Mike Reynolds by David Batley


As secretary of the Suffolk Golf Union, Rookery’s former captain, Charlie Wilderspin, is involved in many important decisions regarding the organization of county golf.

In his position as one of the country’s foremost golf referees he often has to make rulings which can have a bearing on the outcomes of the country’s top tournaments.

It was in 1978 that he decided to turn from football to golf and he joined the Stoke-by-Nayland GC.

When his work in the then Midland Bank brought him to Lowestoft, in 1986, he joined Rookery Park and was immediately appointed as the club’s treasurer.

He had not had time to visit the club after his acceptance as a member before a Rookery representative paid him a visit and placed the club’s books on his desk.

Wilderspin settled into his new club quickly and went on to win the Marshall Cup, the Spashett Knock-Out and two Winter Foursomes.

He captained the Tolly team and eventually, in 1990, he became the club captain.

His wife, Mary, became captain of both Rookery and Suffolk Ladies.

In a recent Seniors’ Christmas 4BBB Stableford he paired with Mike Reynolds to win with 40 points.

The pair had no blobs and Wilderspin’s best shot came on the 12th hole when he bent his second shot round the trees to set up a sound par.

Reynolds’ best effort came when he parred the long and difficult 8th hole. A feature of the round was the close rivalry with friends and opponents, another former captain, Billy Donachie and his partner, Roger Boon.

The two pairs were locked in combat until a single shot separated them on the final hole.

Donachie and Boon had to settle for second best in the match but had the consolation of taking second prize in the main competition with 39 points.

Mike Reynolds started golf in 1979 when he retired from football and turned to golf.

His greatest footballing triumph came when he was playing for Fen Park and was brought on as a substitute for the international, ex-Ipswich player, Terry Butcher.

In golf he went on to win the Electrical Trophy, the Famous Grouse and several Turkeys. He won a trophy presented by Ford Motors on two occasions but dare not let on that, at the time, he was employed by Rover.

When the winning pair played together again Wilderspin produced one of the strangest birdies ever seen at Rookery.

As he stood over a birdie putt a loud bang caused him to duff the shot completely. Seconds later a pigeon came down from the sky and landed at his feet on the green. A startled Wilderspin had gained a birdie after all.

David Batley

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