Success for best friends at Rookery Park competition

Given their success together as a pair it is not surprising that Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber are best friends and it was not unexpected when they won the Best Friends' Qualifying Competition with 45 points.

Coleman's steady golf made him the anchor man but Barber's form was remarkable and he recorded birdies at the 7th, 10th, 11th and 18th holes.

Coleman hoped to add to his victory by winning the prestigious Scratch Knock-Out Cup.

Given his loyalty and outstanding contribution to the Hambro and Stenson teams the script demanded that he emerged from the final victorious.

Successive bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes in the afternoon round thwarted a story book ending. He can, however, look back on a highly successful season.

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Mike Chaplin was disappointed to lose to Chris Laws in the final of the Spashett Knock-Out but he quickly bounced back to win a 9-Hole Stableford.

His 20 points beat Matt Sherlock, 17 points and David Brown 15 points.

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Remarkably, in a second 9-Hole Stableford, David Brown 19pts, beat Mike Chaplin, 18 points and Matt Sherlock 16 points.

Is it possible that in the next such competition Matt Sherlock will win with David Brown and Mike Chaplin finishing second and third?

The Seniors' Sword has been won by Fred Bush, who joined Rookery after being captain at Caldecott G.C. He played steady golf throughout his round. After playing football for Fulham Sports he felt that, having reached 63 years of age, he needed some more exercise and golf seemed the ideal solution.

Judy Taylor had another success when she beat Wendy Sherwood by two points to win the Hartmann Cup.

In the Murray-Johnson Vase Lin Ngai won with Carole Bostock in second place. Carol Pike gave her son, Sean, a wake-up call by winning the Sayer Cup. Frieda Waldron and June Soanes finished second and third. Soanes said it was more relaxing than playing with a vicar.

When a loud bang shook the clubhouse alarmed members discovered that a member, fondly known as 'Hawkeye,' had failed to live up to his name and had driven his buggy straight into the entrance door.

Thatcher King was quickly on the scene, armed with a notebook and breathalyser. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and theories abound as to why 'Hawkeye' pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

Did he hear that Tommy Butcher was about to buy a round of drinks and try to rush to the bar to witness the event?

Was his golf so bad that he turned to Formula One racing? One colleague believes that he mistook the door for a teebox. Whilst he refuses to put 'L' plates on his buggy he accepts that his nickname must now be changed to 'Lewis,' after the famous racing driver.

David Batley

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