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Triangle Trophy joy for Rookery Park juniors

PUBLISHED: 16:56 07 October 2010

Rookery Park Juniors tasted victory in the Triangle Trophy.

Rookery Park Juniors tasted victory in the Triangle Trophy.

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THE Rookery Juniors have just won the Triangle Trophy for the third successive year.

Sarah Barker, Patrick Fitzgerald and Conal Downing were given stints as team captain and gained the experience of having to make a speech.

Other Rookery youngsters involved in the competition included Jasmine Smith, Tom Bloomfield, George Milton and Bradley Plke.

In the Junior Champion Club Tournament, played at Malton and Norton, Calvin Sherwood, after an indifferent first nine holes, stormed back in 24 points, which included a run of three successive birdies.

Mike Stevenson has resigned after a highly successful run as Junior Organiser. He has been appointed by the County Executive Committee as chairman elect of Suffolk Junior Golf. The new appointment has already taken him to a number of junior events.

After a long period in the golfing wilderness, Rory Robertson has recaptured the form that once made him an automatic choice for the club’s Hambro and Stenson teams.

He suddenly re-emerged when he won the President’s Cup with Ian Cook. Within the last month he has won the Professional’s Competition with John O’Sullivan and the Best Friends qualifying competition with the long hitting Richard Doddington.

Although born in Hong Kong, Robertson moved to England and joined an Essex golf club as an 11-year-old junior.

After moving to Rookery his only claim to fame was that he was the only junior who could speak Chinese.

Eventually, he progressed to become the junior captain and delighted his father, the legendary Robbie Robertson, by partnering him to win the Lads n Dads.

The former Hambro star was a witness to one of the most remarkable holes-in-one ever seen at Rookery or any other golf course.

He watched as his partner, the long hitting Brian Symonds, smashed a drive off the 17th teebox. After a loud crack, the ball completely disappeared. The pair were then startled to hear cheers and laughter from the 14th green, which was a good 75 yards behind them.

The ball had struck the ladies’ marker and flown backwards over their heads, before landing on the nearby green and disappearing into the hole. Symonds claimed to be one of the only golfers to score a hole-in-one after hitting the ball backwards.

In the Best Friends qualifier Robertson and Doddington won with 45 pts followed by Bob Barnes with Jim Braniff, 44 pts, Brian Cook with Mark Elmy and Chris and Matt Lay, 43 pts and David Porter and Brian Nicholls, 42 pts.

David Batley

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