Winner’s hole-in-one lights up top regional ladies’ competition at Rookery Park

PUBLISHED: 06:48 26 May 2017

Paula Wendleken recorded an ace on her way to success in a regional competition at Rookery Park. Picture: William Donachie.

Paula Wendleken recorded an ace on her way to success in a regional competition at Rookery Park. Picture: William Donachie.


Rookery Park had the privilege of hosting the Eastern Regional Final of the Ladies’ England Golf Union event, the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy.

A field of 120 club golfers from the region qualified for the event, where they were chasing 10 qualifying spots for the national final later in the summer.

In addition the top nine players will play in the pro-am at the Bridgestone Challenge in September.

With the Rookery Course in tip-top condition there was some great scoring from the lady golfers, none more so than the winner Paula Wendleken. The Essex golfer certainly had a day to remember as she aced the ninth hole on her way to a winning score of nett 69.

Dawn Futter from Great Yarmouth & Caister qualified for the finall. She returned a good score of 73, one under par, to finish eighth. Susan Boast of Costessey Park, Bet Howson of Mundesley and Phon Green of Bawburgh all finished in the top 20.

Rookery Park’s ladies’ team progressed to the quarter-final of the Suffolk Seniors Jubilee Shield with a comprehensive 29-hole victory over Brett Vale. They now face Felixstowe Ferry at home.

In the Colvin Cup Carol Bostock continued her excellent recent form to take the Division One prize. However the overall winner was immediate past captain Carol Brown,who shot a nett 69.

The men’s Suffolk County competitions continued with mixed fortunes for Rookery teams.

The Hambro squad had a healthy 10-hole win against a strong team from Aldeburgh. The Tolly team, current trophy holders, had a substantial 36-hole victory over Bamford but an unfortunate clerical mishap, which contravened the competition rules, meant that Bramford were awarded the victory.

The Seniors’ Beaumont team were once again drawn away at the Suffolk club. In a close-fought match, a repeat of 2016, the home team’s course knowledge proved decisive in the six-hole defeat.

The Rookery competitions continued with fine conditions for the Stevens Challenge Cup.

This proved to be a battle between Mark Henderson and Simon Goldspink. Mark, who is the club’s head greenkeeper, eventually prevailed after an exceptional final nine holes in one under par for a gross 74. Simon had to be content with a 75.

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