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Woods and Weale win

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:38 05 July 2010

MIKE Woods has proved to be the man in form by adding the RNLI Competition to his recent Valentines Greensomes success.

This time his partner was Alan Weale and the pair returned a winning score of 44 points, with both golfers playing steady golf throughout the round.

MIKE Woods has proved to be the man in form by adding the RNLI Competition to his recent Valentines Greensomes success.

This time his partner was Alan Weale and the pair returned a winning score of 44 points, with both golfers playing steady golf throughout the round.

On the eighth hole Weale's ball came to rest near the sawn off trunks of two recently cut down trees and to improvise a rescue shot he decided to stand on them. Golfers playing the adjacent fifth hole, who now get a clear view of the 8th fairway, were startled to see what they thought was a golfer mounted on stilts.

Keeping his balance, holding the very end of his club and bending his knees, the 19 handicapper hit an excellent shot well down the fairway.

He joined Rookery two years ago from Dunstan Hall.

Woods, who plays off a 19 handicap, joined four years ago from Gorleston.

At the prizegiving ceremony a cheque for £150, raised for the local lifeboat, Spirit of Lowestoft, was presented by club captain, John Stafford, to Mike Richford, RNLI press officer. In thanking the club for its efforts Richford pointed out that the money was timely as the lifeboat is currently undergoing a major refit and has been disassembled into several thousand parts.

The first February Stableford has been won, not surprisingly, by young star Chris Soanes. His 41pts saw him win on a countback from Warren Graham. Luke Thompson, Greg Burgess 40pts and Kyle Cubitt 39pts, took the remaining prizes.

The Rookery Daily Mail team, comprised of the winners of nominated competitions, lost at Caister, proving again how difficult away draws can be in the world of golf.

With Caister as an historic links course and Rookery famed for its many trees, golfers have to adapt to completely different conditions.

If time permitted it would always be fairer for inter-club golf matches to be played home and away over two legs.

The Seniors' February Stableford saw the parade of rejuvenated, well-known veterans.

Billy Groves won with 41pts followed by Mark Sturman, Alan Muffet, Charlie Wilderspin and Roy Newton, all with 39pts.

Members were shocked by the sudden death of two Rookery stalwarts, Kenny Halliday and John Rushmore.

Both were regular users of both the golf course and the clubhouse and both had a keen sense of humour, a dry wit and a warm personality which made them popular and sought after as golfing companions.

They will be sorely missed and condolences go out to their wives, both members of the Rookery ladies section, and the rest of their families.

David Batley

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