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PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:33 05 July 2010

Claire Woods. PICTURE: DAVID BATLEY

Claire Woods. PICTURE: DAVID BATLEY

THE Rookery Valentine's Mixed Greensomes, played over 14 holes, saw in-form Michael Woods team up with wife Clare and win with 34 points.

Their round did not have an auspicious start.

THE Rookery Valentine's Mixed Greensomes, played over 14 holes, saw in-form Michael Woods team up with wife Clare and win with 34 points.

Their round did not have an auspicious start. Clare stepped onto the first teebox and launched into her drive with such enthusiasm that she performed a pirouette and missed the ball completely.

Thankful that it was not a foursome, she quickly recovered her poise and went on to play sound golf, making a full contribution to the family victory.

She took up golf three years ago because she became fed up with being left behind when her husband and son, Andrew, both golfers, went off to the course.

After winning the Murray Johnson and the Handicap Salver she has reduced her handicap to 29. She admits to being hooked on the game and is keen to lower her handicap and eventually stand for a place on the committee.

Maggie and Ivan Rudd, 33pts, Jenny and Peter Ives and Kevin Fitzgerald with promising junior, Sarah Barker, 30pts, took the remaining prizes.

Former star junior, Scott Wylae has just returned to golf after a 20-year lay-off. When just 14 years old, his handicap was down to six. His tutor was a grandfather who was a scratch golfer.

The pressure of A levels followed by a job offshore stopped the youngster's progress and he drifted out of the game in the late 1980s.

After working in Wales he returned to Lowestoft and joined a hockey club where he met Rookery member Chris Thornton, who persuaded him to try a round of golf. Suddenly feeling keen again he joined the club and went out for his first game following the lay-off.

After two holes of taking it easy the old confidence returned and on the third tee he launched into his drive with such venom that his club struck the tee peg and buried it in the ground whilst the ball popped forward a mere two inches.

He regained control and played steadily until the last hole where his ball landed in a bunker and came to rest on a frozen puddle.

Scorning any relief he launched into what he expected to be a delicate pitch out to the pin. Ice flew everywhere whilst the ball rose gently a few feet in the air before landing back in its original position, splashing the bemused golfer with more water.

Undeterred, Wylae now threatens to practice until the former skills return and he is knocking on the Hambro door.

David Batley

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