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Cranworth Trophy.  1st Round results:

Gorleston bt Royal Worlington 6.5 - 2.5;
Seckford bt Hintlesham 5 - 4;
Newton Green bt Southwold 7.5 - 1.5;
Bury St Edmunds bt Diss 5.5 - 3.5;
Aldeburgh bt Bungay 5.5 - 3.5;
Fynn Valley bt Haverhill 6 - 3;
Felixstowe bt Rushmere 7.5 - 1.5;
Flempton bt Cretingham 5 - 4.


County Team 2017 announced…

Following an enjoyable, hard-fought and honourably halved match against the gentlemen of Thorpeness, County Captain Vanessa Bell announced the team to travel to Hunstanton for County Match Week (19th - 23rd June). This year, it was agreed that team selection would be based not on County Championships alone but on a collective picture of the players’ golf over the course of the winter season and the commitment shown to training and matches.

The Captain’s final selection is therefore as follows: Alice Barlow (Hintlesham), Vanessa Bell (Captain, Ipswich), Fiona Edmond (Ipswich), Lils James (Bungay), Vicki Inglis (Ipswich), Sharon Luckman, Abbie Symonds and Lottie Whyman (all Ipswich). Fiona Stokes (Haverhill), still a junior, is named as Reserve and will join the team for a couple of days to gain experience of the ‘goings-on’ of golf at inter-County level, together with the possibility of having a game.

The Captain is confident that Suffolk has a strong chance of winning through to the County Finals this year. She said “I’m really looking forward to getting up there and starting the competition.’


Division Three meeting: Edwina Hughes wins the Silver Quaiche…

With a splendid score of 40 points, Edwina Hughes finished one point ahead of Vonnie Thornton to win the Silver Quaiche, heading the list of 35 players who had come from 11 clubs.

Heavy rain during the night, had fallen on dry, baked ground rendering the Gorleston golf course water-logged. The groundsman said he would make a decision on opening the course 30 minutes after the rain stopped. Eventually, he declared the course playable with the exception of the bunkers which were designated GUR. As one competitor said, very poor visibility which followed the rain, made things tricky but the fog burned off about half way round, improving the scores no end!  From there on, the sun shone. Everyone enjoyed the golf and the course.

Gorleston won the Belstead shield by eleven points. It was a very good score and perhaps an unsurprising result in the circumstances.

The Silver Quaich and 1st prize: Edwina Hughes (Stowmarket) 40 pts;
2nd Vonnie Thornton (Gorleston) 39 pts;
3rd Pam Willshere (Stowmarket) 37 pts ocb;
4th Maureen Duckett (Gorleston) 37 pts.

The Belstead Shield:
Gorleston 108 pts (Vonnie Thornton, Maureen Duckett, Marieta Holmes).
Runners up: Fynn Valley 97 pts (Valerie Dadge, Sally Crosby, Jean Emmerson).


An English golfing title crowns a fabulous few days for Ipswich golfer…

Fiona Edmond, scratch golfer and a committed member of the Suffolk team, played a great part in the County Championship at Aldeburgh (12-14th May) before motoring to South Staffs Golf Club to compete in the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Probably nicely sharpened up to a competitive edge after a busy weekend when she won the Suffolk Strokeplay title and only bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Matchplay event, she clinched the English title in emphatic terms. Needing to make a six foot putt to win the final match against Aileen Greenfield of Sussex she holed out smoothly, wrapping up a thrilling 2/1 victory.

Fiona said she had dreamed of just this scenario and she was very excited to have it come true. Fiona, who was the first woman to win a Cambridge blue for golf, gave up the game for years, overcoming a bout of ME and then bringing up her family of six children. She only returned to the golfing scene three years ago and now it seems as if she had never gone away. We are all delighted for her.


Beryl Dewhurst wins The Olive Carruthers Cup...


Beryl Dewhurst (Fynn Valley), Joan Hogarth (Bury St Edmunds) and Monica Begg (Woodbridge) all notched up 34 Stableford points in the Division 4 meeting, played on a beautiful spring day at Cretingham, but Joan and Monica  just lost out on countback missing the Olive Carruthers Cup by a whisker.  42 ladies representing 12 clubs played on the day.

The course was very dry and the ball was running, making life a little easier for the contestants.  Excellent food, plus the care and cheeriness of staff and members of the Club made for a very enjoyable day.

1st prize and the Olive Carruthers Cup:  Beryl Dewhurst (Fynn Valley) 34 pts; 
2nd:  Joan Hogarth, (Bury St Edmunds) 34 pts ocb;
3rd:  Monica Begg (Woodbridge) 34 pts ocb.
4th:  Gillian Freeman (Stowmarket) 32 pts.

Division Shield:
1st  Fynn Valley:  Beryl Dewhurst, Coral George, Judith Cole-Jones 95 pts;
2nd Bury St Edmunds: Joan Hogarth, Jane Snow, Mary Young.        92 pts.


Final Day: Alice Barlow retains her Championship title…


aliceFiona Edmond and Alice Barlow set off on their semi-final match as they meant to go on. It was a very close contest. Alice was 1 up after twelve holes but Fiona squared again with a birdie at thirteen. Eventually one of them had to win the eighteenth to go through. It was a scramble for respectability all the way along the hole with almost no problem left out of the equation but, in the end, it was Alice who won through to the final match.

Vanessa Bell and Sharon Luckman had a very similar experience though Vanessa was two up after nine. Sharon reduced the margin to one by the thirteenth tee and thereafter the match became tighter and tighter. This one, too, had its vicissitudes down eighteen where Sharon got the better result, winning through to meet Alice in the final after a very brief break for lunch.

This was really good golf all round and hard luck for Vanessa and Fiona though the latter might have been relieved, setting off quite quickly for South Staffs Golf Club and the English Seniors Women’s Amateur Championship beginning Monday.

Alice started the better, playing par golf as the final match got going. Sharon, having only a very short break after a rather slow morning round where much waiting was required, found herself two down after three holes. At four, Alice hit a strange shot off the tee, finishing short of the sleepered bunker. Her chip rushed over the hole. Sharon, bunkered at the back, came out well and also passed over the hole. Alice missed with her longer putt. Sharon sank hers to pull back to 1 down only to concede the next. Both played six immaculately. At seven, Alice overshot with the putter for four; Sharon hit a wonderful second shot to ten feet and just missed the birdie putt, but four was good enough to win. Back to 1 down. At nine, Alice dropped another shot, having found a bunker off the tee. Sharon’s drive was long and dead centre and here a par four squared the match again.

The status quo was maintained until twelve where Sharon mishit her tee shot but played a glorious second, knocking in the putt for birdie to go 1up. Thirteen was halved but Sharon struggled along fourteen while Alice manufactured a traditional four to square again. At fifteen both were on the green from the tee, equidistant from the hole. Sharon missed a curly two-to-three foot putt to surrender the hole. Alice 1 up.  Sharon made birdie on the par 5 sixteenth which Alice couldn’t match. All square once more. This was exciting stuff!

The Barlow tee shot was near enough centre green at seventeen with Luckman in the right hand bunker. Alice holed out for three to move to eighteen with a 1-hole margin. Tension filled the air as they made their way along the final hole. Sharon was long down the middle, her driving powerful and accurate; Alice drove into the left rough. Sharon was pin high on a greenside bank.  Alice, left of the pin, needed two putts to hole out. Sharon played a delicate chip from the slope and sank the putt. Half in five was all it took for them to shake hands and Alice had retained the trophy she won last year.

It was a display of focused and accurate golf played by a young woman who had a wonderful time in 2016, her last year as a junior. It seems she is continuing in the same vein. Sharon Luckman is an extraordinary golfer, well known for her determination to carry on when things don’t look too hopeful.  She is difficult to beat.  It was a pleasure to watch the two of them battle it out.

Alice Barlow (Hintlesham) bt Fiona Edmond (Ipswich) at 18th
Sharon Luckman (Ipswich) bt Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) at 18th

Barlow bt Luckman 1up.