We've had a great run of results and achievements recently but I suppose you could say that we have, practically speaking, reached the end of the golfing calendar for this year. We've still got time for plenty of personal success stories between now and Christmas though, so please keep them coming in. We'll be happy to let everyone know what you've been doing and if there are any exciting plans afoot.
A small field of eleven pairs took part in the lady/junior event at Rushmere (12th October). It was a beautiful autumn day. The course was looking great and playing well, no doubt partly attributable to the recent Suffolk PGA Championship which had been played a few days earlier. The players found the greens to be medium paced.
The format was Foursomes Stableford off half combined handicaps. Handicaps for the girls ranged from 5 to 36 which necessarily led to widely varying scores. That didn’t hamper the enjoyment though and we hope everyone had a good time, including the girls playing their debut event with Suffolk Juniors. There’s a special mention for the beautiful tea & cake provided by Rushmere's catering team.
winners were Mother/Daughter team of Michelle Wilce & Abbie Symonds
(Ipswich) with 36 points. Bev Waspe & Rio Everitt (Stowmarket) came in
second with 31 points and Carol Perks & Chloe Bennett (Rushmere) were third
(on countback) with 30 points.
Success at Rushmere (left to right) Bev Waspe & Rio Everitt (2nd); the winners, Abbie Symonds & Michelle Wilce; Chloe Bennet & Carol Perks.(3rd)
Prizes were presented by Di Glasswell, Vice President of the SVLGA who originally supplied the trophies and kindly continue to support the Junior Girls section each year. Thanks to Sue Cook for marking a card.
Pictured from left - Sue Cook, Frances Danielsen, Laura Lowe (County Captain), Phillipa Collett (Aldeburgh Captain), Jane Hewlett, Eun-Hee Hackman and Susie Manson-Bahr
A two-and-a-half points to a half result put the Stearn Trophy in the hands of Aldeburgh when they met Ipswich at Newton Green. The winners probably heaved a collective sigh of relief for it was effectively their fourth final of 2014 and the only one they have managed to tuck away. It would have been hard to finish with nothing after such a successful season which, if memory serves, did happen to Ipswich one year not so very long ago, so perhaps, knowing what it felt like and, as they pipped Aldeburgh to the post in the Weston Trophy a few weeks back, they would not begrudge their opponents' success this time..
Though it seemed Aldeburgh had one hand on the trophy at lunch, being five up in one match, three up in another and all square in the third, both teams knew that things could pan out very differently in the second eighteen holes of the thirty-six hole contest.
Vanessa Law and Joyce Carraciolo were first out for Ipswich and both were playing well. Vanessa’s shots to the pin were particularly impressive and several times she seized the hole from under the noses of Susie Manson-Bahr and Jane Heweltt. Jane’s long game gave her a little grief for a while and the Aldeburgh lead was gradually whittled away with some steady golf from their opponents until the score stood at all square after eleven holes. An unusual mistake for Ipswich found them taking three off the tee at the short thirteenth, however, and a suddenly rejuvenated Aldeburgh pairing went on to secure the point at sixteen. Scoreline 3/2.
Edwina Rumsey and Di Hitchcock (Ipswich) met Philippa Collett and Eun-Hee Hackman in fine form which continued after lunch. At the first, Eun-Hee chipped up close for a half and she and Philippa moved to four up after two. An equally good chip, but this time from Philly took them to five up after seven. Though Ipswich carried on with determination, they couldn't stem the tide and Aldeburgh eventually reached the fifteenth tee at four up with four to play. Only one more hole was needed for a 4/3 victory.
With the destination of the trophy settled, the third match took an honourable half and, as it was the closest of the three contests, with never more than one or two in it either way, it is quite possible that that would indeed have been the final result had it gone all the way.
Action from the Stearn Final at Newton Green
This was a very pleasant occasion with some really good golf on view, despite the fact that the weather gods had turned crotchety. Rain, wind and general chill was in stark contrast to the fantastic conditions we enjoyed in September. It was disappointing, for the golf course was in inviting condition and the welcome warm as ever.
Thanks are due to Mary Wilderspin who organised the event with her usual aplomb and good humour.
Results (Aldeburgh names first): Susie Manson-Bahr & Jane Hewlett bt Vanessa Law & Joyce Carraciolo 3/2; Philippa Collett & Eun-Hee Hackman bt Edwina Rumsey & Di Hitchcock 4/3; Sue Cook & Frances Danielsen halved with Trudy Laws & Tricia West.
Final Result: Aldeburgh 2.5, Ipswich 0.5.
A new fixture against Norfolk Senior Ladies was added to the calendar in 2014, extra to the popular annual fourball game against the Norfolk Vets. The new match was played at Eaton Golf Club where the mature course was in good condition. Six singles were played off scratch but, while Suffolk fielded a strong side, it was not strong enough to overcome the experienced Norfolk team who won by 5 matches to 1. Everyone enjoyed the excellent Norfolk hospitality and confirmed the match as an annual fixture from now on. Let’s hope next year we can do better at home.
Results (Suffolk names first): Lotti Edmunds lost to Nicky Wylie 3/2, Helen Bray lost to Jean Johnson 3/2, Judy Taylor bt Nicky Clarke 2/1, Jo Moore lost to Eppie Zandvoort 5/4, Pippa Beak lost to Sue Row 5/4, Anne Archer lostto Sadie Lines 2/1.
Final result: Suffolk 1, Norfolk 5.
Jo Moore, Seniors Organiser
A glorious golfing day on a well
prepared course at Fynn Valley greeted the six-a-side teams from Felixstowe and
Aldeburgh, meeting for the second county interclub final this year. It was time for the Cranworth Trophy Final, which saw Felixstowe victorious once again, on this occasion by six matches to
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