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Suffolk Captain, Sarah Saggers (seated centre) with a happy band of golfers at the East Region Senior Championships.
On the left seated is the Nett prize winner, Pam Madams from Bury St Edmonds and, on the right, Rena Stott (Essendon) who retained the Championship trophy she won in 2015.
Ann Graves (Woodbridge) holds the Shield which the Suffolk team won on the day.
Sarah Gotts and Kerry Enever from Diss beat Stowmarket’s Liz Laflin and Fiona Ferrie by 2.5 shots to take the Coronation Foursomes trophies for 2016. The third pairing of Sheila Jarvis and Alice Wan (Felixstowe) lost second place on countback. It was really tight at the top. After the first eighteen holes, there were three pairs in contention and the outcome of the competition wasn’t settled until the final nine holes had been completed.
What more could one ask for a twenty-seven hole foursomes competition than to play it under blue skies in summer sunshine? The answer would probably be some competitive golf and this certainly came the way of the 50 players who relished the challenges set by Ufford Park’s course with its tricky pin positions and over all excellent condition.
The trophies were presented by SLCGA President Hermione Scrope who thanked the Ufford Park ladies for their excellent hospitality both on and off the course and Ufford Park Ltd for the use of the course and the superb refreshments.
1st Sarah Gotts & Kerry Enever (Diss) 112.25
2nd Liz Laflin & Fiona Ferrie (Stowmarket) 114.75 on countback from
3rd Sheila Jarvis & Alice Wan (Felixstowe Ferry) 114.75
4th Pat Crissell & Sarah Beeton (Woodbridge) 118.25
Thanks to Di Cunningham for the information
Alice Barlow (Newton Green), seen here between County President, Miss Hermione Scrope, and Captain, Sarah Saggers, continued her triumphant march through the 2016 season, trudging around an extremely blowyFelixstowe (Sunday 10th July). She returned a creditable
The Baker Plate goes to the girl with the best nett score in the main Championship. Like Alice, Georgia Parker has been capturing headlines for a while. She plays off 18 and returned a 97 for nett 79. She recently won the girls’ prize at the Southwold Junior Open.
The first three girls competing in the 18-hole Stableford also achieved good scores on the day. Mary Cuthbert (Thorpeness) got her hands on the trophy, scoring 31 points off her new handicap of 17. She had come down from 19 just the day before, so that was pretty good going. Behind her was Jessica Buck with 29 points. She plays off 24 at Halesworth, and Fern McCarthy (Flempton) who plays off 36 and scored 28 points.
In the 9-hole Stableford 10-year-old Natasha Gregory (Ipswich) gathered up 13 points, playing off her 34 handicap. Charlotte Smith, on her home course, plays off 36 and scored 10 points. So this was all very encouraging for those who spend considerable time and effort helping the girls to enjoy and improve their golf.
There was one other prize, the annual reward given by Championship organiser, Teresa Wardlaw, who chooses the recipient on the day. This time it went to Mary Cuthbert who holed out from a bunker at the 138-yard ninth hole for a sandy birdie.
Well done to everyone for meeting head on and dealing with a challenging day!
Sarah Howe is completing her term as Junior Organiser this year. Her successor is to be the ever cheerful and enthusiastic Eloise Aldous who was Junior Captain last year.
Last thing, the Suffolk team for Junior Match Week to be held at The Cambridgeshire Golf Club (15th - 17th August) will be: Alice Barlow and Eloise Aldous (Newton Green), Molly Newson (Thorpeness), Fiona Stokes (Haverhill), Megan Bailey (Bungay), Francesca Tindall (Stowmarket), Charlotte Gregory (Ipswich) and Georgia Parker (Bury St Edmunds). Mary Cuthbert (Thorpeness) was named as non-travelling reserve.
Thanks to Teresa Wardlaw for all the information.
County Match Week was such a highlight this year, it seems only fair to run a 'wash-up' column.
Alice Barlow of Newton Green, Suffolk’s current County Champion, is the County’s Junior Captain for 2016 and is still young enough to play in the County Junior Championship this weekend at Felixstowe. Alice thoroughly enjoyed her time in the spotlight, leading out the Suffolk Team at Bishop’s Stortford during County Match Week. She says she really relished the challenge of playing the other County Champions and played very well indeed and was grateful to have her Dad ‘on the bag’ and felt very comfortable. Her only disappointment was losing on the final day to Norfolk’s champion, Ellie Brown, having garnered four points from the other matches against Bedfordshire (Annabel Pitts) , Essex (Bella Jay), Cambs & Hunts (Paula Ewing) and Hertfordshire (Sophie Faulkner). She said ‘Overall, though, I thought it was a very good week’.
Indeed it was! Suffolk missed the prize of a place in the County Finals, to be played at Waterlooville in September, by a measly half point, pipped on the final day by Norfolk who won a narrow victory, and deserved congratulations as they rounded off a very successful week for them. Nevertheless, Suffolk enjoyed a splendid, if somewhat soggy, five days at Bishop’s Stortford, with some excellent golf played and plenty of enthusiastic team spirit.
It is quite a challenge to field a competitive team for a thirty-six-hole match five days in a row. Some of the Suffolk players could not be away from their normal lives for the whole week. However, Vicki Inglis managed half a day longer than she expected to and Lottie Whyman joined in on Friday against Norfolk which was not in the original plan. The team won three matches, against Bedfordshire (5.5-3.5), Essex (6-3) and Cambs & Hunts (7-2), halved with Hertfordshire (4.5-4.5) and lost to Norfolk (5-4). The matches against Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire were marred by rain which caused the foursomes to be abandoned. The teams were given 1.5 points each on each occasion.
Captain Sarah Saggers appreciated hugely the good natured way everyone joined in, not to mention their fantastic efforts on the golf course. Perhaps they’ll have better luck next year!