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The results of the matches are as follows:
Felixstowe 5, Ufford Park 4;
Aldeburgh 6.5, Thorpeness 2.5
The Final between Felixstowe and Aldeburgh will be played on Thursday, 25th September, at Fynn Valley GC.
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From left to right:
Barbara Cole, Teresa Wardlow, Jo Moore,
Alison Johnstone, Liz Robinson, Lotti Edmonds
Mary Seymour-Taylor, Sandra Ball
A high-spirited, scratch four-ball better-ball match with everyone enjoying an excellent day on the golf course ended in a 2.5 to 1.5 victory for Suffolk.
Alison Johnstone and Mary Seymour-Taylor were playing their first representative match for Suffolk Seniors and Mary gets a special mention for her birdie at the first hole!
Flempton golf course was in superb condition with well-manicured greens all set in lovely, traditional surroundings. Everyone was made to feel most welcome with excellent hospitality and catering.
Jo Moore, Seniors Organiser
Results (Suffolk names first):
Lotti Edmunds & Teresa Wardlaw bt Edie Douglas and Liz Smith 6/5; Alison Johnstone & Liz Robinson lost to Rosemary Farrow and Jude Hole 2 dn; Sandra Ball & Barbara Cole bt Jan Stockham & Sue Hill 5/4; Jo Moore & Mary Seymour-Taylor halved with Glynis Anderson and Barbara Coe.
Final Result: Suffolk 2.5, Cambs & Hunts 1.5.
Suffolk’s Junior team completed their three-day inter-county Match Week at Bury St Edmunds, perhaps not with the results they hoped for but with some valuable and very satisfying experience to file away for future reference. Of course, junior golf teams ebb and flow as the eighteen-year-olds move on into the adult ranks, leaving the younger players to improve their game, happily reduce their handicaps and become more competitive in the process. This year, the three most experienced players, Melissa Schroeder, Abbie Symmonds and Sarah-Jane Barker, all having played an important part in the matches at Bury St Edmunds, leave the junior team and their younger team-mates, who will have profited from their time at Bury and will pick up the mantle for the future.
Suffolk found itself propping up the final league table with one halved match from five but, within that scoreline, there were some significant successes and some good golf and sturdy character on view. The team won half as many match points as the final winners Essex which doesn’t look wonderful on paper, but those who were there must have been content with the determination shown by the girls.
It was unfortunate that Eloise Aldous, Suffolk’s lowest handicapper and prodigiously long hitter, twisted an ankle on day two which put her out of the event. She was plainly unable to continue but her inclusion in the matches would have moved the less experienced players down the line and made life a little easier for them. Amy Bray, Charlie Woodage, Alice Irons and Molly Newson played their part valiantly nevertheless and their golf showed definite promise. A good number of the individual matches reached the seventeenth and several went to eighteen, so the final scores do not tell the whole story.
Suffolk lost to Norfolk four matches to two on the first day, achieved the same result against Cambs & Hunts, halved with Hertfordshire three all, lost to Bedfordshire 1.5 to 4.5. and in the final match Essex were altogether too strong,, winning five to Suffolk’s one, courtesy of Abbie Symmonds who took the point on the eighteenth hole, her last hole as a member of Suffolk's Junior team.
Essex were the overall winners of the East Region trophy, finishing half a point ahead of Norfolk. Bury St Edmunds Golf Club offered wonderful hospitality to everyone; the course was playing well and the weather, though chilly, stayed more or less dry which was a bonus.
Next year the Junior County teams travel to John o’Gaunt. As usual, it will be an occasion to savour.
For a full report of the three days, click here
The Felixstowe partnership of Jo Woodward and Amanda Norman (the Hockley girls) finally got the better of Aldeburgh’s Lotti Edmunds and Blaize Esmond on the 35 th hole of the 36-hole match played at Ufford Park today (15 th August). The aim, of course, was to find the winners of the 2014 Haskell Trophy tournament which Felixstowe have won many times, though not with this team, and Aldeburgh has contested for the last five years, winning twice.
The first eighteen holes was an up and down affair with never more than one hole in it either way. Lunchtime intervened with the match at all square. There was a wind rather than a breeze blowing across Ufford Park’s exposed fairways and several shots from either side finished well off course. There was no repeat of the exploits at the fifth in the morning when a well struck shot hit a large tree and dropped down into a hole in the trunk, but there was one neat birdie, at the 324-yard seventh. Jo holed a decent putt to put her team two ahead when Aldeburgh’s putt for a half failed to drop.
Up to that point the score had once again dodged
between all square and one up to Felixstowe. Aldeburgh messed up on eight, losing another hole, but they
pulled one back at the next with a regulation four which Felixstowe couldn’t
match. The tenth hole (103
yards) was pivotal.
Felixstowe hit the better tee shot onto the green, but Aldeburgh’s
little chip was nearer the hole than the Felixstowe putt which took a
considerable and obviously unexpected borrow. They hadn’t lost their turn, but their ball failed to drop for the par three, leaving Aldeburgh with a shorter uphill putt for the win. Unluckily for them, It pulled up too soon resulting in
a half and no reduction of their deficit which might have made all the difference. At the next they required a provisional tee
shot and the hole turned into a mini disaster, so adding to Felixstowe's advantage.
Blaize Esmond (Aldeburgh) hits a delicate chip to Ufford Park's 10th hole which proved to be an influential point in the second round of the match. Looking on are her partner, Lotti Edmunds (left), and their opponents, Amanda Norman and Jo Woodward (Felixstowe).
Felixstowe won eleven as well and the writing looked to be on the wall. However, Aldeburgh seized thirteen with a regulation four and they had another chance at fourteen when they made much the better approach to the green but in the end could only manage a half in six. They did win the 181-yard fifteenth taking their score to two down with three to play.
It was a tall order but when they halved sixteen and also seventeen, it was too late and Felixstowe took the match by 2/1.
It was good to see Jo Woodward back on the golf course. As Jo Hockley, she won the British Strokeplay Championship and the English and was one of Suffolk’s most illustrious golfers. Despite a long absence, she has not forgotten how to play the game. Her sister paid tribute: ‘She got me round, Bless her!’, she said. It was probably true! She was certainly the most influential player in the later stages of the match.
Final Result: Felixstowe bt Aldeburgh 2/1.
The Start Sheets are now available to download - under Downloads on the right hand side of the page or under the event
The annual Suffolk Golf Day was once again held at Hintlesham Golf Club on Monday 11th August. After the recent wet weather we were lucky enough to have warmth and sunshine albeit windy. Thirty one teams of four played a stableford competition and this was followed by an excellent lunch and prize giving.
1st Betty Belson, Chris Clews, Joan Brown, Philippa Bridges (Diss) - pictured right
2nd. Lizzie Johnson,Jenny Downes, Vivienne Lister, Tibby Mimpress (Newton Green)
Nearest the pin Jacquie Milns (Bury)
Longest Drive. Linda Warner ( Woodbridge)
The presentations were made by Mr. Detmar Hackman, chairman of County sponsors Sabona and Laura Lowe, County Captain.
It was a beautiful day for the matches. Ipswich travelled to Woodbridge and came away 3-0 winners. Stowmarket stayed at home and beat visiting Rookery Park by two matches to one. Cretingham made their way to Flempton where they won two matches and lost one and Aldeburgh won all three matches at home to Thorpeness.
In the semis, Ipswich will play Stowmarket at Hintlesham and Cretingham will take on Aldeburgh at Halesworth. (Date: Monday, 1st September. Tee times: 9.30 and 1.45). Spectators welcome.