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English County Championship Finals, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, 18 - 22 September 2017




You will remember that our County team won the East Region's place in the County Finals at Hunstanton in June.   Here they are in their County 'Blues' with coach, Kevin Lovelock alongside!  The match draw for the Finals to be played at Felixstowe in September, was conducted by England President Mr John Williams.   This is how it came out:

Monday, 18th September:  Match 1 - Nottinghamshire v Buckinghamshire;  Match 2 - Gloucestershire v Suffolk;  Match 3 - Hampshire v Yorkshire.
Tuesday, 19th September:  Match 1 - Gloucestershire v Hampshire;  Match 2 - Buckinghamshire v Suffolk;  Match 3 - Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire.
Wednesday 20th September:  Match 1 - Suffolk v Yorkshire;  Match 2 - Nottinghamshire v Hampshire;  Match 3 - Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire.
Thursday, 21 September:  Match 1 - Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire;  Match 2 - Buckinghamshire v Yorkshire;  Match 3 - Hampshire v Suffolk.
Friday, 22nd September:  Match 1 - Hampshire v Buckinghamshire;  Match 2 - Yorkshire v Gloucestershire;  Match 3 - Suffolk v Nottinghamshire.

Start Times,  Foursomes and Singles:  Match 1 - 08.30 and 12.45;  Match 2 - 08.54 and 13.33;  Match 3 - 09.18 and 14.21.


Fiona Stokes is the new Suffolk Junior Champion...


Fiona Stokes from Haverhill became the Suffolk Girls Junior Champion at Fynn Valley Golf Club on Sunday 16th July, winning the Moss Blundell trophy. Conditions were good for the small field, with just six girls playing a Medal round and six more doing a Stableford.

Fiona’s round of 80 against the par of 70 was a solid effort playing off seven and also earned her second place in the nett competition. Rio Everett (Bury St Edmunds), whose opening birdie at the par four first hole set her off on a steady round, was the runner-up on 83, three under her handicap, and the resulting nett 68 won the handicap competition and earned her The Baker Plate.

In the Stableford competition for handicaps twenty-one and above, the Holley Cup was won by Layla Farthing from St Clements. Playing off twenty-eight, long hitting Layla impressed with her course management as well as her ball striking. Two birdies balanced out two ‘blobs’ leading to a final score of 38 points. She was kept on her toes by her playing partner. Juliette Coffey from Woodbridge will not be playing off 36 for long. Her beautifully struck shot on the tricky par three sixth left her with a tap-in for a birdie which amassed five points and contributed to a final total of 37 points. Grace Fricker (Ufford Park, who currently plays off twenty-nine, returned a steady 36 points score and Natasha Gregory of Ipswich, thirty-one handicap, scored a respectable 32 points.

Sadly the number of Junior girls in Suffolk has dipped lately but junior organiser Eloise Aldous will shortly announce the team for Junior county match week in August at Colne Valley Golf Club.

Teresa Wardlaw


Suffolk Seniors enjoy their match against Bedfordshire Seniors…

Playing at Flempton on 14th July, and if you simply looked at the final scoreline, Suffolk took their Bedfordshire counterparts to the cleaners with a resounding 4-0 win. In fact, though, the four matches were closely contested in the usual the format of four ball better ball off scratch.

Kate Price, the Bedfordshire Captain played particularly well. In the absence of her partner who failed to turn up, she was allowed to play two balls. There was never more than one shot difference until the final hole when her opponents, the Suffolk Captain, Tessa Summers playing with Judith Bedwell managed to win by 2 holes.

The golf course was in great condition, offering lots of birdie and eagle opportunities and luckily the weather remained dry.

Results (Suffolk names first):
Mary Seymour-Taylor & Wendy Wilderspin bt Sue Colledge & Hilary Pearmain 3/2;
Tessa Summers & Judith Bedwell bt Kate Price 2 up;
Sue Tyler & Irma Suttle bt Sandra Gardner & Pauline Hulance 3/1;
Janet Christmas & Yvonne Hollis bt Joss Faris & Irene Abri 1 up.
Final Result: Suffolk 4, Bedfordshire 0.


Hintlesham pair win Coronation Foursomes…

Hintlesham's Lynne Barrett (left) and Debbie Howlett (right) won the Coronation Foursomes played at Halesworth, 13th July. They were two-and-a-half shots ahead of their nearest rivals, Judith Bedwell and Sally McCoy of the host club.   Here they are seen on the lovely wide green expanse of Halesworth.


Coronation Foursomes Winners

The 27-hole Foursomes Medal competition got off to a great start in lovely sunshine with a slight breeze to keep the competitors cool. The ladies from Halesworth greeted the twenty-six pairs from across the County representing thirteen different clubs. The course was in superb condition and some very good golf was played. Although the skies clouded over after lunch and the temperature dropped, the weather remained pleasant for playing.  The catering was wonderful and everyone enjoyed their lunch with plenty of time to tee off for their afternoon nine holes. The caterers then had a quick turnaround before providing afternoon tea.

County President Hermione Scrope, herself among the prize winners, thanked all concerned for their help in providing an enjoyable day and presented the prizes.

1st Lynne Barrett & Debbie Howlett (Hintlesham) 108.75;
2nd Judith Bedwell & Sally McCoy 111.25;
3rd Liz Laflin & Fiona Ferrie (Stowmarket) 112;
4th Hermione Scrope & Pippa Beak (Flempton) 113.25.

Thanks to Dianne Clarke


SLCGA Committee beat Suffolk Seniors 3-1 in their inaugural match…

Stowmarket golf course was in superb condition and was a fitting setting for the inaugural match between Suffolk Seniors and the SLCGA Committee, played on 30th June 2017. Three regular players for the Seniors, Lynne Wright, Debbie Anthistle and Tessa Summer, wore their ‘other hats’ to represent the Committee.

Giving shots in three of their four matches, the Greensomes format was challenging for the Seniors. The only winners were Sandra Ball and Helen Bray. Despite giving their opponents seven shots, their combined competitive experience from their days in international hockey probably helped them to come out on top. Anne Archer and Eunice Gray, representing the Committee, played extremely well together to beat Jude Hanner and Jane Darling who brought her dog along as a, not so lucky, mascot!

Ellie Aldous, the County’s Junior Organiser and a scratch golfer, showed her amazing power on the par five thirteenth.  Her shot following her partner's drive was long enough to reach the green but, unfortunately, it landed on the second green instead of the thirteenth!   Never mind, it was was an incredible shot just the same. She followed it with a 276-yard drive up the hilly fourteenth hole.                                                                                                                        Thanks to Tessa Summers for her report.


Results (Seniors names first): Vicki Hunt & Yvonne Hollis lost to Tessa Summers & Eloise Aldous 1 down; Fiona Ferrie & Jane Wharton lost to Debbie Anthistle & Chris Lynch-Bates 4/3; Sandra Ball & Helen Bray bt Jen Cardwell & Lynne Wright 2/1; Jude Hanner & Jane Darling lost to Eunice Gray & Anne Archer 4/3.

Final Result: Seniors 1, Committee 3.


Catching Up with the Cranworth Trophy:  1st Round Results...

Halesworth played St Audrys at Gorleston.  Halesworth won by 6.5 to 2.5;
Gorleston played Thorpeness at Rookery Park:  Gorleston won by 6 points to 3;
Newton Green played Seckford at Fynn Valley:  Newton Green won by 6.5 to 2.5;
Bury St Edmunds played Ipswich at Stowmarket:  Bury St Edmunds won by 6 points to 3;
Aldeburgh played Ufford Park at Woodbridge.  Aldeburgh won by 6 points to 3;
Fynn Valley played Felixstowe at Newton Green.  Fynn Valley won by 5.5 to 3.5;
Woodbridge and Flempton met at St Audrys.  Woodbridge 7, Flempton 2;
Stowmarket bt Rookery Park by 7.5 to 2.5, playing at Ufford Park.


The 1st Round of The Stearn Trophy was played on Monday, 3rd July...

Royal Worlington were at home to Haverhill.  Worlington were victorious;
Hintlesham, at home, beat Thorpeness;
Southwold lost when they travelled to Bury St Edmunds;
Ufford Park beat Gorleston who were their visitors;
Fynn Valley travelled to Woodbridge where Fynn Valley won;
Cretingham entertained Stowmarket and came out on top;
The Suffolk, playing at home, beat Rushmere;
Felixstowe went to Aldeburgh and had a good win there.