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Suffolk Seniors v Cambs & Hunts Seniors enjoy a halved match… Seniors_v_CambsHunts

Match day dawned and Newmarket Golf Club lay beneath cloudy skies. Whilst being relatively flat, Newmarket is an interesting course in good condition, situated alongside the training track for race horses. The players spent a happy time together and the well-fought matches ended in an honourable half overall. Cambs & Hunts made us feel most welcome and we were treated to an excellent meal after the game.

Jo Moore, Seniors organiser.

Left to right back row in the picture are Jo Moore, Vicki Hunt, Lynne Wright, Joan Garrett and Tessa Summers. Front row: Heather Harvey, Helen Bray and Anne Archer.

Results   (Suffolk names first):  Vicki Hunt & Joan Garrett lost  to Mo Poole & Grace Eastment 2 dn; Helen Bray & Lynne Wright bt Rosemary Farrow & Phoebe Brown 3/1; Anne Archer & Tessa Summers bt Rosemary Iron & Gretta Allen 5/4; Heather Harvey & Jo Moore lost to Sue Hall & Edie Douglas 1 dn.

Final Result:  Suffolk 2, Cambs & Hunts 2.


Alice Barlow, Junior Matchplay Champion 2015…

Monday, August 24th, started fine but, by the time Alice Barlow and Molly Newson reached the ninth at Ufford Park in the Junior Matchplay Final, the clouds  had lowered and the rain was coming down in drops big enough to measure.  At this point, Alice played a delightful chip to the green, one of many that she made over all, and Molly overshot the pin and ran out of bounds, the line being very close to the back of the green.  So Alice turned two up and was looking strong.

This was a fine match regardless of deteriorating weather conditions and the supporters were limited to the County Captain, the Junior Organiser and a couple of parents.  The match is played off scratch so Alice, handicap 5, enjoyed a considerable natural advantage over Molly, who currently plays off 12.  Molly won ten, lost eleven and halved twelve before losing thirteen to go three down.  She stopped the rot at fourteen but, at this point Alice was three up with four to play.  The Rain Gods were still having fun and everyone might have been forgiven for thinking that Alice had everything sorted.

Molly wasn’t finished though. She won fifteen with a par four, followed up with a par three win at 16 and returned the scoreline to all square with a par four at seventeen.   Was she living a personal fairytale ending?  Eighteen at Ufford is a 436-yard par five and here Alice proved her match play credentials, pitching a super accurate shot from around 100 yards to a point eight feet past the pin.  Molly’s chip ran across the green to stop on the surround.  Her running chip back was fine but exceeded requirements by about six feet. Alice’s putt for the match slid just past the hole and she had to hold her breath while Molly lined things up.  Her putt to take the game down nineteen was a near miss and Alice, one hole to the good, was the Champion for 2015. With the eighteenth green beginning to flood, a collective sigh of relief at avoiding the nineteenth in the circumstances was almost audible.  

Junior_MatchplayWell done to both young ladies, to Alice for her steady, determined, skilful and good-humoured golf, never mind the delightful smile on her face as she was handed the Champion’s trophy and to Molly, for her cheery demeanour and her dazzling tail end effort which bode well for her future in the game.  Alice said this was the toughest match she had faced in the competition and Molly was justifiably happy with her performance.

Final Result:  Alice Barlow (Newton Green) bt Molly Newson (Thorpeness) 1 up.

Julie Latimer-Jones

Dried off and cheerful, Alice holds the trophy  with Molly on her right



Luckman and Whyman win Haskell for Ipswich… Haskell_Final

Pictured from left:  Ipswich Ladies' Captain, Suzanne Lambon, Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman receiving the Haskell Trophy from County Captain, Sarah Saggers


Quite a crowd gathered at Aldeburgh Golf Club to watch the final of the Haskell Trophy 2015.   On a perfect golfing day, Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman made a fast start against the Felixstowe sisters and current holders, Jo Woodward and Amanda Norman.  

The Ipswich team raced to three up before Felixstowe pulled back two holes, helped by a par on eight and a birdie on nine to turn just one down half way round the first eighteen holes of the 36-hole foursomes match. Felixstowe won ten with a birdie which briefly squared things up but they then lost three holes on the bounce which included an Ipswich birdie at the tricky par four twelfth.  Things went along pretty steadily with a Felixstowe win at fourteen and an Ipswich concession when they made a jumble up the long eighteenth, so Ipswich lunched at two up.

It looked a little as though Ipswich had lost their putting touch when they returned to the course.  Felixstowe grabbed the first and second but Ipswich kept calm to win three with a birdie when Felixstowe visited a bush off the tee and did well to make five. A squeak from Jo accompanied a shot from the fourth tee which missed the green and the Ipswich par took them to 2 up.  Ipswich birdied the par five fifth and a par at six was enough to put them 4 up.   Felixstowe secured the eighth but lost the ninth to a bogey five, going 4 down again. Ten was halved and a cracking shot to the pin from Lottie, the current county champion, followed by a good putt from Sharon made an unmatchable birdie at eleven, despite the rain which was pouring down by this time.  Ipswich 5 up.

Felixstowe looked to have a chance at twelve before Lottie sank a  minor gobbler for a half and, at the next, Sharon holed out from a good length to put Ipswich five up with five to play.   Lottie missed a putt for four at fourteen which gave Amanda a chance to save the match.   With the ball safely in the hole, the Felixstowe deficit was reduced to four and the action moved on to fifteen.   Both teams were putting for the second shot at the 180 yard short hole.   Amanda was first to play and hit the ball a little too hard.  It slid past the hole and up the slope behind it.   From the downhill side, Sharon hit a cautious lag which was sportingly given, leaving Jo with a tricky downhiller to take the match further.  On this occasion it was too much to ask and Ipswich took the plaudits with a 4/3 win.

Felixstowe had won the Trophy for the last two years so it was probably good for the cup to change hands this year.   Ipswich certainly deserved their victory.   Sarah Saggers, the Suffolk Captain, thanked Aldeburgh for hosting the occasion and Mary Wilderspin for organising the competition.  As usual, the golf made excellent viewing for the spectators.
Julie Latimer-Jones

Final Result:  Ipswich bt Felixstowe 4/3


Junior Match Week at John O'Gaunt Golf ClubJCMW_1

The cheery Suffolk squad seen on the right are Ellie Aldous, Molly Newson, Megan Bailey, Francesca Tindall and Fiona Stokes (back row left to right).  In front (left to right) are Charlotte Gregory, Mary Cuthbert and Alice Barlow.

To view the Full Report and Results for the week, click here




Stearn Trophy 2015...

Please click here for the results of the Quarter Finals - played Monday 3 August
The Draw - following the Quarter Final

Fynn Valley and Ufford Park to meet in Jubilee Shield Final...

The final will take place on Sunday, 13th September, at Diss Golf Club.  Tee time 1.30pm.  

Cranworth 2015

Click here for the up-to-date Draw - with details of matches and venues for the Semi Finals