2021 Haskell Trophy Winner
Rookery Park Golf Club
Our team was Carole Bostock and Hannah Rees.
Hannah and Carole got through to the final of the Haskell in 2018 and 2019, and as there was no competition in 2020, this was the third year running. Remarkably, in the final they came up against Jo Woodward and Amanda Norman from Felixstowe in both 2018 and 2019, going to the 36th hole on both occasions!
Rookery Park had previously won the trophy in 2005, 2003 and 1983. We are a club of about 900 members, of whom about 80 are ladies.
It goes without saying how proud we were to win the Haskell trophy this year.
Let me know if you want any other info,
A team shall consist of one pair from each Club.
This is a scratch foursomes match-play competition. All Rounds are to be played over 36 holes to a conclusion – i.e. if a team is four up after 18 holes, they start at four up on the first hole of the second 18 and, if tied after 36 holes, continue on 37th hole to a sudden death conclusion.
The venues will be drawn on a Home or Away basis. There are no set date for each Round to be played – each match is by agreement between the Clubs within a specified time frame – the only exceptions are the Semi-Finals and Final, which will be held at neutral courses on specified dates, chosen by the SLCGA.
The Haskell Trophy was presented to the SLCGA in 1969 by Granville Haskell, a well known Ipswich businessman who owned a jewellers shop in Tavern Street and who was a long-standing member of Purdis Heath Golf Club. He was a wonderful supporter of women’s golf and presented his trophy after the Final every year for as long as he was able. Habitually, he turned up with generous prizes for the winners. He died in 1998 at the age of 82.
The trophy itself is a beautiful cup, tall and blessed with elegant simplicity and gracefully curving handles. Its winners would most probably tell you that, outside the inter-county matches and arguably the regional open competitions, the Haskell Trophy matches constitute the most enjoyable golf they play. Competition is always keen and it is hard to beat a foursomes match played between skilful golfers in good form. The 36-hole format demands determination and prolonged concentration and usually offers up plenty of swings and roundabouts! And then there is lunch and what went before it might well be turned on its head afterwards.
The Final match is refereed with the score being announced at the end of each hole so that spectators find it easy to become involved. More spectators would be very welcome. See Events for the date, which is usually in mid-August.