Bury St Edmunds reach finals of both Hambro and Tolly Cobbold Cups

HAVERHILL HAMBRO TEAM: Back row (from left): Andy Fish, Andy Underwood, John Kennedy, Dave Pipe, Jac

HAVERHILL HAMBRO TEAM: Back row (from left): Andy Fish, Andy Underwood, John Kennedy, Dave Pipe, Jack Warwick, Jack Bligh. Front: Liam Merritt, Jim Darby, Paul Bartlett (team captain) and Harvey Bavister. Picture: TONY GARNETT - Credit: Archant

There will be an invasion of Bury St Edmunds golfers and supporters at Rookery Park on September 10.

The West Suffolk club has reached the finals of both the Hambro Cup and the Tolly Cobbold Cup which are to be played at the same venue.

Bury’s Hambro team will meet Gorleston with a 9am start. Their Tolly players will start half an hour later against Ufford Park.

The sunny conditions were ideal for the semi-finals.

Bury St Edmunds were three up against Brett Vale at lunch at Haverhill. Alan Ngai and Joe Hanlon of Brett Vale beat Craig Nurse and Mike Greener to keep their chances alive.

Nick Stinson and Nick Davis won for Brett Vale in the afternoon but Bury controlled the other matches to run out winners by 11 holes.

Gorleston made a slow start against Haverhill at Diss but warmed to their task and were two up at lunch.

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The final two Gorleston pairs in the afternoon both won by four. It looked in the balance while Chris Duffy and Josh Manser were four down after 14 in the afternoon but they battled back for a half against Andrew Fish and Andrew Underwood.

Gorleston captain Danny Perring introduced Ben Leuty in the afternoon in place of Daniel Crosby.

In the Tolly Cobbold Cup it proved hard work for Diss against Bury St Edmunds at Stowmarket. Bury included teenagers Ben and Max Whittaker and Edward Pomeroy, a sound policy.

Diss included Charlie Stammers, who qualified as a Tolly player at the start of the season, but now holds a handicap of six. It was tough for him to give so many shots.

Ipswich beat Ufford Park by six holes at Woodbridge with junior Ryan Goodarzi and Tom Worne eight up in the morning.

Ipswich joy was short-lived. They fielded an ineligible player and were disqualified. This was also the fate that befell holders Rookery Park after a 36-0 win over Bramford in the first round.

Hambro Cup semi-finals

Gorleston beat Haverhill by 10 holes.

At Diss. Gorleston names first.

Morning: Danny Perring and Daniel Crosby 0 Andrew Fish and Andrew Underwood 1; Chris Duffy and Josh Manser 3 Jack Bligh and Jack Warwick 0; Matthew Alp and Ray Thompson halved with Harvey Bavester and John Kennedy; Danny Western and Jack Butcher halved with David Pipe and Jim Darby.

Afternoon: Perring and Ben Leuty halved with Bligh and Warwick; Duffy and Manser halved with Fish and Underwood; Alp and Thompson 4 Bavester and Kennedy 0; Western and Butcher 4 Pipe and Darby 0.

Bury St Edmunds beat Brett Vale by 11 holes.

At Haverhill. Bury St Edmunds names first.

Morning: Trevor Titcombe and Dan Smailes 2 Simon Woods and Chris Hammond 0; Steve Duffety and Steve Lankester 3 Nick Stinson and Nick Davis 0; Craig Nurse and Mike Greener 0 Alan Ngai and Joe Hanlon 3; Roger Nicholson and Max Adams 1 Owen Norman and Jason Rea 0.

Afternoon: Titcombe and Smailes 4 Woods and Hammond 0; Duffety and S Lankester 0 Stinson and Davis 3; Nurse and Greener 4 Ngai and Hanlon 0; Nicholson and Adams 3 Norman and Rea 0.

Tolly Cobbold Cup semi-finals

Ipswich beat Ufford Park by six holes but were later disqualified for fielding ineligible player.

At Woodbridge. Ipswich names first. Josh Goulton and John Martin 0 Alan McMillan and Jack Heaney 2; Ryan Goodarzi and Tom Worne 8 Joe Harvey and Adam Green 0; David Bryett and Dominic Etheridge halved with George Butters and Kia Cattermole; Steve Giles and Billy Thompson 3 Simon Severwright and Luke Giles 0.

Afternoon: Goulton and Martin 0 McMillan and Heaney 2; Goodarzi and Worne 3 Harvey and Green 0; Bryett and Etheridge 0 Butters and Cattermole 5; S Giles and Thompson 1 Severwright and L Giles 0.

Bury St Edmunds beat Diss by 27 holes.

At Stowmarket. Bury names first.

Barry Storey and Max Whittaker 2 Ken Bowman and Steve Enever 0; Sean Frost-Palmer and Mike Darling 4 Keith Thompson and Jason Pettit 0; Steve Gee and Ben Whittaker 4 Jon Runacres and Chris Metcalf 0; Garry Clark and Edward Pomeroy 6 Charlie Stammers and Philip Allen 0.

Afternoon: Storey and M Whittaker 0 Bowman and Enever 1; Frost-Palmer and Darling 5 Runacres and Metcalf 0; Gee and B Whittaker 3 Stammers and Allan 0; Clark and Pomeroy 4 Thompson and Pettitt 0.

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