Hintlesham beat Ipswich in thrilling Stenson Shield play-off
There was a dramatic Stenson Shield quarter-final in which Hintlesham beat Ipswich at the first play-off hole when Suffolk captain Jack Cardy saw off the challenge of 17-year-old Habebul Islam of Ipswich.
The tie produced gripping matches of top quality.
There were surprise results. The outcome hung in the balance all day.
Ipswich were hot favourites when Simon Godbold was two up with two to play against Suffolk senior captain Kevin Brooks in the final singles on the course. Brooks showed his battling qualities to come away with a half and set up the play-off. He had par on 17 and a birdie on 18.
This will have helped Brooks forget the disappointment of the Suffolk Senior team finishing 10th out of 11 in the South East Group county qualifier at Hindhead last week.
It was a sweltering day at Hintlesham.
The top two foursomes matches produced birdies galore. In the first match Hintlesham’s Adrian Meredith and Jamie Jones met Mark Lewis and Ian Brown. Highlights were Brown’s tee shot to within seven inches of the pin at the par three 10th and the approach by Lewis at the 18th which set up the easy eagle opportunity which they needed to level the match.
In the second game Cardy and Sam Debenham, a formidable Suffolk first-team pairing, met Islam and Paul Barnard. It was Islam’s Stenson debut for Ipswich while Barnard had not played for two years having missed last season because of a hernia operation.
Cardy’s putter was hot and the Ipswich pair lost an enthralling battle on the 17th green.
There was an unexpected bonus for Hintlesham when seniors Trevor Hellyer and Keith Tarrant beat Sam Byford and Jack Phillips one up. Hintlesham won three of the singles. Islam beat Debenham, a notable scalp, while Cardy beat Jasper Johnson and Jones beat Byford. Then it was down to Brooks to save the day for the home team.
Bury St Edmunds took control of their home tie against Newton Green by having a clean sweep of the foursomes.
In the afternoon Russell Oakey, Simon Bearman and reserve Max Hemson won singles for Newton Green but Bury were never in danger.
Michael Gee did not see the final six holes all day. He and Andy Cunningham won their foursomes 7 and 6 against James Cooper and Ben Tatum. Then Gee beat Steve Wordley 8 and 7 in the afternoon.
Woodbridge, last year’s losing finalists, reached the last four with a home victory over Flempton who were without Suffolk Open champion Alfie Halil who was resting a strained back before this week’s Carris Trophy.
Woodbridge gained the upper hand in the foursomes and had the match won so that halves were agreed for the final two games to escape the sun.
Felixstowe Ferry held a narrow lead after the foursomes at Haverhill but the home side turned the tables winning six of the eight singles. Victories for Andy Underwood over Ben Sayers and Chris Vince over Mel Pipe were by one hole.
The semi-finals will be played on neutral venues on August 11. Woodbridge will play Bury St Edmunds. Hintlesham will meet Haverhill.
Stenson Shield quarter-finals
Hintlesham 6 Ipswich 6 (Hintlesham won at first extra hole).
Foursomes (Hintlesham names first):
Jamie Jones and Adrian Meredith halved with Ian Brown and Mark Lewis; Jack Cardy and Sam Debenham beat Habebul Islam and Paul Barnard 2 and 1; Trevor Hellyer and Keith Tarrant beat Jack Phillips and Sam Byford one up; Kevin Brooks and John Booth lost to James Tyler and Chris Bye 2 and 1.
Singles: Meredith beat Tyler 3 and 2, Ben Stammers lost to Brown 7 and 6, Cardy beat Jasper Johnson 4 and 3, Booth lost to Bye one down, Debenham lost to Islam 2 and 1, Hellyer lost to Barnard 5 and 4, Jones beat Byford 2 and 1, Brooks halved with Simon Godbold.
Bury St Edmunds 9 Newton Green 3
Foursomes (Bury names first): Ben Coleman and Trevor Titcombe beat Russell Oakey and Ben Tawell 2 and 1; Andy Cunningham and Michael Gee beat James Cooper and Ben Tatum 7 and 6; Max Adams and Dan Smailes beat Steve Wordley and Ian Woodhead 4 and 2; Craig Nurse and Steve Lankester beat Jed Seeley and Simon Bearman 2 and 1.
Singles: Coleman lost to Oakey two down, Adams beat Seeley 4 and 3, Nurse beat Tawell 2 and 1, Titcombe beat Woodhead 5 and 4, Lankester lost to Bearman 4 and 3, Gee beat Wordley 8 and 7, Smailes lost to Max Hemson 2 and 1, Cunningham beat Cooper 6 and 5.
Woodbridge 9 Flempton 3
Foursomes (Woodbridge names first):
Simon Peckford and Taylor Crisp beat Ralph Evans and Stuart Jarvis 3 and 2; Adrian Studd and Andy Whittaker beat Tom Huggins and Dan Wilson 6 and 4; Steve Mann and Nathan Overton halved with Myles Orton and Charlie Sadler; Toby Ayles and Tom Fowler beat James Hurst and Colin Campbell 3 and 2.
Singles: Whittaker beat Wilson 4 and 3, Crisp lost to Evans 5 and 4, Peckford beat Sadler one up, Studd halved with Orton, Gary Seaman beat Hurst 8 and 6, Mann beat Campbell 5 and 4, Overton halved with Jarvis, Ayles halved with Huggins.
Haverhill 7.5 Felixstowe Ferry 4.5
Foursomes (Haverhill names first): Andy Underwood and Russell Palmer beat Adam Sheldrake and Ben Sayers 3 and 2; Havey Bavester and Jack Warwick lost to Jimmy Price and Mel Pipe 4 and 3; Dave Spittle and Jack Bligh lost to Billy McLeod and Greg Hills 2 and 1; Chris Vince and Andy Bareham halved with Neil Meadows and Nigel Fosker.
Singles: Underwood beat Sayers one up, Bareham beat Price 3 and 1, Bavester lost to McLeod one down, Vince beat Pipe one up, Bligh beat Hills 8 and 6, Warwick beat Meadows 4 and 3, Palmer beat Fosker 7 and 6, Spittle lost to Sheldrake 3 and 2.
Meanwhile, the neutral venues for the Hambro and Tolly Cobbold Cups, to be played on August 26, have been arranged.
Hambro Cup: Halesworth v Aldeburgh (at Fynn Valley); Fynn Valley v Stowmarket (at Halesworth).
Tolly Cobbold Cup: Haverhill v Rushmere (at Stowmarket); Fynn Valley v Ipswich (at Rushmere).