Garnett on Golf: Haverhill players shine at Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting

John Wiseman (left) and Steve Piotrowski of Haverhill, winners of the Suffolk Winter Alliance meetin

John Wiseman (left) and Steve Piotrowski of Haverhill, winners of the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting at Southwold. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Haverhill players dominated the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting at Southwold last week.

The new captains at Stoke by Nayland, from left: John Wheatley (senior), Alan Line (club captain), E

The new captains at Stoke by Nayland, from left: John Wheatley (senior), Alan Line (club captain), Elaine Davidson (ladies) and Max Toombs (junior). Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Steve Piotrowski and John Wiseman beat Dave Simpkin and Martin Mansfield on count back with 44 points.

On the same score were Jed Seeley and Newton Green club captain Gareth Evans. They missed out on runners-up spot on their back nine.

The only professional in the field was Sam Forgan (Stowmarket) who had a round of two over par 72.

It was mild day with greens moderately paced but true. Being a nine-hole course the field was restricted.

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The next Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting will be at Hintlesham on November 29.

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43: P Walters and W Darling, C Whyatt and A Garrett, T Warren and R Bland, I Smith and I Benson.

42: R Davies and D Yates, A Fish and K Rooney, B Paton and P Garnett, A Barham and K McCredie.

41: J Williams and G Vandervord, R Ross and R Clayden, E Armstrong and G Hepworth.

40: N Salmon and M Parkinson, M Bryant and T Richardson, B Castle and M Moore.

39: A Austin and T Carman, G Staples and I Wheeldon, D Brace and B Long, M Robinson and S Cousins, C Scott and T Lyons.

38: G Howard and B Aldous.

37: J Partridge and C Clark.

36: D Roope and T Daniels, P Lockwood and A Cunningham.

34: M Milner and R Holmes.

- It’s the time of year when some clubs change their captains. Rushmere and Stoke by Nayland have fresh faces at the helm.

Steve Potts is the new Rushmere captain. He has been a member since 1980. His vice-captain is Garry Channing, a member for 17 years.

Jennifer Frost is the Rushmere ladies’ captain with Lynne Rafferty as vice-captain. Cameron Brown is junior captain.

Stoke by Nayland’s new captains are Alan Line (club captain), John Sandford (vice-captain) and Elaine Davidson (ladies).

Retiring club captain Don Wiggins raised more than £4000 for a Prostate Cancer charity.

Retiring senior captain Norman Davidson raised £5000 for Kingswode Hoe School in Colchester. He is succeeded by John Wheatley with Ian Bickers as vice-captain. Max Toombs is junior captain with Harry English as vice-captain.

Jonathan Loshak stands down after many years as honorary president. Lesley Garnett takes over.

- The November Felixstowe Ferry Winter fourball series was won by Andy Shakespear and Tom Clark with 44 points on count back from Sam Kinane and Roger Toone.

Harry Hills and Paul Waring were third with 43 on a breezy day. As usual there was good support from Essex.

The professional prize was shared between Neil Mitchell (Ipswich Golf Centre) and James Gurry (Basildon) with rounds of 72.

Other professional scores: 73: Jack Clarke (The Rayleigh Club). 75: Sam Teer (Clacton), Simon Dainty. 76: Andy Shakespear (The Warren), Mark Talbott (Thorpe Hall). 77: Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland), Mark Stokes (Rayleigh Golf Range), Jack Nicholls (The Rayleigh Club), Mark Sturgess (Bourn). 79: Ben David (Colchester). 86: Joe Burrell (Copthorne).

No return: Joe Ellis (Thorpe Hill), Will Farrow (Diss).

Other better ball scores included: 41: Paul and Ben Sayers (Felixstowe Ferry). 39: Sam Teer and Katy Yates (Clacton), Greg Hills and Tom Martin (Felixstowe Ferry).

- Lily-May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland was runner-up in the girls’ section of the Daily Telegraph Vitality junior golf played over the North Course at Quinta do Lago on The Algarve. The winner was England under-18 champion Annabel Fuller (Kingston-on-Thames).

Fourteen-year-old Max Hopkins of Bishop’s Stortford won the boys’ event from Northamptonshire’s Ben Jones.

Girls: 215: Annabel Fuller 71 74 70. 228: Lily May Humphreys 74 75 79. 233: Martha Lewis 79 80 74, Charlotte Heath (Yorkshire) 70 81 82.

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