Habebul Islam wins Silver Barrel at Ipswich Golf Club
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Habebul Islam, who was 16 in April, won the scratch prize and the Silver Barrel (handicap) at Ipswich Golf Club on Sunday with rounds of 67 and 72.
He was three under par for the event and five shots ahead of his nearest rival, Jack Phillips (72 72).
Sam Byford took third place gross nine shots behind Habebul and better on count back than Simon Bearman (Newton Green). Jed Seeley of Newton Green ended on 149 together with Charlie Taylor of Diss on 150 thanks to his second round of 70, the best of the afternoon.
Habebul faces a busy programme this month starting with the McGregor Trophy at Burnham and Berrow between July 18 and 20.
This England boys’ under-16 open stroke-play over 72 holes has again attracted an international field. Rasmus Hojgaard from Denmark won by six shots at Royal Ashdown Forest last year when Habebul missed the cut. The top 40 and ties after two rounds play the final 36 holes on the last day.
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The East of England is also represented by Max Adams (Bury St Edmunds) and George Fricker (Ufford Park) who complete the Suffolk challenge. Ollie Rust (Gog Magog), a regular in the Cambridgeshire Anglian League side, and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton) who played for Northamptonshire against Suffolk at Rookery Park earlier this month, are also in the field.
It is good that some counties are giving talented youngsters opportunities at first team level.
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The Carris Trophy, for those under 18 on January follows at West Sussex Golf Club at Pulborough between July 25 and 28.
The competition will be tougher but Habebul concentrates on beating the course rather concern himself with individual rivals from all over the world.
Not that Habebul is likely to have much to say during his round, but he has the chance to get to know James Reed from Exeter. He is drawn to play with him in both the McGregor and Carris.
Robin Williams and Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall) are also in the Carris.
Suffolk’s last winner of the Carris Trophy was Richard Evans, then of Woodbridge and now a member at Aldeburgh, at Moor Park in 1971. More recent winners have included Justin Rose, Tom Lewis, Carlos Del Moral and Callum Shinkwin.
Scores – Silver Barrel
Ipswich Golf Club (gross scores, Ipswich members unless stated): 139: Habebul Islam 67 72. 144: Jack Phillips 72 72. 148: Sam Byford 73 75, S Bearman (Newton Green) 72 76. 149: J Seeley (Newton Green) 74 75. 150: C Taylor (Diss) 80 70. 152: C Duffy (Gorleston) 77 75, A Sheldrake (Felixstowe Ferry) 74 78. 153: J Tyler 77 76, S Godbold 76 77. 154: R Rayner 80 74. 155: A Whittaker (Woodbridge) 80 75, D Elliott (Woodbridge) 79 76, T Fowler 76 79. 157: M Swirles 78 79, M Duszynski 77 80. 160: A Pryke 77 83, 162: R Tyler 79 83. 163: J Davey (Fynn Valley) 84 79, J Levermore (Aldeburgh) 79 84. 164: A Ball (Bury St Edmunds) 81 84. 166: P Young 81 85. 167: S Fair (Woodbridge) 90 77, D Rosser (Woodbridge) 90 77, R Dzierozynski (Woodbridge) 78 89, I Brown 76 91. 168: G Stevens 88 89, J Holland (Woodbridge) 87 81, M Ridley 86 82, S Coonan (Woodbridge) 75 93. 170: J West (Woodbridge) 81 89. 171: P Quantrill 82 89. 172: D Reid (Woodbridge) 90 82, M Parkinson (Bury St Edmunds) 89 83. 174: J Hanlon (Brett Vale) 90 84. 176: N Brown 85 91. 178: G Napier 83 95.
- Brett Vale are always competitive on their attractive home course. They rely on seasoned players as they do not run a junior section.
It will be no easy task for Diss who look to their low-handicap Suffolk players in Hambro matches rather than introduce higher handicap players to avoid having to give away too many shots.
Holders Bury St Edmunds face a big test against Stenson holders Woodbridge. Home advantage will be a big help. This tie may need a play-off.
Stowmarket team captain Henry Cutting has recalled James O’Doherty for the visit to Haverhill. Once again it looks too close to call but Haverhill provide their fighting spirit when losing their Stenson tie at Gorleston in a play-off. Stowmarket, though, beat Haverhill in a friendly earlier in the season.
Gorleston are responding to the captaincy of Danny Perring. Bungay will be no pushover but, despite the good form of juniors Sam Bingham and Liam Hansey, the home side start favourites.
Hambro Cup quarter-finals
Brett Vale v Diss
Brett Vale: Chris Hammond, Simon Woods, Ross Christie, Joe Hanlon, Nick Davis, Nick Stinson, Owen Norman, Jason Rea. Reserve: Alan Cursons. Team captain: Brig Archer.
Diss: George Osborn, Chris Bartrum, James Biggs, Charlie Taylor, Tony Osborn, Michael Closs, Edward Doe, Jake Taylor, Josh Driver.
Haverhill v Stowmarket.
Stowmarket: James O’Doherty, John Jameson, Trevor Golton, Andy Forgan, Owen Clouting, Ross Harvey, Matt Lockwood, Ben Forgan. Team captain: Henry Cutting.
Bury St Edmunds v Woodbridge.
Gorleston v Bungay.
Gorleston: Chris Duffy, Josh Manser, Danny Western, Jack Butcher, Ben Leuty, Ray Thompson, Matthew Alp, Daniel Crosby. Reserve and captain: Danny Perring
The semi-finals will be played on neutral venues on August 27. Draw: Bury St Edmunds or Woodbridge v Brett Vale or Diss; Gorleston or Bungay v Haverhill or Stowmarket.