Holland and Islam are the main golfing winners in Eastern Counties Cup, at Woodbridge

James Holland (left) with the Eastern Counties Cup, Woodbridge club captain Malcolm Crissell and Hab

James Holland (left) with the Eastern Counties Cup, Woodbridge club captain Malcolm Crissell and Habebul Islam who won the salver for the best scratch score. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Six-handicap James Holland of Woodbridge won the Eastern Counties Cup on his home course with net scores of 72 and 69, one over for the event. He finished one shot ahead of three-handicap Darrell Aziz from Rayleigh and five-handicap Graham Tait (Woodbridge).

Twenty-five of the 65 players were from outside Suffolk, mainly Essex and Norfolk.

The standard was generally high, only those with a handicap of seven or better being included.

Sixteen-year-old Habebul Islam of Ipswich, who plays off scratch, had the best gross score on the day. His second round of 69 was the only result under par. He was three shots ahead of runner-up Jake Keeley of Bawburgh who made the cut in the Lagonda Trophy last week.

Greg Hills of Felixstowe Ferry, who finished in sixth place four shots behind Habebul, picked up Suffolk Golf Union order of merit points as did Adam Sheldrake, also of Felixstowe.


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Woodbridge greenkeeper Toby Ayles and club colleague Darren Elliott both had 151 ahead of players with Suffolk county first or second team experience.

Jed Seeley (Newton Green) and Nathan Overton (Woodbridge) were both on 152 while Ben Sayers of Felixstowe Ferry was 15 over with 155 while Russell Oakey (Newton Green) had 157.

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Chris Ginn, off five, was the best of the Suffolk seniors in the field with a 20th place finish with 155, two shots ahead of Andy Whittaker.

The course was in excellent condition, last week’s rain having been a blessing to greenkeepers.

Leading gross scores (Woodbridge unless stated)

144: Habebul Islam (Ipswich) 75 69. 147: Jake Keeley (Bawburgh) 75 72, Chris Chaplin (Rochford Hundred) 73 74. 148: D Abbs (Royal Norwich) 76 72, Tom Wells (Rochford Hundred) 74 74, Greg Hills (Felixstowe Ferry) 74 74, Darrell Aziz (The Rayleigh Club) 72 76. 149: Adam Sheldrake (Felixstowe Ferry) 77 72.

151: T Ayles 78 73, B Wyatt (The Rayleigh Club) 76 75, D Elliott 76 75. 152: J Seeley (Newton Green) 81 71, N Overton 77 75, Graham Tait 72 80. 153: J Holland (Eastern Counties Cup winner) 78 75. 154: P Ashenden 73 81, C Vanderhook (Orsett) 81 74, D Reid 80 75, D Rosser 79 76, C Ginn 77 78, B Sayers (Felixstowe Ferry) 73 82, S Bearman (Newton Green) 72 83. 156: J Wells (Clacton) 79 77, T Fowler (Ipswich) 77 79, G Bennet (Chelmsford) 74 82. 157: R Oakey (Newton Green) 85 72, A Sharrocks (Colchester) 81 76, I Pope (Rushmere) 81 76, A Whittaker 77 80.

158: P Finbow 75 83, G Seaman 80 79, R Dzierozynski 78 81, L Dinmore 77 82. 160: J Draycott 78 82, A Barnetson (Thorpe Hall) 76 84. 161: G Last (The Suffolk) 81 80, S Faulkner (Orsett) 80 81. 162: S Fair 82 80, M Pook (Five Lakes) 80 82. 163: R Weidner (The Rayleigh Club) 80 83, J Moore (Clacton) 79 84, R Fields (Orsett) 79 85. 164: J Dutnall (Thorpe Hall) 80 84, J West 79 85, J Davey (Fynn Valley) 78 86. 165: M Sommerville (Felixstowe Ferry) 82 83, M Nkana (Elton Furze) 82 83, R Spore (Stowmarket) 82 83. 167: A Studd 81 86, C Weller (Diss) 79 88. 168: R Rayner (Ipswich) 82 86.

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