Kelvin Vince and Shaun Payne win at Felixstowe Ferry

Felixstowe winners - Shaun Payne and Kelvin Vince

Felixstowe winners - Shaun Payne and Kelvin Vince - Credit: Archant

Kelvin Vince and Shaun Payne of Rushmere defied the cold, wet and misty weather to amass 45 Stableford points to win the team pairs prize in the Felixstowe Ferry Winter Fourball.

They beat Andy Shakespear and Lionel Keightley into second place by a single point. Shaun Mills (Orsett) and Jason Renton were third on count back. Many of the competitors came from Essex.

The professional prize was shared by Andy (David Brooks Academy) and Miles Collins (Stoke by Nayland) with rounds of 68. Shaun Mills of Orsett was third with 69.

Other professional scores were 74: Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Mark Stokes (Rayleigh Golf Range), Matt Stables (Rivenhall Oaks), Nathan Day (Millbrook). 77: Mark Sturgess (Bourn), Richard Herring (Orsett), Simon Dainty (Lee Westwood Academy). 83: Ian Green Bourn).

The next Felixstowe Ferry Four Ball will be on March 6.


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Other leading team scores

43: Gerald Collins and Miles Collins, Nigel Popper and Will Boniface, John Atkinson and Davis Cann, Alex Milne and Steve McCoy.

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42: Mark Whiten and Bradley Jennings.

41: Bob Tokley and Don Wiggins, Laurie Kingsnorth and Steve Coventry, Miles Beard and David Rundle.

40: David Blackmore and Ian Coleman, Clive Taylor and Tony Cook, Malcolm Pook and Jeannine Pook, Mark Sturgess and P Collins Rob Price and Justin Vickery, Rob Steed and Paul Brown, Jerry Gee and Rob Buckingham, Matt Stables and Keith Lovett.

Other scores included:

39: Vic Pomphrett and Robin Godden, Simon Dainty and Sam Kinnane. 37: Keith Preston and David Hughes. 34: Ian Green and Gail Hurst.

- Suffolk Ladies, under the captaincy of Vanessa Bell, won their first warm-up foursomes match of the year comprehensively when they beat Aldeburgh men by four matches to nil.

The men played off white tees and the ladies off red tees. Matches were played level except that Sharon Luckman, the county vice-captain, and reigning champion Alice Barlow gave three shots.

Scores: (Aldeburgh names first): Roger Taylor and Nick Ramskill lost to Fiona Edmond ad Lottie Whyman 3 and 2, Stephen Parkhouse and Mike Jones lost to Vanessa Bell and Vicki Inglis 3 and 2, Mike Olding and Chris Nall lost to Sharon Luckman and Alice Barlow 5 and 4, Dick Jenkinson and Tom Huggins lost to Lils James and Abbie Symonds one down.

The Ladies’ next match will be against Suffolk Gentlemen at Royal Worlington on April 2. They face Woodbridge men on April 23 with the County Championship at Aldeburgh between May 12 and 14.

East County Week will be hosted by Norfolk, the reigning champions, at Hunstanton between June 18 and 23.

- John Wark, Russell Osman and Kieron Dyer are among the former Ipswich Town stars to have played footgolf at Stonham Barns. In the Lowestoft area Laurie Sivell, a member at Rookery Park, and Trevor Whymark play Walking Football.

The FootGolf tournament season at Stonham Barns starts on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. Play will be over 18 holes and everyone is welcome. The entry is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.

Other dates are: April 24, May 21, June 18, July 23 (Suffolk Open Championship), August 20, September 17 and October 30 (Stonham Players’ Championship).

To enter call Stonham Barns Footgolf on 01449 711545.

Footgolf has really taken off in the UK and is now the fastest growing sport in the country with over 200 clubs now open for footgolf. Fynn Valley is another popular FootGolf venue. They use their nine-hole course.

FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation size five football at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf.

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