Lilley in winning Ipswich partnership

IPSWICH won their first-round Parks Trophy match at home to Stoke-by-Nayland by three holes with 81-year-old Arthur Lilley in a successful partnership with Peter Wood.

By Tony Garnett

IPSWICH won their first-round Parks Trophy match at home to Stoke-by-Nayland by three holes with 81-year-old Arthur Lilley in a successful partnership with Peter Wood.

Ipswich now entertain Halesworth who scored a spectacular victory over Diss, twice former winners of this inter-club trophy for seniors.

Bury St Edmunds went down to Rookery Park by nine holes thanks mainly to Mike Rees and David Porter who were four under par gross against Mike Hillyard and Colin Gray when winning by nine holes. The other three matches were tight, one being halved and the other two decided with one-hole victories.


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St Clements travelled to Woodbridge as outsiders against last year's beaten semi-finalists. As it turned out they won by double figures. It was one of the most comprehensive results of the round.

John Ellis and Jim Hubert scored a crucial three-hole win for Rushmere in a very tight match at home to Gorleston. Rushmere won by two and now entertain Southwold who lost in the semi-final against Aldeburgh last year.

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Cretingham knew the way round their tight course too well for Hintlesham with Mel Linnett and Mick Morley proving to be a strong top pairing. Now Cretingham take on Bungay and Waveney Valley who scored a comfortable 27-hole win at Beccles in heavy rain.

Ufford Park had the better of the exchanges at Seckford and now face crossing the road to St Audrys where they will need to make the most of their practice round to become used to the small greens.

Stowmarket had a tense two-hole win at Haverhill with David Barnes and Gerry Sparling coming up with the crucial three-hole success in the final pairing. Now Stowmarket must visit The Suffolk.

Felixstowe Ferry, who went out by one hole at Aldeburgh last year, must visit Flempton who saw off the challenge of Fynn Valley.

Parks Trophy first round

Rookery Park beat Bury St Edmunds by nine holes.

Rookery names first: Mike Rees and David Porter beat Mike Hillyard and Colin Gray by nine holes, Gerry Moore and Roy Newton lost to Terry Hamill and Peter Spencer by one hole, Ralph Flatt and Ken Sansom halved with Ed Wallis and Peter Markey, John Knight and Charlie Wilderspin beat Chris Gwinnett-Sharp and Jim Cole by one hole.

Seckford lost to Ufford Park by 10 holes.

Seckford names first: Colin Harrison and Lawrence Irving lost to Keith Norton and Bob Dunn by two holes, Larry Isherwood and Barry Revens lost to David Ellis and Dave Edmunds by seven holes, Dave Burdom and Trevor Barber lost to Chris Griggs and Bob Denton by two holes, Nigel Pusey and Andy Pitcher beat Peter Collins and Colin Aldous by one hole.

Ipswich beat Stoke-by-Nayland by three holes.

Ipswich names first: Rob Adams and David Cordle lost to George Shelmerdine and Dave Wylie by two holes, Colin Firmin and George Irvine beat Bob Filer and Graham Head by two holes, Arthur Lilley and Peter Wood beat John Williams and Mike Evans by two holes, Adrian Callaby and John Edwards beat Keith Prichard and Ray Croft by one hole.

Rushmere beat Gorleston by two holes.

Rushmere names first: David Duffell and Ron Garnham lost to Paul Platten and Graham Lawson by two holes, Brian Allum and Walter Stark halved with Mick Lane and Roy Battershill, Peter Gillespie and Tony Todd beat Bob Barnes and Keith Ridsdale by one hole, John Ellis and Jim Hubert beat Richard Reynolds and Mike Haylett by three holes.

Halesworth beat Diss by five holes.

Halesworth names first: Keith Cady and Don Wellman lost to Brian Smy and Bob Allison by one hole, Paul Harrison and Neville Greenwood beat Barry Fisher and Roy Bartrum by one hole, Mike Coventry and John Bainer beat David Bailey and John Lister by three holes, Eddie Metcalfe and Alan Whiting beat Philip Bartrum and John Crerar by two holes.

Woodbridge lost to St Clements by 11 holes.

Woodbridge names first: Jon Marks and Graham Watkinson lost to Rex Harper and Phil Segger by four holes, Mike Revett and David Clark beat Tony Bassingthwaighte and Alan Dickinson by one hole, George Courtney and Roger Stinton beat Jim Fuller and Bob Sutton by one hole, John Tonkin and Derek Askew lost to Ted Goodwin and Warren Richards by nine holes.

Cretingham beat Hintlesham by nine holes.

Cretingham names first: Mel Linnett and Mick Morley beat Russell Gissing and David Sadler by seven holes, Terry McCusker and Tony Boyce lost to Phil Sharp and David Cross by one hole, Roy Benton and John Watson beat Terry Jeffrey and John Thomas by two holes, Tony Hore and Tony Bottrell beat Peter Gee and Jonathan Simmons one up.

Haverhill lost to Stowmarket by two holes.

Haverhill names first: Alan Carter and Peter Bowers beat Russell Green and Bob Osborne by yone hole. Darryl Bates and Chris Briggs lost to Keith Rooney and Roger Taylor by one hole, Jim Rennie and Malcolm Robinson beat Tom Collett and John Blenkinsop by one hole, Malcolm Klingle and Spencer Tatum lost to David Barnes and Gerry Sparling by three holes.

Flempton beat Fynn Valley by nine holes.

Flempton names first: C Hawes and I Brewster beat Roy Gibbs and Eddie Dixon by four holes. C Reed and B Field beat Peter McCartney and Mick Shaw by five holes, G Hazell and B Hughes lost to H Henry Hambling and Mike Nowosad by six holes, J Haydock and R Thornalley beat Andy Macfarlane and Tony Alcock by six holes.

The Suffolk beat Waldringfield by five holes.

The Suffolk names first. A Hawes and B Stevens beat M Allen and D Clark by five holes, M Davey and M Johnson beat A Alden and L Sharp by one hole. P Plumb and P Sharpe beat R Claydon and S Wales by one hole, D Foster and J Barber lost to C Kett and M Pryke by two holes.

Beccles lost to Bungay by 27 holes.

The second round draw is: Cretingham v Bungay; The Suffolk v Stowmarket; Flempton v Felixstowe Ferry; Rushmere v Southwold; Ipswich v Halesworth; Rookery Park v Thorpeness; St Audrys v Ufford Park; and Newton Green v St Clements.

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