Mel Pipe sets new course record of 67 at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Mel Pipe receives the Coronation Cup from Felixstowe Ferry captain Steve Frost. Picture: TONY GARNET

Mel Pipe receives the Coronation Cup from Felixstowe Ferry captain Steve Frost. Picture: TONY GARNETT - Credit: Archant

Five-handicap Mel Pipe set a new course record off the Felixstowe Ferry black tees of five under par 67 in his second round in the Coronation Cup.

He won the main trophy, on handicap, by seven shots from John Whitby (Ipswich), now in the ranks of the seniors, who had rounds of 74 and 72 off his handicap of three.

Pipe also had the best 36-hole scratch score on a day when the sun was shining and there was not much wind.

He ended one shot ahead of Steve Adkins of Stock Brook with 19-year-old Adam Sheldrake of the home club in third place with rounds of 72 and 73.

A highlight was a hole in one, an albatross, by James Tyler of Ipswich on the 305-yard par four third hole. He used a three-wood.

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Only two previous aces in competitive play have been recorded at this hole. One was by Ben Sayers of Felixstowe Ferry with a driver and the other by the late John Cook, a Felixstowe Ferry legend.

Leading gross scores (Felixstowe Ferry unless stated).

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143: M Pipe 76 67. 144: S Adkins (Stock Brook) 72 72. 145: A Sheldrake 72 73. 146: J Whitby (Ipswich) 74 72. 147: J Tyler (Ipswich) 75 72. 148: A Sharrocks (Colchester) 77 71, R Harston 76 72, C Fleming (Ipswich) 74 74. 150: O Fletcher (Brickendon Grange) 77 73, T Hatton (Stoke by Nayland) 77 73. 152: D Adkins (Stock Brook) 72 80, W Pearce 78 74. 153: G Last (The Suffolk) 73 80. 154: J Price 79 75, N Meadows 75 79. 156: R Dzierozynski (Woodbridge) 77 79. 157: D Rosser (Woodbridge) 80 77, J Blackmore (Colchester) 78 79, S Sayers 76 81. 158: J Dymond (Ipswich) 79 79, N Murray (Dulwich) 79 79. 159: C Weller (Diss) 79 80, D Gormer 79 80.

-All four Hambro Cup semi-finalists have reached this stage without having to travel.

Brett Vale face holders Bury St Edmunds at Haverhill. The other tie will be between Haverhill and Gorleston at Diss.

Brett Vale have kept much the same squad which has been them beat Thorpeness by 15 holes, Ufford Park by five and Diss by seven.

On Sunday Alan Ngai comes into the side in place of Ross Christie who is on holiday.

Bury St Edmunds made hard work of their four-hole second round victory over The Suffolk. Then they beat Woodbridge by seven.

A Stenson Shield defeat by Aldeburgh suggested that they may not have an air of invincibility although they start as favourites.

Team captain Phil Smailes delays his final selection from a squad of 11.

Haverhill look well balanced. They beat Newton Green by 12 holes and Stowmarket by four holes. Both were good scalps. Harvey Bavester steps up in place of Liam Merritt.

Gorleston’s first round match against Felixstowe Ferry has been their toughest. They won by five holes. Since then they hve beaten Halesworth by 28 and Bungay by 17.

Team captain Danny Perring has named a strong side. Experienced players like Steve Crosby, John Maddock and Geraint Amos are not included.

Hambro Cup semi-finals

Bury St Edmunds (holders) v Brett Vale at Haverhill.

Brett Vale: Simon Woods, Chris Hammond, Nick Davis, Nick Stinson, Alan Ngai, Joe Hanlon, Owen Norman, Jason Rea. Reserve: Alan Cursons. Non-playing captain: Brian Welton.

Bury St Edmunds: (from): Trevor Titcombe, Gary Ward, Dan Smailes, Ben Coleman, Roger Nicholson, Max Adams, Mike Greener, Craig Nurse, Jack Lankester, Steve Lankester, Steve Duffety. Captain: Phil Smailes.

Haverhill v Gorleston at Diss.

Haverhill: Andrew Fish, Andrew Underwood, Jack Warwick, Jack Bligh, John Kennedy, Harvey Bevester, Jim Darbey, David Pipe. Reserve: Liam Merritt.

Gorleston: Jack Butcher, Danny Western, Chris Duffy, Ray Thompson, Matthew Alp, Josh Manser, Daniel Crosby, Danny Perring. Reserve: Ben Leuty.

- The semi-finals of the Tolly Cobbold Cup on Sunday see Ufford Park meet Ipswich at Woodbridge with the other tie between Diss and Bury St Edmunds at Stowmarket.

Tolly Cobbold Cup semi-finals

Ufford Park v Ipswich at Woodbridge.

Ufford Park: George Butters, Kia Cattermole, Luke Giles, Adam Green, Joe Harvey, Jack Heaney, Alan McMillan, Simon Severwright,

Graham Campbell, Keith Norton (captain).

Ipswich: David Bryett, Graeme Derby, Dominic Etheridge, Steve Giles, Ryan Goodarzi, Josh Goulton, Ben Hembling, Nigel Hubert, John Martin, Quent Richardson, Billy Thompson, Tom Worne, Chris Mayhew (captain).

Diss v Bury St Edmunds at Stowmarket.

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