Robinson knocks out his old boss

ANDREW Robinson, who used to work in the pro shop at Rushmere before becoming a PGA trainee under Ian MacPherson at Felixstowe Ferry, is the first player to reach the semi-final of the Paul Wright and Co Suffolk PGA Winter Matchplay.

By Tony Garnett

ANDREW Robinson, who used to work in the pro shop at Rushmere before becoming a PGA trainee under Ian MacPherson at Felixstowe Ferry, is the first player to reach the semi-final of the Paul Wright and Co Suffolk PGA Winter Matchplay.

Robinson, beaten in a play-off in the Suffolk Open Championship last year, beat his former boss Kelvin Vince 4 and 2 round Rushmere.

Although it was an away draw for Robinson, he knows the Rushmere course very well, having been a junior with the club and represented them in the Hambro Cup and Stenson Shield.


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Robinson was five up at the turn because Vince had one of those days when his putter let him down. From that position of strength there was no way Robinson, striking the ball well, was going to lose the match.

He had won his group which included Simon Harrison of Thorpeness, last year's runner-up in the PGA East Region Order of Merit, and Tim Cooper of Newton Green who was runner-up in the Paul Wright Winter matchplay at Ufford Park last year.

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Robinson beat Cooper 3 and 1 at Felixstowe so Harrison needed to win by a greater margin against the same opponent at Newton Green. After being three up at the turn Harrison was a warm favourite to make further progress but Cooper, adapting to the slow greens better, hit back on the second nine to lose one down.

Vince had also done well in his group defeating Andrew Tokley, a PGA Europro Tour player, at Stoke by Nayland and Tim Huffer at Waldringfield. Then he beat the holder, Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range), 5 and 4 at Rushmere on a day when his putting went according to plan.

Robin Mann has reached the quarter-finals after beating Simon Reeve at Aldeburgh and then battling through a tremendous match with James Peasey at Woodbridge when both players were three and four under par at the turn. Peasey eventually lost 2 and 1 but put him a good show, especially as was using clubs loaned by Luke Miller, the PGA trainee at Slaley Hall.

Mann now faces Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range) at Thorpeness on March 5. Earp staged a great recovery to beat Jon Markham (Stowmarket) and Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns). He was one down to both players at Stowmarket with two to play. He birdied the final two holes to win both matches one up.

Paul Wilby (Fynn Valley) meets Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park) in his quarter-final at Hintlesham on Wednesday.

Alex Lucas, newly installed as head professional at Waldringfield, will take on the winners of the group including Danny Barton, Simon Jay and Martin Holder.

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