Stenson Shield round-up: Gorleston joy as Haverhill suffer play-off loss

Bungay battled hard in their Stenson Shield match at Felixstowe Ferry in windy conditions that were

Bungay battled hard in their Stenson Shield match at Felixstowe Ferry in windy conditions that were ideal for the home team. Back row (from left): Ben Beaugeard, Liam Hansey, Tom Brown, Steed Hubbard, Alex Taylor, Nairn Black. Front: Sam Bingham, Peter Revell (captain) and Peter Ogden. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Gorleston needed a play-off to win their Stenson Shield second round tie against Haverhill despite have made a clean sweep of the foursomes.

Gorleston were five up when Josh Manser won the top singles 8 and 6 against Andrew Underwood.

Then the Haverhill players surpassed themselves with six wins in the singles. Andy Fish, Liam Merritt, Jack Kennedy, David Spittle, Paul Bartlett and Jack Warwick all won. It was just as well for Gorleston that their team captain, Danny Perring, had taken a point from the last match with an 8 and 7 victory over Harvey Bavester.

It was a tense finish. Tommy Hunt of Gorleston was all square with Warwick on the 18th tee. Warwick had a birdie and a play-off was required.

Perring settled it in favour of the home club with a birdie to beat Spittle.


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It was almost a similar story at Stowmarket where Aldeburgh seemed comfortable at lunch with four points from the foursomes.

Then Stowmarket hit back. Former professional Kevin Earp set the ball rolling with a one-hole win over Gregor Tait. Then Ian Kitson and Arthur Patten were beaten before Will Wright steadied the Aldeburgh ship with a win over Ryan Turnbull.

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Even then it was in the balance. Owen Clouting and Henry Cutting won for Stowmarket. Aldeburgh’s James Keely was one down against Daniel Voysey until he chipped in on the 17th to draw level. The final hole was halved and a play-off averted.

Hintlesham scored a convincing away win at Rushmere. Their heavy artillery, in the form of Jack Cardy, Sam Debenham and Adrian Meredith were all firing effectively. Rushmere had no answer although Kevin Eagle arrived in the afternoon for his usual win in the singles!

Rookery Park won at Fynn Valley by nine matches to three after suffering a shock in the top foursomes when Luke Thompson and Guy Mummery lost to Jim Davey and Mark Wilder by one hole. It was a notable scalp for Valley.

Davey also won his singles against junior Conal Downing and Traven Abbott defeated Mummery. Otherwise Rookery were in control.

Felixstowe Ferry had conditions in their favour against Bungay with the sea breeze to which they are accustomed. Even so Peter Ogden and Sam Bingham won their singles matches and Liam Hansey held Paul Sayers, a former club champion, who had not turned out in a Stenson tie for many years.

Newton Green went down against holders Woodbridge on Bromeswell Heath. It was a repeat of last year although it was a good day for Russell Oakey who won his foursomes with Harvey Watts and then beat Dominic Rosser in the singles.

Although Mike Polley beat Steve Mann and Jed Seeley beat Simon Peckford, it was Phil Ashenden and greenkeepers Toby Ayes and Tom Fowler who remained solid for the home team.

Ipswich won all their foursomes against Diss at Purdis Heath although they were all close matches. Josh Cottrell and Connor James beat Josh Driver and Chris Bartrum one up.

Diss showed their teeth in the afternoon but wins for Driver, James Biggs, Charlie Taylor and reserve Charlie Stammers were not enough.

Bury St Edmunds, handed home advantage because Thorpeness had problems with tee times, would have had a whitewash but for Jack Cuthbert holding Trevor Titcombe to a half.

Stenson Shield

Second round

Bury St Edmunds 11.5 Thorpeness 0.5

Foursomes (Bury names first): Trevor Titcombe and Dan Smailes beat Laurence Staff and Sam Newson 5 and 3, Ben Coleman and Max Adams beat Sam May and Jack Cuthbert 4 and 3, Craig Nurse and Michael Gee beat Lee Newson and James Tilbrook 6 and 4, Steven Duffety and Steven Lankester beat Jack Strowger and James Cook 7 and 5.

Singles: Matt Fordham beat S Newson 6 and 5, James Scott beat May 8 and 7, Titcombe halved with Cuthbert, Adams beat Strowger 8 and 7, Nurse beat L Newson 5 and 4, Gee beat Tilbrook 2 and 1, Smailes beat Staff 5 and 3, Coleman beat Cook 2 and 1.

Woodbridge 7 Newton Green 5

Foursomes (Woodbridge names first): Adrian Studd and Ricky Dzierozynski lost to Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts 4 and 3, Phil Ashenden and Simon Peckford beat James Cooper and Ben Tatum 3 and 2, Steve Mann and Nathan Overton beat Mike Polled and Ian Woodhead 4 and 3, Toby Aylets and Tom Fowler beat Jed Seeley and Ben Tawell two up.

Singles: Dominic Rosser lost to Oakey 5 and 4, James Draycott halved with Watts, Ashenden beat Cooper 6 and 5, Fowler beat Woodhead 4 and 2, Mann lost to Polley one down, Ayles beat Tatum 7 and 5, Peckford lost to Seeley 5 and 4, Overton halved with Taw ell.

Felixstowe Ferry 9 Bungay 3

Foursomes (Felixstowe Ferry names first): Greg Hills and Ben Sayers beat Alex Taylor and Tom Brown 4 and 2, Jimmy Price and Billy MacLeod beat Nairn Black and Peter Revell 5 and 3, Neil Meadows and Rhodri Harston halved with Steed Hubbard and Peter Ogden, Paul Sayers and Steve Sayers beat Liam Hansey and Sam Bingham one up

Singles: B Sayers beat Hubbard 3 and 2, Hills lost to Ogden one down, Price beat Taylor 4 and 3, MacLeod beat Black 3 and 1, Meadows beat Brown 3 and 2, P Sayers halved with Hansey, S Sayers lost to Bingham 3 and 2, Harston beat Revell 6 and 5.

Ipswich 8 Diss 4

Foursomes (Ipswich names first): Josh Cottrell and Connor James beat Chris Bartrum and Josh Driver one up, Ian Brown and Graham Wardley beat Darren Maskell and Jason Sewell one up, Jordan Nelli and Sean Gordon beat Tony Osborn and Jake Taylor two up, Sam Byford and Jack Phillips beat James Biggs and Charlie Taylor 2 and 1.

Singles: James Tyler beat Bartrum two up, Cottrell lost to Driver 4 and 3, James lost to Biggs 2 and 1, Wardley lost to C Taylor 2 and 1, Phillips beat J Taylor 3 and 1, Brown beat Maskell 3 and 2, Byford beat Osborn 5 and 4, Nelli lost to Charlie Stammers 2 and 1.

Fynn Valley 3 Rookery Park 9

Foursomes (Fynn Valley names first): Jim Davey and Mark Wilder beat Guy Mummery and Luke Thompson one up, Traven Abbott and Lewis Rowlands lost to Calvin Sherwood and Jack Blowers 5 and 4, Gary Smythe and Leigh Meadows lost to Neil Davey and Conal Downing 4 and 3, Andy Southall and Anthony Anslow lost to Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber 2 and 1,

Singles: Wilder lost to Sherwood 7 and 6, J Davey beat Downing 3 and 2, Rowlands lost to Blowers two down, Abbott beat Mummery 3 and 2, Smythe lost to N Davey 3 and 2, Meadows lost to Coleman one down, Anslow lost to Barber 4 and 3, Southall lost to Thompson 6 and 4.

Stowmarket 5.5 Aldeburgh 6.5

Foursomes (Stowmarket names first): Kevin Earp and Alex Bligh lost to Will Wright and Ian Kitson one down, Jack Forgan and Ryan Turnbull lost to James Reiss and Josh Robertson 3 and 1, Andrew Grogan and Owen Clouting lost to Nigel Robson and James Keely 4 and 3, Henry Cutting and Ben Forgan lost to Gregor Tait and Arthur Patten 4 and 3.

Singles: Earp beat Tait one up, Bligh beat Kitson 5 and 3, J Forgan beat Patten 5 and 4, R Turnbull lost to Wright 4 and 3, Robson lost to Clouting 2 and 1, Daniel Voysey halved with Keely, Grogan lost to Robertson 2 and 1, Cutting beat Reiss 3 and 2.

Rushmere 3.5 Hintlesham 8.5

Foursomes (Rushmere names first): Peter Robinson and Curtis Mann lost to Jack Cardy and Sam Debenham 2 and 1, Ross Howard and Daniel Jennings lost to Adrian Meredith and Jamie Jones 3 and 2, James Wright and Ian Pope lost to Trevor Hellyer and Jeremy Procter 3 and 2, Michael Buck and Glen Goldsmith beat Kevin Brooks and Keith Tarrant 3 and 2.

Singles: Kevin Eagle beat Procter 4 and 3, Goldsmith lost to James Hellyer 5 and 4, Wright lost to Cardy 3 and 2, Buck lost to Debenham 5 and 4, Howard halved with Jones, Pope lost to Meredith 5 and 4, Jennings halved with T Hellyer, Robinson halved with Brooks.

Gorleston beat Haverhill at first extra hole.

Foursomes (Gorleston names first): Danny Perring and Kevin Woods beat Andy Fish and Andy Underwood 3 and 1, Daniel Crosby and Jack Butcher beat Dave Spittle and Paul Bartlett 3 and 2, Ray Thomson and Ben Leuty beat Liam Merritt and John Kennedy 6 and 4, Josh Manser and Tommy Hunt beat Harvey Bavester and Jack Warwick 2 and 1.

Singles: Manser beat Underwood 8 and 6, Thomson lost to Fish two down, Matthew Alp lost to Merritt 4 and 3, Butcher lost to Kennedy one down, Leuty lost to Spittle 4 and 3, D Crosby lost to Bartlett 3 and 2, Hunt lost to Warwick one down, Perring beat Bavester 8 and 7.

Third round (to be played on July 22: Woodbridge v Gorleston, Aldeburgh v Felixstowe Ferry, Bury St Edmunds v Ipswich, Rookery Park v Hintlesham.

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