Suffolk golfers start bid for inter-county championship glory

Suffolk boys did well to finish in sixth place in the South Eastern Group county qualifier at Woodbr

Suffolk boys did well to finish in sixth place in the South Eastern Group county qualifier at Woodbridge. From left: Tom Auchterlonie, Alfie Halil, Liam Hansey, George Fricker, Louis Martin, Habebul Islam and Patrick Spraggs (team manager). Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Suffolk PGA, the inaugural winners of the PGA England and Wales inter-county Championship, will look to kick-start their bid to reclaim the title they won four years ago at the East qualifying event taking place at Bush Hill Park on Tuesday.

Suffolk have failed to make it to the final since then. The team of Neil Mitchell (Ipswich Golf Centre), Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) and Will Farley (Rushmere) will be hoping to put that right. They will be hoping to book their place in the championship finals on at The Belfry on October 17 and 18.

Bush Hills was designed by two of the greatest players to play the game, Harry Vardon and James Braid, who between them have won no fewer than 11 Open Championship titles. The course is set in just under 100 acres of parkland in Enfield.

Suffolk will face stiff competition from Beds&Cambs, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Norfolk.

Hertfordshire: Daniel Field (East Herts), Glen Portelli (Old Fold Manor), James Ruebotham (Welwyn Garden City).


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Essex: Jason Levermore and James Scade (Little Channels), Brett Taylor (Rivenhall Oaks).

Beds & Cambs: Adam Pike (Brampton Park), James Mynott (St Ives), Darren Charlton (Dunstable Downs).

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Middlesex: Christopher Davis (Trent Park, James Taverner (Hendon), James Wood (Crews Hill).

Bush Hills was designed by two of the greatest players to play the game, Harry Vardon and James Braid, who between them have won no fewer than 11 Open Championship titles. The course is set in just under 100 acres of parkland in Enfield.

Also on Tuesday Stonham Barns is hosting an UK Kids regional qualifier. Nine holes of medal Big Hole golf will be played with no handicap required. The age categories are from 12 down to six. The entry fee is £15.

Enter via www.ukkidsgolf.co.uk/tours/11.

- Suffolk Seniors finished ninth of the 11 counties in the South Eastern Group county qualifier held at Fulwell in Middlesex this week. Sussex were the winners. Suffolk finished above both Bedfordshire and Norfolk.

Suffolk’s leading player was Stephen Whymark with rounds of 80 and 73 for a total of 153. Other scores: 160: Roger Taylor 85 75. 162: Steve Mann 81 81. 163: Mark Jackson 82 81, 166: Kevin Brooks 86 80. 168: Trevor Hellyer 82 82

Sixth-placed Essex scores: 147: Chris Aukett 72 75. 149: Mark Stones 78 71. 158: Jeff Matthewson 79 79, Steve Rooney 80 78. 159: Michael Partridge 77 82. 162: Ian Grant.

Norfolk scores: 150: David Pattrick 77 73.164: Adrian Myhill 91 73. 166: Tony Richards 84 82. 168: John Tavener 87 81. 171: Antony Ralton 88 83. 174: Robert Webb 86 88.

- Haverhill will host the semi-final of the Hambro Cup between Bury St Edmunds and Brett Vale on August 27. The other semi-final between Gorleston and Haverhill will be at Diss. The final is on September 10.

The semi-final of the Tolly Cobbold Cup between Ufford Park and Ipswich will be held at Woodbridge. The other semi-final between Diss and Bury St Edmunds will be played at Stowmarket. The final will be at Rookery Park on September 10.

Diss won their quarter-final at St Audry’s by three holes. Key to their victory was the partnership between 17-year-old Charlie Stammers and Phil Allen who were 10 up on the day. Stammers now plays off eight. He won his Stenson Shield match against Jordan Nelli at Purdis Heath at the end of last month when called up as an afternoon substitute.

- Suffolk under-16 boys took on Suffolk under-14s at Royal Worlington in a match designed to give the lower age group experience of foursomes golf. Although the under 14s won three of the five matches, the under 16s won by three holes using Hambro scoring. It was useful practice and demonstrated that there is talent coming through the Suffolk junior coaching programme which, if they sustain their progress, should bear fruit in the future.

Gerry Markham, father of Stowmarket head professional Jon, holed in one at the 192-yard fourth hole at Rushmere using a three-wood. His playing partners were Roy Hudson and Mark Wheeldon.

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