Garnett on Golf: Paul Waring wins World Deaf Golf Championship
PUBLISHED: 12:54 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 31 July 2018
Paul Waring of Felixstowe Ferry won the World Golf Deaf Championship at Carton House in Ireland by 11 shots from Australian Jack McLeod.
The England men’s team of six came third behind Australia and the United States.
It was a big week for Suffolk golf with Habebul Islam of Ipswich Golf Club being selected for England Boys in next week’s Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch.
Ben Sayers of Felixstowe Ferry makes his Suffolk first team debut in the Anglian League match against Northamptonshire at Wellingborough on Sunday. He is rewarded for having scored five and a half points out of six in the three second team matches this year.
Josh Cottrell (Rushmere) returns but Aldeburgh’s Gregor Tait is unavailable. Sayers will partner club colleague Paul Waring in the foursomes. Adam Sheldrake will play in the second team at Diss.
Suffolk must win at Wellingborough to keep alive any hope of becoming Anglian League champions.
Suffolk and Northants both have four points (two wins and one loss) while Leicestershire have won all three of their games. They meet Suffolk at Stowmarket on September.
Northamptonshire’s leading player on current form is Charlie Salter who finished tied 17th in the Carris Trophy and was their 2017 county champion.
There was a three-way play-off for this year’s Northants amateur title. Liam O’Neela was the winner from Michael Farr and Luis Witherall, another promising teenager.
So far this season they have not used either Ben Jones or Robin Williams, both involved with England Golf, who played against Suffolk at Rookery Park last year.
The undefeated Suffolk second team were held to a draw in their last match against Norfolk at Caldecott Hall. They are well placed to win their League but cannot afford to slip against Northants.
The Suffolk second team is: James Tyler (Ipswich) and Chris Bartrum (Diss), Jasper Johnson (Ipswich) and Charlie Taylor (Diss), Sam Byford (Ipswich) and Jed Seeley (Newton Green), Josh Robertson (Aldeburgh) and Adam Sheldrake (Felixstowe Ferry).
Suffolk: Jack Cardy and Sam Debenham (both Hintlesham), Calvin Sherwood (Rookery Park) and Chris Fleming (Ipswich), Josh Cottrell (Rushmere) and James Biggs (Diss), Paul Waring and Ben Sayers (Felixstowe Ferry).
Northamptonshire: Callum Farr, Charlie Sadler, Lee Hitchcock, Liam McNeela, Luis Witherall, Michael Farr, Mikey Chambers and Fraser Carnihan.
- Jack Butcher, a junior from Gorleston, won the Fishing Smack (handicap) at Rookery Park by three shots from Luke Thompson of the home club. The holder, Ben Newman, was down the field.
The top two positions were reversed for the Jubilee Cup (gross scores) when Thomson had 75 and 69 and Butcher had 78 and 77. Third place went to James Tyler (Ipswich) with 77 and 78.
- The Suffolk Junior Championship is at Bungay on Wednesday. Conal Downing of Rookery Park will be defending the title he won at Felixstowe last year. The runner-up and junior match play champion, Harvey Watts of Newton Green, is on holiday.
The lowest handicap player is George Fricker of Ufford Park off plus one. Max Adams of Bury St Edmunds is scratch and Alfie Halil of Flempton, the Suffolk Open champion, was one when he made his entry.
Louis Martin of Haverhill and Liam Hansey, on his home course, are both off three.
It would be no surprise if Max Weaver, off five, puts in a strong challenge. Thirteen-year-old Dominic Rudd of Thorpeness is also off five and the winner of the Silver Frigate at his home club. Ryan Turnbull of Stowmarket and Teddy Hall of Bury St Edmunds are also off five.
Most of the players, except the very young ones, hold single figure handicaps. It should be an interesting day. Because there are so few entries the championship will be over 18 holes. The match play will be at Felixstowe Ferry on August 21 and 22.
- Adam Sheldrake won the John Cook Trophy as Felixstowe Ferry club champion.
Ben Sayers was runner-up for the fourth successive year. Sheldrake had rounds of 76 and 85 while Sayers had 78 and 84.
The championship was played over two days with the top 40 gross scores qualifying for a second round. First round leader was seven-handicap Charlie Brown with 74.
- The Kersey Cup (handicap) was won by 10-handicap Ian Brown.
The Saturday play was suspended for an hour because of thunder, lightning and flooded greens. On Sunday there was rain for a while and high winds.
The Ladies’ Championship was reduced to 18 holes. Winner was Jo Woodward with gross 84. The Jean Cross Cup (best net) was won by ladies’ captain Di Hegarty with 76.