Professionals grace greens at Haverhill in annual event

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Haverhill Golf Club recently hosted a major event in the form of the annual Pro-Am tournament run by the Eastern Region PGA and club professionals Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush.

The event was attended by 42 professional golfers from all parts of the country.

Each pro plays with a team of three amateurs, so during the day 168 players took to the course, which was in top condition.

The joint winners of the Professionals competition were Jason Livermore and Ian Campbell with three-under-par scores of 67 and the winning team were John Lo, Walter Pobwana, John Kaske and professional Suffian Dhaduk.

n Meanwhile, The drinks were flowing on the first tee at Haverhill Golf Club as the ladies teed off for their latest Lady Captain’s Day.

The theme was an Hawaiian Beach Party and the ladies were dressed for the occasion in Hawaiian beachwear.

Winners of the greensomes format competition were Lyn Fish and Kirsty Iron, who conquered the competition while managing to hang on to their buckets and spades while playing around of golf.

The day was enjoyed by all and congratulations go to lady captain, Val Shipp, for one of the most entertaining golf days Haverhill has seen.

n Elsewhere, the club’s junior team of Fiona Stokes, James Iron and Josh Hulyer played the final of the Suffolk Junior Team Championship against Newton Green on a neutral course at Felixstowe Ferry.

The juniors had performed well in the competition to reach the final but they were pipped at the post, losing out by two Stableford points.

The match went down to the last hole out of the 54 played, with Newton Green winning by 100 points to Haverhill’s 98.

Newton Green now go on to the national rounds of the competition.

n Another Haverhill prodigy, young Ellis Kerr, finished second in the under-8 section of the East Anglian Junior Championships, held at Stonham Barns near Stowmarket.

Haverhill has an active junior section at the club guided by PGA Professionals Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush.

n The ladies’ midweek medal was won by Judy Farren with a net score of 69 and the Saturday winner was Pauline Calmett with a nett 73.

Winner of the Ladies’ Starlighters were Elaine Ward and Mandy Williamson.

Meanwhile, the ladies’ midweek Stableford was won by Val Shipp with 36 points and the Saturday competition was won by Chris Grainger with a magnificent 42 points leading to a three-point cut in her handicap.

The ladies also had a Beat the Pro game, with the winning team of Jenni Bradnam and Lindsey Cornish beating the pro with 45 points.

n The Men’s Midweek Medal was won by Lyndon Brown with an exceptional overall nett score of 62.

In second place was Darren Russell with a final score of 64 while Dan Wilkins settled for third place with 67.