Baird prevails in thrilling Seniors’ Championship
Garry Baird held off stiff competition to take the honours as Haverhill Golf Club recently hosted the Seniors’ Club Championship.
An impressive field of 63 competitors took part in the 18 hole medal event, with the eventual outcome having to be determined on countback.
Baird just had the edge with a gross score of 80 (back nine score of 39) to claim the victory and the Chris Briggs Trophy ahead of Richard Sharp on count back also with 80 (back nine score of 43) and Simon Cousins in third also with 80 (back nine score of 44).
In the nett event, Geoff Bush was the winner to claim the Paul Wallace Trophy while for the 18 and over handicaps, Spencer Tatum was the winner. Nearest the pin on the eighth was won by Geoff Dorkins and nearest the pin on the 16th was won by Richard Brazier.
The club also hosted the Senior Ladies’ East Region Championship where a field of 38 ladies took part, representing 27 clubs from across the region including Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
The overall winner of the Scratch competition was Rena Stott from Essendon Country Club with a gross score of 82 to claim the Championship Trophy ahead of Viv Kemp from Bury St Edmunds with 84 on count back and in third place Greta Barclay from Ely with 84.
The handicap competition was won by Viv Kemp ahead of Greta Barclay and Sue Allen of Great Yarmouth and Caister.
The Team Shield went to Essex, represented by Philipa Deman and Mandy Rix of Colchester Golf Club, both with gross scores of 84 and Jude Hanner of Stoke-by-Nayland, with a gross 85.
Meanwhile, Haverhill Ladies competed in their next major, The Shrubberies, in a pairs better ball stableford format.
Denise Walker and Jenni Bradnam proved victorious with an excellent score of 44 points ahead of Linda Alexander and Leah Letcher with 43 points and Mary Sail and Pat Wellstead with 41 points.
The club helped to raise an impressive total of £319.40 for Diabetes UK as they held the Ladies’ Captain Day on Saturday.
Following on from the men’s competition which was won by Bob Spittle ahead of Eamonn Bareham, the ladies played a Texas scramble with seven teams of four taking part.
The winners were Mary Sail, Mandy Williamson, Fiona Stokes and Carol Day with a score of 62 ahead of Jackie Adams, Alice Iron, Jenni Bradnam and Ann Waters with a score of 64.3.
On Sunday, the club played in their quarter final match of the Hambro at home against Bungay and Waveney.
The hosts seized the advantage following the morning matches and at lunchtime were leading by six holes before going on to consilidate their lead in the afternoon matches to clinch an overall 16-hole victory and seal their place in the semi-finals where they will face Gorleston on Sunday, August 16.