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Garner wins Spencer Woods Cup at Haverhill GC

Peter Garner claimed victory in the 2015 Spencer Woods Cup at Haverhill Golf Club after enjoying a strong back nine.

He qualified through to the final having won matches against James Hastie, Steve French and Nick Bailey before seeing off Nigel Farenden in the semi-final.

For the final, Garner, who plays off a handicap of 10 had to give his opponent, Alastair Cocks, three shots.

The match was very close over the front nine, however Garner managed to seize the advantage at the turn winning the next few holes, a lead which he maintained until he won the match on the 15th, to claim the victory by 4&3. The Suffolk Veteran Ladies Golf Association (SVLGA) Autumn Foursomes Competition took place at Haverhill Golf Club with 50 members taking part.

The principal Causton Cups competition was foursomes Stableford played over 27 holes with an 18 hole foursomes event for those who could not play the longer competition.

Woodbridge Golf Club’s Ann Graves and Nina Neilsen won the 27 hole event played last Monday with 52 points from Sue Whymark and Sue Fulcher (Woodbridge Golf Club) with 50pts.

Third place went to Colly Muttitt and Heather Wright (Bungay Golf Club) with 47pts (on count-back) and in fourth was Liz Ward and Margaret Hills (Newton Green Golf Club) with 47pts (on count back).

In the 18 hole event the winners were Jackie Mosley and Betty Holman (Bury St Edmunds Golf Club) with 30pts (on count back) and the runners-up were Diane Clarke and Pat Cook (Ufford Park Golf Club) with 30pts.

The Maggie Vale Memorial Golf Day was held last Tuesday.

Once again, there was tremendous support for the event, which raised funds in excess of £3,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Addenbrookes and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, in memory of Haverhill member, John Vale’s daughter Maggie.

In all 17 teams took part in the Stableford event, played off three quarter handicaps, with the best two scores from four to count on each hole.

The prize giving was made by Haverhill’s head professional, Paul Wilby, and the results were as follows: nearest the pin on the 2nd was Neil Farenden, on the 8th was Peter Amies, on the 12th was Alastair Cocks, and on 16th was Kevin Carling.

The winners of the qualifying handicap competition were: Nigel, Neil and Ollie Farenden and Peter Amies with 95pts who started birdie/birdie at holes eight and nine to collect seven points for his team to get them off to a great start.

The runners-up, with 86pts, were: Mick Dalena, Chris Mellings, Pat McGarr and Alastair Cocks. In third place, with 84pts, were Ross Curl, Colin Ward, Lee Kidd and Chris Knight.

The non-qualifying handicap section was won by John Vale, Lewis Whiting, Gary Wray and Geoff Patient with 93pts.

Afterwards John Vale, one of the event sponsors, thanked the other sponsors: Conor O’Brien, Grant and Greg Kingston, Chas Salmon and his family, Nigel and Neil Farenden for their generosity, and all who made the day a great success.

The Suffolk versus Cambs and Hunts Past Lady Captains competition was contested at Haverhill recently.

The format was pairs betterball, with 12 ladies representing each county. Haverhill’s lady captain, Sheila Price, reported the Suffolk Ladies were the winners.

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