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Haverhill members help to clinch team award joy

WINNING TEAM: Suffolk Alliance winning team of Paul Bartlett, John Kennedy and Neil Farenden
WINNING TEAM: Suffolk Alliance winning team of Paul Bartlett, John Kennedy and Neil Farenden

Haverhill Golf Club took the Team Prize at the second meeting of the Suffolk Winter Alliance, held at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club last Wednesday.

A field of 78 players took part, including four professionals.

Sam Forgan won the Professional Prize with a commendable five-under-par 67, that included eight birdies.

In second place was Rob Pritchard (Cretingham) with 70, and in joint third place were Tim Cooper (Newton Green) and Dean Fairweather (Bury Driving Range) with 75.

The Team Prize, with any two scores from four to count, was won by the team of Rob Pritchard (Cretingham) and John Kennedy, Paul Bartlett and Neil Farenden (all from Haverhill) with 81pts.

In second place were Sam Forgan, Paul Presland, Keith Rooney and Adrian Gipson (Stowmarket) with 79pts and in third place were John Smith, Graham Vandervord, Paul Smith and David Yates (Stoke-by-Nayland and Braintree) with 77pts.

n The first leg of Haverhill Ladies’ Turkey Trot was also played last Wednesday.

Some excellent scores were returned, and the winner of the competition was Gerry Wheatley with 37pts.

In second place, on count-back, was Linda Alexander with 34pts.

In third place was Mary Sail with 34pts.

n The Saturday competition, played at the weekend, was won by Mandy Williamson with 34pts, while in second place was Lyn Fish with 32pts on count-back and in third place was Pat Kennedy with 32pts.

Gerry Wheatley is currently the overall leader going into the second leg, to be played on November 18 and 21.

n Haverhill men hosted a friendly match at home against Stowmarket on Saturday.

There were five four-ball matches in total playing Hambro format.

The hosts enjoyed an emphatic win by 29 holes, which was a great turn around following Haverhill’s defeat in both the home and away matches last year.

The Haverhill team comprised Andy Fish and John Kennedy, Paul Bartlett and Kim Ward, Richard Parker and Chris Shipp, Luke Williams and Gary Cowley and Terry Lyons and Roger Hartley.

Club captain Rob Viney thanked the visitors for the match and looked forward to the away match next year.

Stowmarket captain, Adrian Gipson, went onto thank Haverhill for its wonderful hospitality.

He also commended the Haverhill greenkeepers for presenting the golf course in such an excellent condition for the time year.

The CAB Edwards Cup was played on Sunday with the format greensomes medal, played off 3/8th combined handicap, with a field of 62 taking part.

It was the father-and-son partnership of Simon and Andrew Cousins who claimed the victory, playing off a combined handicap of nine, by returning a superb six-under-par round of 64.

The runners-up were Jason West and Andy Fish, playing off a combined handicap of six with a nett 65 and in third place was John Kennedy and Paul Bartlett, playing off a joint handicap of seven with a nett 67, just edging out Howard Craven and Mick Warren also with a nett 67.

n Haverhill Golf Club now has five of its juniors involved in Suffolk County coaching, with the most recent recruit being Alfie West, (pictured) with Josh Hulyer and James Iron.

Alfie is in the under-12s, Josh and James are both in the under-14s.

Two other juniors, Lewis Whiting and Fiona Stokes, are also part of the Suffolk County squad and have regularly represented Suffolk during the 2015 season.

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