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Irresistible Booth claims double prize in pro-am

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Mark Booth won both the professional and team prize as a field of 41 turned out for the Haverhill-hosted PGA East Region Pro-Am on Friday.

An excellent five-under-par 65 saw the Colmworth and North Beds player triumph in the professional competition on a pristine course which saw head greenkeeper Glenn Norris and his team praised for their work.

Joint runners-up were Jason Levermore, of Channels Golf Club, and Chase Davis, of Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, both with 68.

The team competition was a medal format, with the best two scores to count on each hole. The winners with a score of 124 (16-under-par) were Booth, again, with team members Glen Hughes and Anthony Archer, both from hosts Haverhill, and Paul Bragg, from Braintree.

The runners-up, on count back, with a score of 125 were James Jankowski, Barry Cooper, Peter Philips and Harry Youngblood.

In third place was the team of Ed Morton (EM Golf Studio) with Haverhill’s Colin Bradnam, Ben Bradnam and Dan Bentley.

After the competition, Haverhill’s head professional, Paul Wilby, went on to thank the regular main sponsor, M J Pipe Ltd (Electrical & Gas Appliance Centre).

Other event sponsors included Saffron Insurance, Greene King plc, Stylize Display Graphics, On-Line Lighting, Glassfusion, Cheffins Estate Agents, Kedington Butchers, Lynvale Ltd, Haverhill Mould & Tools, Haverhill Electrical, EMG Garage, Travel Counsellors, Bradnams Joinery, The Royal Exchange, Trinity Workshops, and PBM Buildbase Haverhill.

There were also a number of sponsors who subsidised the entry fees for seven Haverhill juniors, with thanks given to: Basil Sargeant, Lindsey Cornish, Jason West, Howard Wood, Murray McKenzie, Rory O’Brien and Neil and Nigel Farenden.

n Haverhill Ladies played in their Midweek Stableford last Wednesday with Carol Day having an exceptional round to win with a score of 42 points, reducing her handicap by three shots to 33.

In second place was Gerry Wheatley with 38pts, reducing her handicap by a shot to 21 and in third place was Linda Alexander with 33pts.

In the Saturday Stableford, Jenni Bradnam was the winner with 35pts, with Gerry Wheatley second with 34pts and Mandy Williamson third with 33pts.

The Men’s IFF Challenge was played last Wednesday with Geoff Bush the overall winner with a superb score of 43pts, reducing his handicap by two shots to 18.

The full results were Division One: 1st place Dave Pipe 39pts on count-back, 2nd place Terry Lyons 39pts on count back and in 3rd place Jack Warwick 39pts. Division Two: 1st place Geoff Bush 43pts, 2nd place Frazer Curl 42pts, 3rd place Stuart King 40pts. Division Three: 1st place Peter Jennings 38pts, 2nd place Geoff Dorkins 37pts, 3rd place John Ward 35pts.

n Haverhill Ladies enjoyed a successful day’s golf at Bury St Edmunds when they competed against Rushmere in the first round of the Cranworth on Thursday.

They won the morning pairs 2-1 despite some close matches, while the afternoon singles were equally exciting with some of the matches swinging back and forth, but Haverhill fought on and eventually claimed three points to add to the morning result, giving an overall win of 5-4. The team will go onto meet Ufford Park at Stowmarket on July 23.

The full results were (Haverhill team first): Denise Walker & Doreen Crosbee won 2&1 v Joan Potter & Pam Trett, Chris Grainger & Norma Humphrey lost 2&1 v Jackie Thomas & Christine Bloomfield, Marian Mercer & Linda Alexander won 3&2 v Barbara Pratt & Jean English. Afternoon singles: Denise Walker lost 6&5 v Joan Potter, Norma Humphrey won 1up v Jackie Thomas, Doreen Crosbee lost 3&2 v Christine Bloomfield, Chris Grainger won 3&2 v Barbara Pratt, Linda Alexander won 7&6 v Jean English, Marian Mercer lost 2&1 v Pam Trett.

n Haverhill played in their Stenson match at home against Newton Green on Saturday.

Following the morning matches, the hosts found themselves down by 1½-2 ½, so team captain Liam Merritt rearranged his original order for the afternoon matches which paid off, as the Haverhill team put in a magnificent effort to win overall 6½-5½. Haverhill will go on to meet Waldringfield away in the third round on July 11.

The full results of the morning matches were (Haverhill team first): Liam Merritt & Lewis Whiting lost 5&4 vs Russell Oakley & Harvey Watts, Jack Bligh & Matt Farlie lost 3&1 to Connor Talbot & Max Henson, Andy Fish & Paul Bartlett halved vs Simon Bearmon & Steve Wordley and Jack Warwick & Chris Vince won 4&3 vs Jed Seeley & Greg Hills. In the afternoon singles: Matt Farlie won 3&1 vs Harvey Watts, Paul Bartlett lost 3 &2 vs Russell Oakley, Liam Merritt lost 2 down vs Jed Seeley, Jack Bligh lost 2 down vs Greg Hills, Lewis Whiting won 6&5 vs Max Henson, Andy Fish won 4&3 vs Connor Talbot, Jack Warwick won 5&4 vs Steve Wordley and Chris Vince won 3&2 vs Simon Bearmon.

n Haverhill Junior Fiona Stokes is through to the semi-finals of the Suffolk Junior Girls’ Matchplay Championship after beating Mary Cuthbert of Thorpeness Golf Club at home on Saturday 3&1.

Haverhill Juniors competed in the Junior Team Handicap Cup at Rushmere on Sunday, losing 5-1 but with junior organiser, Doreen Darbey, saying how well they had played, especially Tom Turner and Harry Proctor, who had not competed in a county event before.

The results were (Haverhill first): Josh Hulyer lost vs Daniel Jennings, Fiona Stokes won vs Jordan Cobbold, Jason Carpenter lost vs Charlotte Woodage, Ben Bradnam halved vs James Tierney, Tom Turner lost vs Chloe Bennett, Harry Proctor lost vs Ben Hemblieg.

n Paul Sullivan reduced his handicap by two shots to 16 after winning The Medal and Cecil Darken third round on Sunday with a nett 65 from an impressive field of 87.

The full results were: Division One 1st place Andy Gage 79-12-67 on count-back, 2nd place Gerry Scott 73-6-67, 3rd place Peter Bowers 80-12-68 on count-back. Division Two: 1st place Paul Sullivan 83-18-65, 2nd place John Annand 84-18-66, 3rd place Frazer Curl 80-13-67 on count-back. Division Three: 1st place Paul Sharpe 96-28-68 on count-back, 2nd place Lawrie Drysdale 92-25-68, 3rd place Peter Young 95-26-69.

n The winner of the Cecil Darken Cup, with the best two scores from the April, May and June Sunday Medals, was John Annand, with a sublime score of 65+66=131, eight shots clear of his nearest rivals Peter Bowers and Simon Cousins, both with scores of 71+68=139.

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