National finals await for first-time junior county champions
Haverhill Golf Club have won the Suffolk Junior Golf Club Championship for the first ever time on Sunday.
The three-player team of Suffolk Girls Junior champion Fiona Stokes, James Iron and Jason Carpenter saw off all competition on their way to an inaugural county title at Newton Green Golf Club.
They will now represent Suffolk at the national final at Frilford Heath Golf Club in August.
The team, helped by club junior organiser Doreen Darbey, defeated Diss by 101 points to 89.
Haverhill even earned their final place by overcoming reigning champion Newton Green in the second round to become the undisputed champions.
It halted a Newton Green side who had won the event for the last three years.
All three members of the Haverhill team played consistently well, and they all scored more than 30 points on their way to becoming the deserved winners.
Harrison Groucott of Diss was the highest points scorer with 39 but, unfortunately, his team mate Charlie Stammers was unwell on the course and did well to keep going and complete his round.
Alex Lawrie was drafted into the Diss team at very short notice to play in his first ever competitive match, having only recently acquired a handicap of 28 but had to play off a handicap of 24 due to the rules of the competition.
The match was played in glorious sunshine and the course was in excellent condition and all the players conducted themselves in an exemplary manner.
l Meanwhile, Haverhill Golf Club have held a number of successful competitions – with some exceptional scores returned from the Jamie Warner Challenge in particular.
Simon Price scored 44 points as he cut his handicap by three shots to 14 to win Division Two while Chris Vince won Division One with 38 points. Pat Bowes secured top spot in Division Three.
The club also hosted their Ladies Summer Event last week, with the Newmarket team winning with 108 points.
A Newton Green/Gosfield contingent took second with 106 points.