Greens Maintenance (Rescue Trial) Updated Friday 21st April

Greens Maintenance

Members may be aware that the Club has engaged the services of RIPTA Agronomist Mr Philip Armitage, following Philip’s site visit in January he has set out a programme of work to improve the quality of the main course greens. Part of this work is to remove coarse grasses (Ryegrass & Yorkshire Fog) from the greens and replace with finer grasses (Bent & Fescue). The Main Board has approved that the Greens Committee can trial a product called Rescue. Rescue provides effective control of Ryegrass, reduces other invasive coarse grasses, and leaves Fescue and Poa Annua unaffected.

Before applying Rescue, the following work will be carried out on a trial area of the 8th green this week.

1.        The trial area will be hollow cored to 100mm, the cores will be removed and the holes back-filled with top dressing.

2.        The trial area will be sarel-spiked and overseeded with Bent grass.

3.        The trial area will be sprayed with Rescue using a knapsack sprayer.

Members will see that the trial area will start to turn yellow after about 7 – 10 days as the coarse grasses start to die back. The Bent grass that was overseeded prior to the application of Rescue will germinate leaving a superior putting surface both visually and in playability.

 

For and on behalf of the Main Board, R Pettett Secretary

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Approximately 1 quarter of the green has been cored on the right hand side to a depth of 100mm. The cores have been removed from the green. The holes will be back-filled on Tuesday with top dressing, the area will then be overseeded with Bent grass before the area is sprayed on Friday with Rescue.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.

Captain & Lady Captain Drive-in's

Lady Captain's Drive-in Tuesday 21st March & Captain's Drive-in Sunday 26th March

Club Captain Stuart Punt & Lady Captain Rita Mayn held their drive-ins on Tuesday and Sunday. Both events were well supported as they kicked off their year in office in style. Both Stuart and Rita have chosen the Befriending Scheme - Lowestoft as their chosen charity for their year in office.

Stuart dressed as plumber Mario from the Super Mario Video Game

Stuart dressed as plumber Mario from the Super Mario Video Game

Rita dressed as a school mistress

Rita dressed as a school mistress

Thursday League 2017

Norfolk & Suffolk Golf League (Thursday League) 2017

The Club's two Thursday League teams are looking for new players to take part in this years competition, the season runs from the end of April to the end of July. The format is five foursomes matches against teams from Caldecott Hall, Great Yarmouth & Caister, Bungay, and Gorleston golf clubs. This is a great way to meet new people, play a sociable but competitive game of golf, with food afterwards.

The Club has two teams A (Rookery Trawler Boys) & B (Rookery Rebels), with matches teeing off from 4:30pm. If you are interested in representing the Club, the sign up sheets for both teams are in the gents changing room.

 

Hambro, Stenson and Tolly Teams

Hambro, Stenson & Tolly Teams 2017

Hambro/Stenson Captain Chris Soanes and Tolly Captain Matt Sherlock have now posted sign up sheets for this year's Suffolk Golf Union competitions. Any male member with a competition handicap of 9 or below who interested in representing the Club in the Hambro or Stenson teams, please register your interest by signing up on the sheets in the gents changing room and casual bar. Any male member with a competition handicap of between 10 and 18 who interested in helping the Club defend the Tolly trophy, please register your interest by signing up on the sheets in the gents changing room and casual bar.

Captain's Drive-In

Captain's Drive-In Sunday 26th March

In-coming Captains Stuart Punt and Rita Mayn have chosen the Befriending Scheme (Lowestoft) as their chosen charity for 2017. As is tradition both in-coming Captains have a Drive-In after the AGM (Lady Captain on Tuesday 21st March & Captain Sunday 26th March). Stuart has for this year chosen a novel way for members to guess how far he is going to drive-in. Stuart will be displaying a roll-up banner in the bar from Sunday 24th February with hundreds of squares to pick from, speaking from experience Stuart's drive could go anywhere from still on the tee to 50 yards left or right of the fairway!

Stuart Punt & his novel roll-up drive-in banner (please excuse the work clothing)

Punnet of Plums win Sports Quiz Night

Sports Quiz Friday 3rd February 2017

Chairman of Social (David Porter) hosted a very enjoyable sports quiz on Friday night, those attending were tested on rounds of football, cricket, olympics, golf, and a random sports round. The winners were the punnet of plums team of Rob Dawson, Rachel Dawson, Adrian Wicks, and Brian Nicholls,

Left to Right: Rob Dawson, Adrian Wicks, Rachel Dawson, & Brian Nicholls

Left to Right: Rob Dawson, Adrian Wicks, Rachel Dawson, & Brian Nicholls

Rookery Park to host England Golf Qualifier (Women's) in 2017

Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy (Women's) England Golf - Rookery Park Saturday 13 May 2017

Rookery Park Golf Club has been chosen to host the England Golf East Region Medal Final (Women's) in 2017. This major competition has now attracted sponsorship from Bridgestone. 10 qualifying places are available in each of the 6 regional finals, with the grand final taking place on 18th August at Woodhall Spa (the home of England Golf). Club Secretary Robert Pettett, stated that the Club was delighted and looking forward to hosting such a prestigious event.

 

 

Hole in One Delight for Bidwell

Bidwell scores 'Hole in One' 

Brian Bidwell has recorded the first 'Hole in One' at Rookery Park of 2017. Brian recorded his feat on the 9th hole during Sunday's Gent's Medal competition.  Brian (pictured below) started his round on the 10th and by the time he reached the 6th, he was struggling on 17 over par off his 11 handicap. Brian then went on a superb run of birdie, eagle, bogey, eagle (hole in one), to finish with a 13 over par nett 74. 

Well done Brian.

Brian Bidwell

Brian Bidwell

Winter Golf @ Rookery Park

Rookery Park has undertaken major improvements to the existing drainage on the course (gravel banding), and installed new drainage on the 3rd fairway. As a result, the course is now playable all year round (with the exception of snow). Rookery Park does not have temporary greens, or use temporary tees. Come and experience winter golf at Rookery Park on our fantastic winter offer.

Rookery Park GC Winter Golf Offer 2016-17

Rookery Park Golf Club Winter Golf & Food Offer 2016-17

(From 30th Oct 2016 to 24th March 2017)

Rookery Park has invested heavily during the year to improve the drainage on the course. For only £24 why not come along and have a round of golf on one of Suffolk's finest courses, followed by a choice of warming meals from our franchise caterers A & C East Catering Ltd in our ACE Restaurant. 

Bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance through the Pro Shop (01502 515103). For groups of 10 or more please contact the Secretary (01502 509190)

Rookery Park win Tolly Cobbold Cup after 41 year wait

Suffolk Golf Union Tolly Cobbold Cup Final Rookery Park v Felixstowe Ferry Sunday 28th Aug 2016

Bank Holiday Sunday saw Rookery Park Tolly Team victorious in winning the Tolly Cobbold Cup for the first time as Rookery Park G.C. The last time the club won the trophy was in 1974 but as Lowestoft Golf Club not as Rookery Park.

The match was against Felixstowe Ferry G.C and held on a neutral course at Stowmarket G.C. It was an exciting contest with Felixstowe taking a lead in most matches over the early holes after the first 9 holes Rookery were down in 2 matches and square in the other 2. The first Rookery pair of James Hogg and Scott Coleman turned their game around from being 2 down to finish the morning session 1 up. The following pair of Steve Morris and Kevin Fitzgerald were not quite so successful unable to find their true form and finishing the morning session 4 down. Conal Downing and Kevin Titchiner battled back from 2 down with 2 to play to finish all square as did the final pair of James Nolloth and Ian Foxton. This left the match on a knife edge at lunch with Rookery 3 down.

Captain Allan Holmes and Vice-Captain John Marjoram had discussions both between themselves and with the team members regarding any possible changes that could be made to order or substitutes. They considered swapping the first 2 pairs around but in the end it was decided to leave the team as it is and field the same team and order. Felixstowe however changed their first 2 pairs around and therefore the decision was made for them.  As the afternoon session progressed Rookery first pair James Hogg & Scott Coleman forged ahead playing some very good golf they were 3 up at 9 and although losing a couple of holes in the back 9 holes pressed on to finish 5 up. Their efforts alone had wiped out the lunch time deficit and put Rookery back in the driving seat. Second pair of Steve Morris and Kevin Fitzgerald were still struggling to find their true form and were 3 down with 3 to play. The pair kept to the task and made a sterling effort over the closing holes winning all 3 to bring their match back to all square. After 2 pairs had finished Rookery found themselves leaders in the Club House with 2 matches to come. At this time the heavens opened and the players had to battle heavy rain, the Third pair of Conal Downing and Kevin Titchiner were 1 up with 3 to play.  On the 15th green Kevin Titchiner holed a great putt for a half to remain 1 up after it looked as though the pair may lose the hole. On the 17 another good putt saw them go 2 up and with a birdie to finish on the last hole the pair finished 3 up for the afternoon. Rookery’s fourth pair of James Nolloth and Ian Foxton knew that the match was very close and for a long while it had looked like a playoff may be required. In their early holes the pair were unable to hold the Felixstowe pair and found themselves 4 down after 4. Unfazed by this start the pair knuckled down and by the 9th hole they had reduced the deficit to 1 down. They continued to press and by the 12th hole they had the advantage leading 1up. The next few holes were very close but the pair managed to hold on to their lead finishing 1 up and giving Rookery Park the victory 6 up.

This was the second consecutive year that Rookery Park had managed reached the final of this County Competition and after losing 3 down last year it was with great pleasure, relief and pride in the team that Captain Allan Holmes was able to lift the Trophy for the first time as Rookery Park G C This year a number of players have played their part for the team in reaching the final. The second round match saw 5 new players introduced due to absences but they went on to secure victory and allow the team to progress to the final. Allan & John would like to pay tribute to all the players who have both played and who showed interest in being part of this campaign. 

Left to Right: Kevin Titchiner, James Nolloth, Conal Downing, Colin Firmin (Vice-President SGU), Ian Foxton, Steve Powell, Scott Coleman, James Hogg, Kevin Fitzgerald, Steve Morris, Allan Holmes (non-playing Captain), Ian Mace, & John Marjoram (Vice-Captain).

Left to Right: Kevin Titchiner, James Nolloth, Conal Downing, Colin Firmin (Vice-President SGU), Ian Foxton, Steve Powell, Scott Coleman, James Hogg, Kevin Fitzgerald, Steve Morris, Allan Holmes (non-playing Captain), Ian Mace, & John Marjoram (Vice-Captain).

 

Thompson victorious in Sir John Drughorn

Sir John Drughorn Open Gorleston GC Sunday 21st August 2016

The Sir John Drughorn, a Suffolk Order of Merit event, was held at Gorleston Golf Club on Sunday 21 August.36 competitors took part in somewhat windy conditions hence the scores were higher than usual. 

Luke Thompson, Rookery Park, took the Open Scratch Cup with a total of 147 ,rounds of 74 and 73 from Danny Western on 150-76-74 Danny became the Gorleston Club Champion and holder of the Closed Scratch Cup. Chris Duffy took 3rd place with 151-75-76

The Sir John Drughorn Trophy goes to the best nett and was won by Daniel Crosby, a 7 handicapper from the home club, with 155 nett 141. Daniel also becomes the Gorleston Handicap Champion.

Pictured from left is Luke Thompson, Danny Western, Neil Youngs, Gorleston Club Captain, and Daniel Crosby

Pictured from left is Luke Thompson, Danny Western, Neil Youngs, Gorleston Club Captain, and Daniel Crosby

Thompson & Garrod take Jubilee Cup & Fishing Smack Honours

Fishing Smack & Jubilee Cup Sunday 24th July 2016

Luke Thompson & Graham Garrod are the 2016 Jubilee Cup & Fishing Smack champions. In the Jubilee Cup (Scratch) Luke's 36 hole total of 143, was 5 clear of runner-up Nathan Overton (Woodbridge GC), and an impressive 12 clear of third place Chris Duffy (Gorleston). The morning 18 saw impressive rounds of 69 from Nathan and 70 from Luke. Nathan's 69 included a run of 5 birdies in 6 holes from the 12th. However neither player could match their morning exploits, as a strengthening wind made score conditions difficult. 

In the Fishing Smack (Nett), Luke (nett 143) nearly pulled off a rare double of scratch & nett victories, however he was just edged out by Graham Garrod (nett 142). Graham had a best of the morning nett 67, and like most of the players in the afternoon found scoring much more difficult as he posted a nett 75. Graham's score was unchallenged until Luke nearly pipped him at the death. Nathan Overton took 3rd place with nett 146, and Gorleston's Ray Thomson took 4th with nett 148. 

Left to Right: Graham Garrod, Martin Scott (Club Captain), & Luke Thompson

Left to Right: Graham Garrod, Martin Scott (Club Captain), & Luke Thompson

Shillings Stars as Suffolk Seniors Reach Final

Suffolk Seniors reach Southern Counties Foursomes Final

Suffolk Seniors were in action at Ely City Golf Club on Tuesday 12th July against Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk in an attempt to reach the finals which this year are to be played at Haverhill Golf Club on Tuesday 27th September.

The morning matches saw Suffolk collect 2.5 points with wins from Steve Mann and Graham Shillings (Rookery Park) and Mark Jackson and Andy Whittaker whilst Nigel Fosker and Giles Oates achieved a halve. Bedfordshire, last year's qualifiers held the lead with 3.5 points.

The afternoon started well with further wins from Mann and Shillings and Jackson and Whittaker both of which were against Bedfordshire. Roger Taylor and Garry Robinson secured a halve.Nigel Fosker and Giles Oates were beaten leaving Captain, Kevin Brooks and Trevor Hellyer to complete their match against the Norfolk pairing of Roger Finney and Michael Horley. Cambridgeshire had finished their matches with a total of 6 points and the Suffolk pair needed to win to force a tie which they did fighting back from 1 down with 4 holes to play to win 1 up.

Brooks and Hellyer had lost their morning match to the Cambridgeshire pairing of Neil Hughes and Terry Ryan by an 8 & 7 margin and were now pitted against them in a play off. The first 2 holes were halved. Hellyer found the green at the 3rd play off hole, the 178 yards par 3 15th, whilst Ryan's shot found the left hand rough from which they took a further 2 shots to get on the green leaving the Suffolk pair 2 putts from 6 feet for victory.

Final placings Suffolk 6 points (won at 3rd extra play off hole) Cambridgeshire 6 points, Bedfordshire 5.5 points, Norfolk 2.5 points

Graham Shillings who partnered Steve Mann to help Suffolk Qualify for the Southern Counties Foursomes Final

Graham Shillings who partnered Steve Mann to help Suffolk Qualify for the Southern Counties Foursomes Final

Thompson is Suffolk Matchplay Champion

Suffolk Golf Union Matchplay Championship Sat 9th & Sunday 10th July 2016

The Suffolk Matchplay Championship was played at Aldeburgh Golf Club over the weekend of the 9/10th July. 

The 16 players due to take part had progressed from the Suffolk Amateur Championship held 4 weeks previously, in view of which the number of late withdrawals was particularly disappointing.

The highlight of the first round was the match between Guy Mummery (Rookery Park) and Tom Wade (Ufford Park) Tom played the opening 9 holes in 30 to take a 6 hole advantage only for Guy to shoot 31 on the back 9 and win the match on the final green. Jasper Johnson was beaten by Woodbridge colleague Philip Ashenden at the 3rd extra hole.

Round 2 saw Chris Duffy (Gorleston) defeat Jamie Jones at the 3rd extra hole with Guy Mummery and Alex Taylor both progressing following 5 & 4 wins over Jed Seeley and Philip Ashenden.. Luke Thompson (Rookery Park), who received a walk over in round 1, defeated last year's champion, Danny Western (Gorleston) 2 & 1.

In the semi-finals Duffy beat Mummery 6 & 5 whilst Thompson achieved a 2 & 1 win over Taylor.

The final was extremely close with Duffy holding a one hole lead at the turn. However, Thompson then won 3 holes in a row and although Duffy managed to win the 17th to take the match down the final hole he was unable to force extra holes.

Pictured left to right, Phil Platten, President Suffolk Golf Union, Luke Thompson, Chris Duffy and Chris Clarke, Captain Aldeburgh Golf Club

Pictured left to right, Phil Platten, President Suffolk Golf Union, Luke Thompson, Chris Duffy and Chris Clarke, Captain Aldeburgh Golf Club

Rookery Success in Gun Hill Cup

Gun Hill Cup Southwold GC Sat 14th May 2016

Junior Organiser Steven Whiteside teamed up with past Captain Billy Groves, and two of the Club's most promising juniors (Conal Downing & Tegan Arlow) at Southwold GC on Saturday. Teams from across Suffolk competed for the trophy, now in its second year. The format for the day was an AM-AM with the three best scores to count on each hole. The winners with 112 were the hosts Southwold, the Rookery Park team finished runners-up helped by scoring 11 points on the par 5 15th hole. 

Rookery Park, runners-up Gun Hill Cup 2016

Rookery Park, runners-up Gun Hill Cup 2016