Larkin Cup Success for Greg & Alan

Larkin Cup Sunday 23rd July 2017

Sunday's Larkin Cup was again a very close competition with three players tied on nett 69, Greg Smart-Burgess edged Alan Bidwell & Karl Bowler on the back 9 for victory. Alan made up for the disappointment in missing out on victory by holing his tee shot on the par 3 9th, well done Alan. Fourth place went to Richard Boon with a nett 70, Richard edged 5th place Jon Symon on a count back.

George & Rees take Brancaster Prize

Royal West Norfolk Ladie Open Wed 5th July 2017

 Jayne George and Hannah Rees were in the field of 30 pairs in the Royal West Norfolk Ladies Open on Wednesday 5th July. Ladies from across East Anglia took part, playing Foursomes Stableford on a challenging course.

  When the ladies registered and were given their card, the organiser wished them "Good Luck" round this course with just 9 shots! Fortunately they did have good luck and came in with 41 points three points clear of second place.

Left to Right: Hannah Rees & Jayne George

Left to Right: Hannah Rees & Jayne George

Holmes stars in Ladies Closed Meeting

Ladies Closed Meeting Tuesday 27th June 2017

A stunning nett 64 gave Kathy Holmes a 7 shot victory in division 3 of the Ladies Closed Championship. Lyn Lay also produced her best golf of the year to secure 2nd place in division3 with a nett 71. Kathy also cut her handicap by four shots from 30 to 26 in the process. Divisions 1 and 2 were much contests, with Judy Taylor edging Veronica Dawson in division 1 on a count back after both ladies returned nett 76's. In division 2 Jenny Ives also won on a count back, edging Petronella Wright after both returned nett 77's.

Judy Taylor also picked up the lowest gross prize (84)

Kathy Holmes

Kathy Holmes

Club Championship & Millennium Bowl

Club Championship & Millennium Bowl Sunday 25th June

With conditions just about perfect for 36 holes of golf, 49 players did battle in the Rookery Park Golf Club Club Championship on Sunday. The morning 18 showed that honesty and integrity are golfs defining qualities, as Luke Thompson (one of the favourites) called a penalty on himself after discovering he had 15 clubs in his bag. Luke put the 2 stroke penalty behind him to record a gross 75 and trail Calvin Sherwood by 3 shots and Graeme Brown by 1 shot. The afternoon round was basically a shoot out between Luke and Calvin, as Graeme could not maintain his form in a round of 80. Calvin gained the initiative with a birdie at the 1st in the afternoon to stretch his lead to 4 however a tiple bogey 7 on the 6th for Calvin reduced the deficit to 1. Luke birdied the par 5 7th to draw level showing all his renouned fighting spirit. A par for Calvin on the 8th to Luke's bogey saw Calvin take a one shot lead going into the back 9. Calvin then showed the form  of the previous day's Stenson team victory, with three birdies on the spin (10, 11, & 12) to put the contest beyong Luke. 2 late bogies on 13 and 18 did not prevent Calvin from lifting the Club Championship Trophy with a score of 145 to Luke's 148. Graeme Brown held on for third with a score of 154.

In the Millennium Bowl (Handicap), Andy Hetherington produced the round of his life in the morning to come in with a stunning nett 64, to lead Graeme Brown  by 5 shots. Kevin Fitzgerald was handily placed after his nett 70. In the afternoon, Andy managed to keep his composure to record a nett 74 in the afternoon, to give him a 2 shot victory (nett 138) over Kevin who matched his morning nett 70 in the afternoon. Third place in the Millennium Bowl went to Ian Foxton, with 2 rounds of nett 71.

A big thank you to John Pawsey and Jim Braniff for acting as starters, and to Mick Varley for his help in running the scoring desk.

Left to Right: Calvin Sherwood, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain), & Andy Hetherington

Left to Right: Calvin Sherwood, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain), & Andy Hetherington

High Scoring Mixed Open

Rookery Park GC Mixed Open

The recent Mixed Open was well supported and saw some high scoring. The winners were Mike Draper & Becky Draper from Diss with 46 Pts, they edged Mike Gamble & Mary Gamble from Bawburgh on a count back. The prize for the best Rookery Park pair for the second year in a row went to Jim and Lorna Stather with another fantastic score of 47 Pts.

Jim & Lorna Stather 

Jim & Lorna Stather 

Thursday League Teams Keep up the Pressure

Norfolk & Suffolk Golf League (Thursday League)

The Club's A & B teams are nicely positioned after 8 matches in this year's Thursday League. The 'A' team (Trawlermen) are in 3rd place, only 2 points off joint leaders Caldecott 'B' & Bungay following a 3 - 2 victory over the Caldecott 'B' team last Thursday. The Club's 'B' team (Rebels) are in 5th place only 3.5 points off the joint leaders.

Penney produces stunning performance to win Sunday Stableford

June Sunday Stableford

With tha Hambro team away at Bungay, a Gent's Optional Stableford was put on for those that wanted a competitive game of golf on Sunday morning. There was some high quality golf played, in particular from Mike Penney as he came home in a 3 under par 33 (25 Pts) to score 42 points overall and win the competition by one point. Runner-up with 41 Pts was Dave Brown, his back 9 of 23 Pts was enough to beat Matt Freeman on a count back.

Mike Penney: Winner of the June Sunday Stableford

Mike Penney: Winner of the June Sunday Stableford

Hambro Team unable to cope with the heat

Suffolk Golf Union Hambro Cup Round 2 Sunday 18th June

On a sweltering day at Bungay & Waveney Valley GC, where temperatures on the hottest day of the year reached over 32 degrees, the Club's Hambro team put up a great fight against their close neighbours from Bungay.

The Bungay team, including their new scratch member Alex Taylor made home advantage count in the morning, as they finished 9 up. In the afternoon the Rookery team of Jon Fisher & Kasey Bailey, Dwayne Barber & Andy Coleman, Graham Garrod & Craig Bloodworth, & Ian Foxton & James Nolloth, got to grips with the conditions and made the match much closer than the overall result of 14 down suggests. 

The Bungay team now face Gorleston the 1/4 finals.


Lambo Elbow Win RPGC AM-AM

Rookery Park Golf Club AM-AM Friday 16th June 2017

A high quality Rookery Park AM-AM competition was won by the 'Lambo Elbow' team of Martin Scott, Gordon MAclean, Paul Perry, & Graeme Brown. Their score of 122 points was just enough the beat runners-up 'Geoff's Boy's' team of Geoff Edwards, David Porter, Colin Cook, and Paul Harrison on a count back. 12 teams took part on a lovely sunny day, with visitors coming from Eaton, Links (Newmarket), and even Dubai to take part. The course was well presented and players enjoyed coffee/bacon roll on arrival, as well as a filling buffet after play as part of the £25 per player entry fee. 

The third and final main prize went to team 'Fosters' of Gary Flatt, Trevor Hook, Ian Howlett, & Kevin Roe. Nearest the pin prizes went to Gerry Hardiman (9th) Mark Canham (14th & 16th)

Left to Right: Gordon Maclean, Graeme Brown, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain), Paul Perry, & Martin Scott

Left to Right: Gordon Maclean, Graeme Brown, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain), Paul Perry, & Martin Scott

Big win for Julia in Rosalie Emerson Cup

Rosalie Emerson Cup Tuesday 13th June 2017

Julia Calver was not put off by the work being carried out on the greens, as she stormed to victory in the Rosalie Emerson Cup on Tuesday. Her score of 38 Pts was 6 clear of runner-up Frieda Waldron. Margaret Talbot took the division 2 prize also scoring 32 Pts

Julia Calver: Winner Rosalie Emerson Cup 2017

Julia Calver: Winner Rosalie Emerson Cup 2017

Lowe wins Lewis Lemon Cup in tough conditions

Ladies Lewis Lemon Cup

As often happens on a Tuesday, wet & windy conditions greeted the ladies as they went out for the Lewis Lemon Cup. Debra Lowe managed to cope with the conditions as she returned an excellent nett 78 to win the competition. Runner-up with a nett 79 was Carole Bostock. Carole had the consolation of picking up the division 1 first prize. In division Carol Brown with a nett 80 finished runner-up to Debra.

Debra Lowe: Winner Lewis Lemon Cup

Debra Lowe: Winner Lewis Lemon Cup



Hogg wins Quality Marshall Cup

Marshall Cup Sunday 11th June 2017

After helping the Club to win the Tolly Cobbold Cup last year, James Hogg's golf has got better and better. On Sunday James won the Marshall Cup by the narrowest of margins, on a count back from another in-form player Craig Bloodworth. Both players recorded nett 67's, but it was James' inward 9 of gross 38 that gave him the victory. A welcome return to form saw Martin Scott pick up 3rd place with a nett 69, closely followed by 4th place Paul Gardiner & 5th place Ian Howlett who both returned nett 70's. Simon Goldsmith in 6th just missed out on a prize however, Simon has the consolation of becoming joint leader in the Club's Order of Merit competition.

James & Craig both reduced their handicaps on a day of good scoring as 9 players scored par or better.

James Hogg: Marshall Cup Winner 2017

James Hogg: Marshall Cup Winner 2017

Soloman's Super Saturday

Gent's June Saturday Stableford

At the start of the 2017 Paul Soloman set himself three goals that he felt were realistic (to break 80, to birdie the 8th, and to get an eagle on any hole), in last month's May Saturday Stableford Paul birdied the 8th, and on Saturday he broke 80 for the first time in recording a superb 41 Pts to win division 1 of the June Saturday Stableford. Everything was looking good for Paul with two holes left to play he just needed to finish 5, 5 for a 79. Disaster struck on the 17th as Paul missed the green for 2, chipped on but three putted for a 6. Two steady shots up the 18th saw Paul in a great position to get close in 3, however with the nerves jangling Paul's chip only reached the collar of the green leaving himself a 30 foot putt for an unlikely birdie. With his playing partners looking on Paul stroked home a lovely birdie putt and a gross 79. Anyone watching would have thought he had won the US Open like Hale Irwin all those years ago, when he holed a monster 45 foot putt to force a play-off (which he won) and ran round the 18th green high fiving all the spectators!!. 2nd place in division 1 was Colin Cook (38 Pts). Division 2 was a much closer contest, Julian (Jules) Emeny scoring 37 Pts to beat Richard Utton by a point.

Paul Soloman: Winner of Division 1 June Saturday Stableford

Paul Soloman: Winner of Division 1 June Saturday Stableford

President's Cup

President's Cup Sunday 4th June 2017

On a lovely sunny Sunday morning 108 golfers took part in Pat Barton's President Cup competition, Pat's wife Beverly, had been busy all week making her famous sausage rolls for golfers to taste when then came off the 18th or 9th greens. The excellent snacks were conducive to some excellent golf, as Guy Mummery & Jack Blowers produced a superb round of 45 Pts (gross 67) to win by one point. Runners-up with 44 Pts on a count back were Dave Brown & Scott Randall, they edged Alan Soanes & Mike Penney with a better back 9 of 25 Pts. 

Nearest the Pin prizes went to Barry Eastaugh (3rd in 2), Lee Humphreys (9th), and Tom Pettifer (14th)

In a change to usual format, players enjoyed a lovely hot buffet before the presentation of the prizes and trophy to the winners.

Left to Right: Guy Mummery, Pat Barton (President), & Jack Blowers

Left to Right: Guy Mummery, Pat Barton (President), & Jack Blowers

Henderson Takes Stevens Challenge Cup & Retakes Lead in Order of Merit

Stevens Challenge Cup Sunday 21st May

Head Greenkeeper Mark Henderson continued his recent run of good form by winning the Stevens Challenge Cup. His score of nett 68 was 2 clear of runner-up Simon Goldsmith, who edged Tom Jermy on a count back. 4th place also on a count back with nett 70 was Ian Mace, Ian edged Martin McColgan into 5th place.

In the Club's Order of Merit competition, Mark Henderson leads Simon Goldsmith after three events. Points are awarded for the best three gross scores in the Club's major medal competitions. Points are awarded for the best 6 gross scores in the Club Championship & Jubilee Cup competitions.

Hannah & Zoe take Ladies Club Championship Prizes

Rookery Park Golf Club Ladies Club Championship 2017

Hannah Rees added to her already impressive number of Ladies Club Championship successes, with victory number 16 on Tuesday, Hannah's 36 hole total of 152 (4 over par gross) was 17 shots clear of runner-up Judy Taylor. Zoe Schofield competing in her first Club Championship toook the handicap prize with her score of nett 149, runner-up was Veronica Dawson (nett 153).

The Division 1 (up to 25 hcp) prize went to Frieda Waldron, with Margaret Talbot picking up the Division 2 prize. (Ladies can only win one prize).

Left to Right: Hannah Rees, Rita mayn (Lady Captain), & Zoe Schofield

Left to Right: Hannah Rees, Rita mayn (Lady Captain), & Zoe Schofield



Swann coasts to success in Lowestoft Challenge Cup

Lowestoft Challenge Cup

Bryan Swann coasted to victory in the Lowestoft Challenge Cup on Sunday 7th May, his impressive score of nett 66 was three clear of Simon West (nett 69). Third place went to Junior Captain Conal Downing (nett 70), Conal edged Julian Peak into fourth place on a count back. The fifth and final prize went to Trevor Gooch (nett 71).

Foxton & Nolloth bow out of Daily Mail Foursomes

Daily Mail Foursomes 3rd Round

James Nolloth & Ian Foxton the Club's representatives in the gent's Daily Mail Foursomes, went down by 4 & 2 away at Great Yarmouth & Caister GC on Tuesday 9th May. Ian & James were surprised when PDC darts start Mervyn King (world number 20 & number 17 on the PDC pro tour) was one of their opponents, along with ex-senior golf professional Barry Wortley. As well as having home advantage, Mervyn & Barry received two shots making the Rookery pair's job even harder. Despite a valliant effort, Ian & James could not progress into the 4th round. According to James, Mervyn was 'a genuinely nice chap and good company' who drove and putted very well. 

Suffolk Junior Team Championship

Suffolk Junior Team Championship 2nd Round

The Club's juniors progressed into the 3rd round of the Suffolk Golf Union Junior Team Championship, following a convincing 109 - 95 win over a strong Flempton side. The Rookery team of Conal Downing, Ben Newman & Jarred Lansdale performed solidly against an experienced Flempton side containing 2 Suffolk U'18 players. 

The team have been given another home tie in round three against Ipswich, who overcome Diss in their 2nd round tie.

The Rookery Park & Flempton Juniors line up before their 2nd round tie.

The Rookery Park & Flempton Juniors line up before their 2nd round tie.

Father & Son Combination wins the Fred Turrell Foursomes

Fred Turrell Foursomes Sunday 30th April 2017

Father and son combination of Roger & Richard Boon made up for just missing out on the Family Greensome Trophy, by winning the the Fred Turrell Foursomes Trophy. On a day when the majority of the field found scoring difficult, Roger & Richard fought of the defending champions Jon Fisher & Paul Soloman and Roger Hutton & Glen Kemp to win on a count back, all three pairs scored 36 Pts. Fourth place went to the in-form Geoff Edwards and Paul Harrison, with another in-form player Gerry Hardiman picking up fifth place with Keith Shales.