Carter’s performance fit for a King

Gorleston Golf Club

In unusually fine weather conditions and with the course in excellent condition, an exceptional round of golf was likely to be needed by one of the men competing for the Malcolm King Vase held in conjunction with the August Monthly Medal.

That round belonged to 18 handicapper Greg Carter who recorded a superb nett 65 to win the main event and book his place at the annual trophy presentation evening later in the year.

A degree of sympathy went however to Matthew Bowles who, playing off a handicap of 23 recorded a nett 62 on the day but with the maximum handicap allowance for the Vase contest being 18, he had to settle for the runners-up spot but with the consolation of securing the division three winners prize.

Division One winner in the Medal competition was Eddie Reid who posted a fine nett 68.

Also booking their seats for the prize winners’ evening last Sunday were Lee Chapman and playing partner Pauline Phillips who secured victory in the Mixed Foursomes Knockout at the final hole over David James and Tanya McGregor.

David and Tanya had to concede seven shots on handicap to their opponents but nevertheless held the lead until the 13th hole when the eventual winners clawed their way back to level.

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The match remained level until the final hole when the losing pair struggled to get their ball out of a bunker with Lee and Pauline making par to secure victory.

Sadly the Ladies team made an exit from this year’s Stearn Trophy at the quarter final stage away at Rushmere, with the home side securing a two matches to one victory.

Men’s Invitation Day on Saturday saw a second win this year for the combination of Gorleston member Mark Morgan with guest John Eason from Bungay.

Earlier in the season, the pair had won the Bungay Invitational and 40 points in the Gorleston event was enough to secure victory again.

A recent Ladies friendly at Diss resulted in a defeat for Gorleston by 3� - �, although Team Captain Rosemary Woodhouse had given an opportunity to our Ladies that are not usually selected for representative golf to enjoy a team event for the first time.

Twenty pairs competed for this year’s Lifeboat Mixed Foursomes with victory going to siblings Philippa and Graham Price who combined well to score 42 points with the event raising �100 for the RNLI.

Three members of the club travelled to Hertfordshire this week to compete in separate competitions.

For club champion James Chadd it was a trip to Welwyn Garden City to represent Gorleston in the Sir Nick Faldo Commemoration Jug competition where the field comprised 66 club champions and past winners of the Jug. Two rounds of 79 left James in the middle of the pack but, nevertheless, James found the overall experience rewarding.

Lady members Rosemary Woodhouse and Terrie Collingwood travelled to Brookmans Park Golf Club the previous day as the club’s representatives in the English Women’s Golf Association Regional Final of the Australian Spoons national competition. This was the ladies’ maiden visit to the course and therefore they should not be too disappointed with their 27 points, also for a mid-table finish. In the Thursday League Millennium Cup knockout, Gorleston’s men eased their way into the semi-final with a three matches to two victory over Caldecott Hall A at the neutral venue of Rookery Park and this week meet Rookery Park B at Bungay with the reward of a final place awaiting the winners.