Focus on the golf courses

GOLF: The fifth Memorial Golf Day took place at Gorleston Golf Club in memory of local businessman Bob Downing of Maritech Consultants Ltd, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, also celebrating their 50th year.

Some 70 golfers took to the course with a further 40 guests enjoying an evening meal with auction and raffle, supported by many local companies.

Bob’s son Oliver and brother Alan awarded the trophies to the team winners HSBC Bank, who retained the winners’ shield from last year.

This year’s event raised an amazing �14,200 (see presentation picture), taking the overall total to a staggering �60,000 from the five golf days held.

At Gorleston Golf Club, two excellent rounds from James Chadd on Sunday in the Sir John Drughorn Trophy brought double success in both the handicap event with a score of 134 for two rounds and in the Albert Botton Scratch Cup with a level par total of 142.

He became the 2011 Club Champion by a two-stroke margin from runner-up Geraint Amos. James will look forward to an invitation to next year’s National Open Club Champions event at Welwyn Garden City.

Winner of the Open Scratch Cup by one stroke was Bury St Edmunds player Ben Coleman whose superb round of 68 in the afternoon was sufficient to deny James a triple haul of silverware.

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Club participation in the Daily Mail Foursomes national competition came to an end when Danny Perring and Danny Western were unable to replicate the form which took them to round five. They went down at the first hole of a sudden death play-off to Royal Cromer’s Will Woodrow and Ian Hogg.

Five club members competed at Sprowston Manor on Saturday in the pre-qualifier for the Trilby Tour. The winner was Patrick Goffin with 41 Stableford points. Also figuring on the leaderboard were Graham Leach in third place and Dave Henwood in sixth. Patrick goes forward to play in the regional qualifier on the same course.

Great Yarmouth & Caister: The President’s Putter was contested by 70 but no one could live with the wonder putting of Rodney Beckett, one of the younger senior members. His 43 stableford points, due in the main to his outstanding putting, were just good enough to pip junior member Lloyd Warner in second place with 42 points and Billy Humphreys with 39 points.

On Saturday, members crawled out of bed for the 4.30am start of the annual Early Bird competition. The eventual bright sparks were the team of James Ollington, Paul Ollington, Jonathan Soar and Nicholas Hunt. The round finished with a well-earned breakfast.