Golden moment for Lee at Gorleston

The Beaumont Trophy team: From left Andy Kirk, Ivan Harvey, Phil Evans, Jim Scott, Roger Cook, Ed

The Beaumont Trophy team: From left Andy Kirk, Ivan Harvey, Phil Evans, Jim Scott, Roger Cook, Ed Ogles, Mel Walsh, Jim Woodhouse, Carl Ford and David Brookes. Team shirts sponsored by AB Computers. - Credit: Archant

With the competition year at Gorleston Golf Club already in full swing, it’s congratulations to Lee Chapman for an excellent performance to lift the Golden Jubilee Cup Mixed Medal with a round of 75 nett 70 in very difficult and blustery conditions.

Andrew Podd was Lee’s nearest challenger after a nett 72 earlier in the day.

Sixty competitors battled against the elements in the May Monthly Medal and Millichamp Trophy. Many found conditions far from ideal, as the scores proved, although Kevin Woods’ score of 75, nett 70 was good enough to win both the Millichamp Trophy and Division One of the Medal.

Division Two was won by Adrian Price with a nett 75, while Geoff Hall took the Third Division honours, courtesy of a nett 71.

To complete the quickfire hat-trick of club trophies, this year’s Centenary Cup did not enjoy the usual level of support due in part to the inclement weather and the Monday play date for the competition which is played on the same date of May 12 each year to coincide with the club’s inception in 1906. However, an excellent round of 68, nett 63 from the in-form Kevin Woods made sure he left the rest struggling in his wake and collected his second trophy in as many days.

The Ladies’ fine run in the Mail on Sunday Classic came to an end at the hands of Royal Cromer, although they gave their hosts a scare, eventually losing by the slender 3-2 margin, with excellent performances from Jan Parsons and Heather Harvey, both of whom have gone through the four matches with 100pc records.

The very next day saw the demise of the Senior’s Beaumont team, who had the unenviable task of travelling to the picturesque course of Brett Vale, south of Ipswich, for their first match. Although their hosts made everyone feel welcome, their hospitality did not extend to the golf course as they gave Gorleston a sound beating by 15 holes in the fourball better ball matchplay format.

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A smaller than usual field of 21 players competed in the Ladies Divisional Medal due to many competing in or spectating at the Mail on Sunday match at Royal Cromer, although there was no shortage of excitement as Jackie Walsh won Division One with a nett 73, separated from both Maureen Duckett and Sue Smith after a countback.

Wendy Atkinson won the Second Division with a score of nett 77. Also lacking in numbers, this time because of foul weather later in the day, was the Midweek Stableford which still attracted 65 players, although there was a good deal of quality about the winners’ scores with Darren Hellary winning Division One with 40 points, only to see Mick Soards return a best of the day 42 points to win the Second Division.