Golfers in keen contests

It was 'hold the front page' at Gorleston Golf Club last weekend when club captain and ex-newspaper man Gerry Eagling hosted his Captain's Weekend.The convivial weekend opener of the Mixed Open Texas Scramble team event welcomed visiting players from as far afield as Upminster and Liss along with a number of regular returning teams from around the county.

It was 'hold the front page' at Gorleston Golf Club last weekend when club captain and ex-newspaper man Gerry Eagling hosted his Captain's Weekend.

The convivial weekend opener of the Mixed Open Texas Scramble team event welcomed visiting players from as far afield as Upminster and Liss along with a number of regular returning teams from around the county.

The late afternoon rain did not affect the impressive scoring of two of them (who could only being separated on count-back) from friendly rival club Caldecott Hall. Both had good combinations but one had the edge with the course knowledge of former Gorleston junior member Steve Greatrex in the winning side with John Banham, Mark Leggett and Mike O'Brian for the fourth consecutive year returning a score of net 58.0 which just nudged club mates Kevin Squires, Paul Tillett, Paul Funnell and Peter Clements into second place on net 58.0. Third were home team Alan Crosswell, Reg Cavender, Sam Cavender and Stuart Pearce with a net 58.6.

The male club members came out in force along with the sunshine in support of an 18-hole individual stableford competition.

This year's Captain's Prize was won on countback after a tie with Alex Holmes on 39 points by Bob Barnes. Ten handicapper Bob joined Gorleston 3� years ago and was delighted to add this victory to his numerous successes around the region this year on the seniors' circuit.

Divisions One, Two and Three first place prizes went to Alex Holmes 39 points, Angus Smith 36 points and Eric Barnes 33 points (on countback.)

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Some extremely good scores were carded in the afternoon Mixed Foursomes competition won by Val and Reg Cadmore on 43 points.

The captain's nominated charity of Palliative Care East received a huge boost over the weekend due to the sterling work of Mary Cooper and Gerry's wife Jean and daughter Tracey in raising �700 from raffle ticket sales and the generous donation of �500 by Peter Bullent from proceeds collected on his Builders Day.

The captain congratulated prize winners and thanked everyone who organised and participated in any of the competitions held over his weekend which ended with a formal dinner in the clubhouse restaurant, attended by 60 invited players, friends and family. In all 201 players competed over the weekend.

Caldecott Seniors met the clubs' junior team in the inaugural annual match for the Ann and Frank Shield.

Playing some wonderful and skilful golf the juniors deservedly won the match by four games to two.

Frank McLoughlin the seniors' captain congratulated the juniors on their victory and said the result showed that the future of the club was in safe hands.

He believed that young people entering and learning the disciplines of sport made it less likely they would become involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

Young people wishing to play golf at Caldecott Hall should contact Mark Tungate the clubs' professional on 01493 488488.