Gorleston golf limelight for junior Jamie

In a week which saw many different groups of Gorleston golfers engaged in competitions, junior Jamie Bool took the chance for some of the limelight by winning the George Willard Trophy Medal competition held for the club’s juniors on Monday. A nett score of 71 including a crucial birdie at the 17th hole was just enough to beat runner-up Callum Crane by a single stroke. The late George Willard was the resident Club Professional for nearly two decades from 1960 and played an important part in the development of the club and its junior membership.

Four members who started as juniors at Gorleston many years ago came together on Saturday in Club Captain Glen Harman’s first event of his weekend, the Texas Scramble. The group comprising Geraint Amos, Chris Duffy, Alex Holmes and Kevin Woods are now very formidable golfers and lived up to their pre-competition favourites status by recording a nett score of 55.1 to claim victory ahead of Glen Harman’s own group who had to settle for the runners-up spot.

Saturday’s scramble was followed by a Men’s Greensome Stableford on Sunday morning which was won by regular weekend competitors Justin Punt and Howard Garner who recorded an excellent 44 points, beating the pairings of Daniel Blatchford & Alex Reid and Colin Cairns & Sid Long by a single point.

Regrettably thunder and lightning caused the cancellation of the afternoon Mixed Greensome which has been re-arranged for 25th August.

David James and James Chadd made further progress in the HowDidiDo National Pairs Championship, beating the Rookery Park pairing of Steve Coften and Nathan Wilkinson by 4 & 3 and now have to travel to west Norfolk to play the Middleton Hall pairing of Chris Bamfield and Adam Garford.

Alex Holmes achieved a hole-in-one on the 4th last week while playing in a friendly game with Chris Duffy and Stephen Crosby. Despite several aces at other courses, this was a first at Gorleston for Alex, who travelled to Scotland at the weekend to compete in the next two EuroPro Tour events in the Glasgow area.

Three Gorleston players had some success in Rookery Park’s premier event The Fishing Smack Trophy and Silver Jubilee Scratch Cup as Chris Duffy finished third in the scratch event with rounds of 72 and 77, whilst Danny Western had the best afternoon scratch score of 72 and Stephen Crosby picked up the third scratch prize of the morning with a round of 75.

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Unusually this year the Ladies have been starved of success this week with the Suffolk Shield team being defeated on home soil by Felixstowe Ferry in the semi-final of the competition.

One important date the Ladies do have to look forward to is Saturday 18th August when they travel to St Neots for their eighth round Mail on Sunday Classic match. Hopefully as many members as possible will be able to make the journey to cheer on the team as they attempt to qualify for the quarter finals in Manchester.

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.