Junior golfer's hole in one

GORLESTON Golf Club junior member Josh Manser achieved a hole-in-one at the 157 yards 11th hole, using an eight iron whilst playing in the Suffolk Junior Championships sponsored by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, held at Halesworth.

GORLESTON Golf Club junior member Josh Manser achieved a hole-in-one at the 157 yards 11th hole, using an eight iron whilst playing in the Suffolk Junior Championships sponsored by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, held at Halesworth.

This year's event was also a qualifier for the Abu Dhabi Junior Golf Championship, presented by the Daily Telegraph and therefore Josh is in line to receive six dozen Callaway golf balls and plenty of publicity.

Finishing in the top 16 with a gross score of 155 after 36 holes he will now compete in the Junior Match Play Championships at Fynn Valley GC.

Still on a high from the previous day the aspiring junior returned a winning performance in Gorleston's junior medal competition with a lowest gross 76 and subsequently went on to shoot his best round so far when he recorded a 73 net 66 in the Rushmere GC junior open tournament.

His handicap has tumbled from 26 to 6 in a phenomenal 24 months. After competing in some of the best junior events around the county during the summer holidays, Josh will be enrolling at the East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

AS in previous years the role of hosting Gorleston Golf Club's Gentlemen's Invitation Day fell to club vice-captain Howard Kellett.

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Stanley Daniel and Mike Devlin (club captain, Great Yarmouth and Caister GC) won this year's event. Before Mike returned from Kent and joined Caister, the fairways of Gorleston throughout the Seventies were his home club, so he was no stranger in the field of 26 guests to receive invitations to play from Gorleston members.

His partner Stanley was also pleased to renew their foursomes affiliation after gelling at a recent similar event. They quickly amassed 44 points for outright victory in the 18-hole four ball better ball stableford competition, closely followed by Tony Stanley and Tony Palmer (Caister) finishing one behind on 43 points.

Third place went to (after countback) Gorleston's consistent six handicapper Richard Reynolds and his brother Robert with 41 points, whilst Richard's usual foursomes partner Mike Haylett won nearest the pin second shot on the 17th.

Jim Barber (Caister) partnered the

vice-captain and won a prize with his second shot on the 9th.

Don't wait to be invited to play at Gorleston; all sections have a limited number of seven-day memberships available with no joining fee, so next year you could be the inviter.

Caldecott Hall's Captains Festival took place last Sunday with a great turn out. The four captains of Caldecott Hall GC welcomed its members to play in a pairs' betterball competition. The winners were Chris Long and Paul Funnell with a worthy 46 stableford points. Paul said that Chris played out of his skin on the back nine with Chris playing the back nine in level par to the course.

After the prizes were given out the famous Caldecott roulette wheel came out and Phil Williams won an overnight stay for two and two rounds of golf at Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Golf Club.

Results. Captains' Festival, August 9, 64 members took part in a shotgun start.

Prize winners: Booby prize Steve Hatton and Nigel Coburn. Nearest the pin 17th Denise Williams. Nearest the Pin 12th Peter Clements. Nearest the Pin 8th Mark Leggett. Nearest the Pin 4th Brian Cook. Nearest the Bear 16th Maureen Rolt.

1 Chris Long and Paul Funnell 46. 2 John Banham and Christine Osben 43, 3 Stuart Powley and Des Marchant, 42; 4 Julie and Stu Hannant 41 (ocb).

On August 6, the men's senior section at Caldecott Hall Golf Club held their seniors' captain's day. Thirty-eight members, including the club's vice-captain Brian Brister, overcame the hot and sultry conditions to produce some wonderful golf.

Frank McLoughlin, the seniors' captain, said he was overcome by the high turnout and thanked everyone for their support. He also paid tribute to the green staff for the condition of the course and the catering staff.

The winner of the stableford competition was Ken Gracey with 43 points, Paul Rowlands came second with 42 points. Four players scored 40 points but David Stringer, the ex-Norwich City manager, was placed third on countback.

The nearest the pin prizes on both the 4th and 17th were won by David Juler, the Senior Vice-Captain.