Long-serving Flaxman’s rich vein of form

Gorleston Golf Club

Finishing runner-up in the previous weekend’s Stableford with 35 points was an indicator of the form long-serving club member Jack Flaxman is currently showing and this was followed in the next Midweek Stableford with a fantastic score of 43 points to sweep to victory in the First Division. Playing off a 13 handicap, Jack recorded 11 pars and a birdie to beat the luckless Angus Smith into second place after the latter had returned 42 points earlier in the day. Winner of the Second Division was Andrew Woodcock recording 37 points.

Last weekend, the always popular Ken Gough Trophies event was held for the male members. The fourball better ball Bogey event attracted an entry of 48 pairs and winners on the day were regular playing partners Dave Henwood and Steve Symonds who finished the round with a score of plus 8 and the pair will formally receive their trophies during the Trophy Presentation Evening in November.

The Ladies Section competed for their Divisional Stableford and Breakthrough Brooch during the week with Jan Parsons winning the First Division with 33 points. Other divisional winners were Gail Chapman in the Second Division with 37 points, while Vonnie Thornton took the Third Division prize with 36 points.

Also in ladies competition, Tanya McGregor added the Flo Hallam Trophy to the West Cup secured earlier in the month in a thrilling final against a determined Jane Wright. Tanya had to give Jane four shots on handicap and managed to pull these back plus one more to stand on the 18th tee one hole up. However, Jane took the final hole and the match went to a sudden-death playoff before Tanya eventually prevailed on the second hole with a par four.

There was more disappointment caused by bad weather for our club representatives on their travels, with husband and wife team Ivan and Heather Harvey travelling to Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire to defend their 1906 Trophy won at Gorleston last year. Persistent heavy rain put paid to any lingering hopes that the event would take place and sadly, players from many parts of the country had to return home after a wasted journey. The tournament, which is open to all clubs formed in the year 1906, will hopefully be re-arranged before the end of the current year.

This coming weekend the Men will be in competition for the Captain’s Trophy in conjunction with the October Monthly Medal.