Platten’s new best lands Mobbs Trophy

Gorleston Golf Club

Male members responded to the long-awaited fine weather by making up a large entry of 108 competing for the David Mobbs Trophy Stableford on Sunday.

Good scores reflected the fine conditions and none more so than Paul Platten who quietly amassed 24 points in his opening nine holes to build an ideal foundation to finish with an overall score of 44 points which for Paul was a personal best and resulted in a two stroke handicap reduction from eight to six, winning the trophy and Division One of the Stableford. Other divisional winners were Kyle Brooks in Division Two with 42 points and Steven Blake in Division Three with 44 points.

In the Midweek Stableford, well supported as usual with 93 competitors, Troy Blackwell took the first division prize with 43 points but the round of the day was in the second division where Mark Allen accumulated 44 points.

The juniors were in action on Monday with a Summer Stableford competition, won by Jamie Bool with 28 points with brothers Kasey and Jake Bailey in second and third.

Ladies Captain Chris Knappett hosted the Ladies’ Captain’s Summer Open in midweek and was delighted with a field of 72 players representing teams from 11 visiting clubs with seven teams of home ladies.

With a format of aggregate Stableford points from all four team members, the visitors’ prize went to the Ladies of Dereham Golf Club who scored a very creditable 133 points with Caldecott Hall runners-up with 127 points. The home winners were Myra Lane, Jackie Walsh, Sue Smith and June Elliot with their score of 129 points. The Ladies’ Captain was extremely grateful for the support and superb demonstrations provided by Palmers of Great Yarmouth, especially the Clarins and Viyella C & C Departments, together with donations for the raffle from club professional Nick Brown and club captain Glen Harman which raised �281 for the club captain’s charities.

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Spirit in the Ladies Section could not be higher at present and they will be looking forward to the eighth round tie in the Mail on Sunday Classic where the team have been drawn away at St Neots in a match which has to be played by 19th August.

This weekend Glen Harman hosts the annual Captain’s weekend with three events.

On Saturday there will be a Texas Scramble, with the Men playing a Greensome Stableford on Sunday morning, followed by a Mixed Greensome in the afternoon.

Stephen Crosby, Danny Western, James Chadd, Chris Duffy, Lee Ingledew and Glen Jermy will be missing however, as they will be at Rookery Park aiming to win the Fishing Smack Trophy and Jubilee Cup and follow in the footsteps of last year’s Gorleston winner Chris Reynolds.

Yarmouth and Caister GC

A large field contested one of the major competitions at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club. The Blackheath Medal (Scratch) prize went to Steve Greatrex with a Gross 73. This medal was first presented by Blackheath members in 1893. At the same time The Hughes Silver Iron was presented and this year’s winner of the handicap event was Graham Carman with a very commendable net 67. This was Graham’s first win of the year.