Joint winners in PGA better ball 

Left: Suffolk Vice President, Andrew Sleath with joint winners Tony Dobson, partner Brad Wilkins was unavailable, James Peasey & Patrick Spraggs.

There were joint winners of the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Cup, the Suffolk PGA better ball competition played before the annual meeting at Felixstowe Ferry. Twelve temporary greens were in operation following heavy rain for the previous two days. It was cold and wet.

Stonham Barns pair, Tony Dobson and Bradley Wilkins, shared first prize with James Peasey and Patrick Spraggs of Woodbridge with a score of eight under par 64.
Third place went to  Felixstowe Ferry’s Robert Joyce and Peter Latimer with 66.
Other scores were:
67: Keith Preston and Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh); Ollie Rush (Haverhill) and Tim Cooper (Newton Green); Stuart Robertson and Dan Skriabin (Ufford Park).
70: Rob Pritchard (Cretingham) and Richard Davies (Halesworth); Joe Cardy and Phil Westley (Hintlesham).
72: Kevin Vince (Rushmere) and Alastair Spink (Fynn Valley); Frank Hill and Chris Oldrey (Thorpeness).








Matt Ransome is

the new pro at


Twenty-eight year old Matt Ransome is settling in as head professional at Waldringfield Golf Club. He completed his PGA training under Simon Jay at Seckford Golf Club and spent eight years  as an assistant at that club. He is pictured (right) with Waldringfield secretary Ashley Boother



Travelling the world with trick shots
Kevin Carpenter, pictured far left with Geoff Swain, based at Hintlesham Golf Club, travels he world with his KC Golf Show. Often he teams up with Geoff Swain when the double act is known as The Golf Trick Shot Boys. They are sponsored by Titleist and Footjoy. Swain was trick-shot champion when the event was staged some years ago.
They have just returned from Oman where the two of them performed at Almouj Golf Club at Muscat which hosted the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand final in which the top 15, in a field of 45, secured European our playing rights for 2016.
Names from the United Kingdom who now have European Tour playing rights are Gary Boyd and Callum Shinkwin (England), Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary (Scotland) and Rhys Davies (Wales).
At the weekend he was on his own at the London Golf Show at Glow Bluewater when he did seven shows in three days.
Later this month he and Geoff Swain are off to Mexico for the Audi Quattro World finals at the stunning seaside venue of Los Cabos between November 26 and December 5.
This event, now in its 25th year, has qualifiers from 53 countries and claims to be the largest amateur tournament in the world.
Looking ahead to the New Year the double act will be at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates followed by the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha. Both are PGA European Tour events.
Last February the two of them gave shows at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at Scottsdale won by Brooks Koepka.
Then in April it was off to Shanghai for the Volvo China Open, another European Tour event, won by Ashan Wu with David Howell as runner-up.
He certainly sees the world. He has also been to Poland, Bahrain, India, Belgium and Dubai.
He took up golf at the age of 12 and joined Colchester golf Club as a junior when he was 13. He was given a handicap of 28 but a round of 81 left him 17 under par in his first competition.
He started his PGA training at Chelmsford Golf Club under Dennis Bailey and completed it at Gleneagles with Greg Schofield.
His next task was to set up a teaching academy at the Riffa Golf Club in Bahrain before being appointed as head professional at Celtic Manor in South Wales.
While there he shared coaching ideas with Butch Harmon and wrote articles in Today’s Golfer. He also saw a trick-shot show in 2005 and saw no reason why, with practice, he could not improve on it.
Despite his tremendous reputation with trick shots, which are amazing, he is also still in demand for his coaching.
He has given shows, many for charity, at a long list of venues in the United Kingdom as well as abroad.
Carpenter was awarded the Toby Sunderland PGA award for his charity work which also included running in the London Marathon last year.
In recent years he has visited Rushmere Golf Club in aid of Kim Jansson, the Ipswich Witches’ speedway rider who was badly injured.  Carpenter has always been a keen speedway fan.
Both Trick Shot Boys are fans of West Ham United. Last March they gave a show on the Hammers’ training ground for players and back room staff after which they joined the squad for lunch. Sam Allardyce, then the manager, invited them to watch a 1-1 draw with Stoke City from the directors’ box when they sat next to Sir Trevor Brooking.
Other United Kingdom venues where he has given his show include: Colchester Golf Club (farewell event for retiring head professional Mark Angel), Foxhills (Seve Ballesteros Foundation), Hintlesham (Marie Curie Golf Day and Ipswich Town FC Golf Day), Woburn (Ian Poulter Junior Invitational) which is often attended by Suffolk youngsters, Liam Hansey of Bungay was among them this year.
He has been to Celtic Manor for four corporate days. His show has also been seen at Aldeburgh, Hillside, Wentworth, Thorndon Park and RHS Holbrook. Maintaining the football club theme, he was at the Great North Golf Show at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.



Jon Markham signs up Alex


Alex Davey, pictured left, who has played for 

Stowmarket in Hambro Cup and Stenson

Shield matches, has started his three-year PGA

training at his home club under head

professional Jon Markham.













Pritchard’s day at Hintlesham


Rob Pritchard, of Cretingham, left, pictured with Suffolk PGA President, Mr. Dell Bower,  won the Dell Bower pro-am at Hintlesham with a round of 69 that included five birdies and two dropped shots. Jason Levermore (Channels) was runner-up one shot behind.

Other leading scores were: 71: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley), Andrew Collison (Bungay). 72: Joe Cardy (Hintlesham). 76: Ollie Rush (Haverhill), Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh). 77: Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range). 78: Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge), Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park), Richard Davies (Halesworth).
Reeve brought home the winning Aldeburgh team with Robert Palmer, James Ollington and Matt Stolls with 84 points. Runners-up with 82 points were teams supported by Jason Levermore, with third place going to Chris Smith with 81 points.








Neil Mitchell, right (Bury Golf Range) won the Suffolk PGA Chauffeur Services Cup for the third successive year. He beat Simon Reeve of Aldeburgh in a well contested final at Flempton.
They were level at the turn with both players at two under par. The first six holes were halved in par. Mitchell went ahead at the seventh but Reeve birdied the eighth.
Reeve took the lead before Mitchell produced successive birdies on the 13th and 14th to go one up.
Reeve, whose accurate putting had bene a feature of his game, then missed a short one at the 15th which would have put him level again.
The 16th was a disaster for Reeve. His drive ended just out of bounds on the left so Mitchell was dormie two. He closed the match out by halving the 17th.
In the semi-finals Mitchell’s short game proved too strong for Jon Markham of Stowmarket whom he beat 4 and 3.
In the other semi-final Reeve, three down with four to play against Ben Kerr (formerly West Suffolk Golf Centre and now Bourn).
Reeve won the 16th after Kerr dropped a shot, birdied the 17th and won the 18th to take the match to sudden death.
On the first extra hole Kerr’s needed a penalty drop after a wayward drive to the left. Reeve then sunk a long putt to clinch victory.
The Flempton course was in great condition, the turf on the fairways being perhaps the best in the Eastern Counties.


Halesworth win for Spraggs

Patrick Spraggs of Woodbridge won the inaugural Suffolk PGA Royal Oak Laxfield pro-am played in wet conditions at Halesworth. His round of one under par 71 beat Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) by one and Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) by two.
Other leading professional scores were: 76: Bradley Wilkins (Stonham Barns), Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall). 80: Tim Cooper (Newton Green), James Markham (Aldeburgh) and Phil Westley (Hintlesham).
Latimer, who brought home the winning team, and Mitchell were both one under at the turn with Spraggs level par. Birdies at holes 13, 14 and 15 left Spraggs in control.




Smith wins his third Suffolk PGA match play title

Chris Smith, pictured right, of Fynn Valley won the Suffolk PGA match play title for the third time in his career. His previous successes came in 2009 and 2011.

He beat Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range one up in a quality final at Thorpeness. Smith was one up with two to play. The 17th was halved with birdies and both players had a par on the last. “I always enjoy playing at Thorpeness,” said Smith. “I wish every event took place there!”

Mitchell, a regular on the PGA in England East order of merit events, three-putted three times midway through the match.

Smith had an even closer match in the semi-final when he beat Tim Cooper of Newton Green with a birdie at the first extra hole. “I took a driver off the tee and a gap wedge from 80 yards left me with a 15-foot putt.

“Tim had a birdie putt from some 35 feet which he left short. I sunk mine to win a very tight match. I was two down after seven but we both played well on the back nine,” said Smith.

In the other semi-final Mitchell beat Bradley Wilkins 5 and 3. Wilkins took control midway through the round with a run of eagle, birdie, eagle at holes nine, 10 and 11.

In the first round Smith beat Ben Kerr, who has moved from West Suffolk Golf Centre at Mildenhall to be a teaching professional at Bourn which means that he is now a member of the Beds and Cambs PGA. This match was also settled with extra holes.

The event was reduced to the leading eight available qualifiers from the stroke-play championship staged at Stowmarket in May.

In the first round Suffolk PGA champion Patrick Spraggs of Woodbridge, winner of the Weston Homes/East Herts Classic and the Suffolk Open Championship, crashed out 6 and 5 against Cooper. Spraggs hits the ball a tremendous distance but Cooper’s level par round proved to be more than enough. This was the shock of the round.

Wilkins beat Andrew Collison, the general manager of Bungay and Waveney Valley, to set up his semi-final against Mitchell.

Another tight first round match was between Mitchell and Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry who must have been confident after his win in the PGA East Autumn Classic with Felixstowe and Woodbridge.

Mitchell took an early lead, Latimer pegged him back, but the man from Penrith ended as 3 and 2 winner against the former Scottish amateur international.


New sponsor for Suffolk

The Royal Oak free house in Laxfield, landlord Mike Downer, is a new sponsor for Suffolk PGA.  The Royal Oak, Laxfield Suffolk PGA pro-am at Halesworth Golf Club will be on Wednesday, October 21. The entry fee is £180. Mr Downer, a former member at Saffron Walden Golf Club, said: “I anticipate that this will become an annual event.”  The deal was announced at Halesworth Golf Club whose secretary Ben Townsend is supporting this new event on the calendar.


SPGA SPONSORSHIP DEAL: From left: Ben Townsend (Halesworth GC secretary), Mike Downer (new sponsors and landlord of the Laxfield Royal Oak) and Terry Broome (secretary of Suffolk PGA).









Spraggs wins Suffolk Open

Patrick Spraggs has won the Michael Faraday Cup as Suffolk Open champion for the third time in his career. He had two rounds of one over par 71 to force a play-off with Robert Salter which he won at the fifth extra hole at Haverhill.


Pictured right: Patrick Spraggs receives the Michael Faraday Cup from Suffolk Golf Union president Phil Platten after winning the Suffolk Open Championship at Haverhill.

Spraggs won in 2010 and 2011 as an amateur at Stowmarket. This latest success came as a trainee PGA professional attached to Woodbridge.
Salter, who also had two rounds of 71, had the consolation of winning the Easterbrook Trophy as leading amateur. He also works in the pro shop at Woodbridge
For a while there was nothing to separate them as they played the 17th and 18th holes until a winner could be found. Spraggs sunk a long putt on the first extra hole to save his par with Salter unable to produce what would have been a winning birdie from somewhat closer.

The second was halved in par with Salter producing a tremendous recovery from the bank behind the green. The third extra hole was halved in par and the fourth with two birdies. It was all settled when Salter’s second shot ended in a watery hazard to the left of the green. He had to take a penalty drop. With Spraggs on the green in regulation it was as good as over.
Spraggs can thank his putting for this success because he sunk a long one for birdie on the final hole of his second round.
The best round of the day was two under par 68 from Chris Bartrum of Diss in the afternoon but it left him one short of a place in the play-off having a frustrating 75 in the morning. Danny Western, Suffolk’s amateur match play champion from Gorleston, was also one short with rounds of 72 and 71.
The next three places were taken by county first team players, Ali Hall of Halesworth, James Biggs of Diss and Paul Waring of Felixstowe Ferry.
Joint leaders after the first round were Salter, Spraggs and Waring. Josh Driver of Diss was on their tails with 72 but his challenge fell away in the afternoon.
Suffolk Amateur champion Sam Byford (Ipswich), still only 16, had a round of 71 in the afternoon and was the best of Suffolk’s juniors. His overall score of 147 was matched by Haverhill’s Chris Vince and Hintlesham’s Sam Debenham.
Guy Mummery of Rookery Park was still in with a chance at lunch after his round of 73 but his back gave him problems in the afternoon. Rookery’s other contender, Luke Thompson, had 73 in the morning but slipped to 77 in the afternoon.
Jed Seeley of Newton Green, on his 18th birthday, was in a rush from the time he found that there was no way through Clare and had to take the long diversion. He made his tee-off time but there was no time for a proper warm-up.
The Haverhill course was in superb condition. Head green-keeper Glen Norris had prepared fast and true greens which provided an interesting test. Spraggs and Salter sunk some pressure putts in the play-off.
The only players to have three of more Suffolk Open wins are Laurie Ayton, a former Ryder Cup team member from Ipswich with six, Robin Mann with five and Stephen Whymark with four.
Suffolk Open Championship (for Michael Faraday Cup).
142: Robert Salter (Woodbridge) 71 71, *Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge) 71 71. (Spraggs won at fifth extra hole).
143: Chris Bartrum (Diss) 75 68, Danny Western (Gorleston) 72 71.
144: Ali Hall (Halesworth) 73 71.
145: James Biggs (Diss) 73 72.
146:  Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) 71 75.
147:  Sam Byford (Ipswich) 76 71, Chris Vince (Haverhill) 75 72, Sam Debenham (Hintlesham) 74 73.
148: *Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range) 74 74, Nathan Overton (Woodbridge) 73 75.
149: *Tim Cooper (Newton Green) 77 72, James Tyler (Ipswich) 75 74.
150: Liam Merritt (Haverhill) 76 74, Calvin Sherwood (Rookery Park) 74 76, Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) 73 77.
151: Josh Robertson (Ufford Park) 77 74, Guy Mummery (Rookery Park) 73 78.
152: Connor Talbot (Newton Green) 76 76, Harry Fricker (Ufford Park) 76 76, Matthew Farlie (Haverhill) 75 77, Alex Davey (Stowmarket) 74 78.
153: James O’Doherty (Stowmarket) 79 74, *Ed Garrard (Rookery Park) 76 77, Russell Oakey (Newton Green) 76 77, Lewis Whiting (Haverhill) 76 77, George Fricker (Ufford Park) 74 79, *Daniel Skriabin (Ufford Park) 74 79.
154: *Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park) 78 76, Jasper Johnson (Woodbridge) 75 79.
155: Matthew O’Doherty (Stowmarket) 79 76, *James Markham (Aldeburgh) 76 79, Josh Driver (Diss) 72 83.
156: Jack Bligh (Haverhill) 77 79, Jack Forgan (Stowmarket) 75 81.
157: *Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) 82 75, Jed Seeley (Newton Green) 81 76, Toby Spink (Felixstowe Ferry) 80 77.
158: Dominic Rosser (Woodbridge) 83 75, Jack Phillips (Ipswich) 82 76, Shaun Gordon (Ipswich) 81 77, Daniel Jennings (Rushmere) 80 78, *Kevin Lovelock (Ipswich) 77 81.
159: Aran O’Doherty (Stowmarket) 78 81.
161: Kieran Issitt (Stowmarket) 78 83.
162: Russell Palmer (Haverhill) 80 82.
163: David Reid (Woodbridge) 84 79.
164: Andrew Fish (Haverhill) 82 82.
165: Habebul Islam (Ipswich) 88 77, Ben Aves (Bury St Edmunds) 83 82.
166: Adrian Studd (Woodbridge) 80 86.
167: *Daniel Thurston (Ufford Park) 86 81.
168: Chris Weller (Diss) 83 85, Tommy Hunt (Gorleston) 80 88.
169: Stephen Coonan (Woodbridge) 80 89.
171: *Robert Vine (Ufford Park) 87 84.
173: Ian Pope (Rushmere) 88 85.
174: Jack Orriss (Stowmarket) 90 84.
No return: Danny Perring (Gorleston).
* denotes professional.

Wilkins heads Suffolk PGA trainees’ field

DELL BOWER INVITATION DAY:  From left: Bradley Wilkins (winner of SPGA trainee event), Dell Bower (Suffolk PGA president), Ali Hall of Halesworth with the Tony Garnett Cup and Jack Phillips who lost at the first play-off hole.


Brad Wilkins, currently unattached, won the Suffolk PGA trainees’ tournament at Dell Bower Invitation Day at Hintlesham. His steady rounds of 71 and 70 left him three under par for the day.
Wilkins had five birdies in his opening round but dropped two shots on the par four stroke index one 14th hole.
In his second round he eagled the 480-yard par five 12th and was five under par with four to play. He then had three dropped shots and one more birdie.

Wilkins made a winner’s speech which was much appreciated by Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower.
Trainees’ runner-up was Phil Westley of Hintlesham with rounds of 72 and 75 and third place went to Ufford Park’s Daniel Thurston.
Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge), winner of the PGA in England East order of merit event at East Herts Golf Club last month,  had an opening round of 78 but then retired with a sore back.
Ali Hall of Halesworth beat Jack Phillips of Ipswich at the first play-off hole to win the Tony Garnett Cup from a field of category one amateurs.
This annual event was started in 2004. Hall and Phillips were three under par on the day.
Hall had two steady rounds of 71 and 70 while Phillips produced a second round of five under par that included an eagle on the par five ninth.
In the play-off Hall’s tee shot found semi-rough while Phillips was ideally placed in the middle of the fairway. Phillips left himself a long putt from the back of the green and then needed to sink from five feet to save par.
Hall was on the fringe of the green on the left in two. He left himself a three-foot putt for par. Phillips missed and Hall made no mistake.
Jack Forgan of Stowmarket was first round leader with a round of four under par 68 that included seven birdies. His second round started slowly and everything went wrong at the par three fourth hole. His tee shot in trees to the right ended a wet muddy hazard. Once his ball had been identified he elected to play it rather than take a drop.
He changed into his waterproofs anticipating mud flying in all directions. He struck the ball well but it hit a tree and flew straight back into the same hazard. He ended with a somewhat unfortunate seven
which was a major blow to his chances.
James Biggs (Diss) and Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) were both four shots off the pace. Gregor Tait and Josh Driver saw their challenges fade in the second round. Tait losing the junior prize, for which Phillips became ineligible, to Jed Seeley (Newton Green) on count back.
A highlight was hole in one at the 174-yard 13th by Shaun Gordon, the former North Berwick club champion who is now a member at Ipswich. Gordon, who plays off plus two, was two under par in his second round.
The handicap prize went to Rushmere’s five-handicap Daniel Jennings on count back from Jack Cuthbert of Thorpeness, also off five. Jennings was one over in his second round with birdies at the 11th, 13th and 16th.
The amateur section of this event has been won by Alex Stanley (Aldeburgh) twice, Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland), Paul Dobson (Ipswich),  Scott Brace (Stoke by Nayland), Chris Smith (Fynn Valley), Patrick Spraggs (Stowmarket), Phil Westley (Hintlesham) twice, Jack Cardy, Sam Byford and now Ali Hall.
SPGA Trainee scores

141: Bradley Wilkins 71 70.
147: Phil Westley 72 75.
150: Daniel Thurston 76 74.
153: Daniel Skriabin 72 81.
162: James Markham 83 79.
165: Ed Garrard 87 78.
No returns: Patrick Spraggs 78 retired, Robert Vine Nr 77.
Tony Garnett Cup
141: Ali Hall (Halesworth) 71 70 beat Jack Phillips (Ipswich) 74 67 at first play-off hole.
142:  Chris Bartrum (Diss) 70 72.
145:  James Biggs (Diss) 73 72, Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) 70 75.
147: Josh Robertson (Ufford Park) 74 73.
149:  Shaun Gordon (Ipswich) 79 70; Robert Salter (Woodbridge) 79 70; Jed Seeley (Newton Green), 73 76, Gregor Tait (Ipswich) 71 78.
150: Sam Byford (Ipswich) 78 72, Jack Forgan (Stowmarket) 68 82.
152: Daniel Jennings (Rushmere) 79 73, Jack Cuthbert (Thorpeness) 78 74, Josh Manser (Gorleston) 76 76, Josh Driver (Diss) 72 80.
155: Harry Fricker (Ufford Park) 80 75, Harvey Watts (Newton Green) 76 79.
158: Alex Davey (Stowmarket) 77 81.
160: Connor Talbot (Newton Green) 79 81.
161: Ben Aves (Bury St Edmunds) 81 80.
167: Paul Dobson (Thorpeness) 82 85.
No returns: Guy Mummery (Rookery Park) retired with sore back in first round, Chris Vince Suffolk (Haverhill) nr retired, Will Morcombe (Aldeburgh) nr  in first round then retired with injured foot.

England Golf seeking new Suffolk Development Officer

Alastair Spink’s (pictured left), decision to hand over the reins of the Suffolk Golf Partnership as from next week means that England Golf is already advertising for a new Suffolk County Development Officer. It will be a full time position with a salary of between £20,000 and £25,000 a year plus expenses.
The job entails the delivery of “more players, more members and stronger clubs” in line with the national strategic plan for England Golf 2014-2017.
Whoever is appointed will be required to help support the Suffolk Golf Development Group’s objectives, made up of SGU, Suffolk Ladies and PGA. It will be a fixed term contract until March 31, 2017. The position will be externally funded and, subject to performance, may be extended beyond this period.
Candidates should, ideally, hold a sports related diploma, sports development experience, and a good knowledge of golf and of the golf club environment. The skills required include good written, verbal and IT communication skills as well as the ability to work with golf club staff and committees, professionals and volunteers.  
Prior work experience in a golf club environment is desirable but not essential. The position is home based. In addition the successful candidate will be required to travel to meetings making car ownership essential. The post will require evenings and weekend work if necessary. The application form can be found on England Golf website Return the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to Steven Peet, England Golf East Region manager on or posted to Steven Peet, 14 Britannia Court, Trafalgar Square, Poringland, Norfolk NR14 7WR
The closing date for applications is September 2. Interviews will take place on September 9 with a preferred starting date of October 5.
Suffolk Partnership chairman, Crawford Gillan, is also standing down. He explained: “For various personal reasons and with the Partnership about to enter a new phase, I feel the role of chairman will require a great deal more time and commitment that I am now able to provide. I believe it would be unfair, therefore, on other members of the Partnership for me to continue and give the role of chairman less than the 100% commitment it deserves.”
It is an important that Suffolk continues to have a strong Partnership which is the key to securing funds from Sport England. The challenge of succeeding Spink could appeal to a member of Suffolk PGA.


Spraggs lands one-shot win

Patrick Spraggs, left, clinched the Weston Homes plc East Herts Classic in sensational style by draining a 50-foot birdie putt on the final green.
The first-year PGA trainee from Woodbridge Golf Club led for the majority of the second round of the PGA in England (East) order of merit event before James Webber (Three Rivers) pegged him back at the penultimate hole.
Webber nailed a 14-footer for eagle before Spraggs missed a five-foot birdie putt to leave both men at seven-under-par heading to the last tee.
It appeared to be odds-on a play-off after neither golfer could knock it in close at the 192-yard par-3.
But Spraggs, 24, judged his long-range left-to-right breaker to perfection, celebrating with a fist pump.
And moments later, after Webber was unable to convert his 30-footer, the Suffolk-based player was able to savour the biggest win of his short professional career.
Back-to-back rounds of 67 left him victorious at eight-under-par, just nine days on from finishing dead last in a regional Open Championship qualifier at West Lancashire.
Spraggs said: “That 50-footer on the last really capped off a good two days for me. It was pretty surreal, to be fair...I was just expecting a play-off. But I’m really chuffed to hole a putt like that.
“When it was rolling, it looked dead centre to me, so I was getting a little bit excited. And the fist pump, I don’t know if that was really called for, but who cares! It feels brilliant.”
Spraggs, who completed a sports-based degree at the University of Stirling in 2013, is this season competing for the first time on the East region circuit.
He failed to make the top-40 in the two previous order of merit tournaments but indicated that his success at East Herts will give him a fresh surge of belief.   
Spraggs added: “This just means that I can actually do it again, because I was kind of doubting myself. I had a poor start to the season and Open qualifying last Monday was not very good.
“But I made a few little swing changes and, Bob’s your uncle...this is great! It is a big, big confidence boost for me – a good step in the right direction.”
Webber, who won the opening order of merit event at Bishop’s Stortford, was satisfied with another bold display, despite coming up fractionally short after 36 holes.
He said: “It was a great couple of days. I was happy to hit the green at the last and thought that would get me to a play-off. But it was a great putt from Patrick, so what can you do?”
There is a new leader atop the East region order of merit rankings after Darren Charlton (Dunstable Downs) finished tied-third alongside David Salisbury (Three Rivers)
Charlton almost ended up third on his own, but a slip-up at the last left him at five-under alongside Salisbury who signed for a 66 – the lowest round of the tournament.
Charlton has edged just clear of Stuart Brown (Thorpe Wood), the latter following up his win at the PGA East Region Championship at Essendon with a solid tied-fifth display.
The next chapter of the order of merit race will play out in three weeks at Colchester Golf Club, venue for the PGA East Region Bowl.
Charlton said: “"I am very pleased to keep the good run of consistent golf going and finish third.
"Leading the order of merit is great but it's early days and too early to think too much ahead.”
WESTON HOMES PLC EAST HERTS CLASSIC (PGA in England East, order of merit) leading scores: 134: P Spraggs (Woodbridge) 67 67. 135: J Webber (Three Rivers) 67 68. 137: D Salisbury (Three Rivers) 71 66; D Charlton (Dunstable Downs) 68 69. 141: C Baron (West Essex) 72 69; S Whiffin (Hertfordshire G &CC) 70 71; S Brown (Thorpe Wood) 69 72;  B Taylor (Brett Taylor Golf) 69 72; A George (Ely City) 68 73; G Howard (Brampton Park) 68 73; P Hetherington (Great Hadham) 68 73.
Selected others: 143: I Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) 73 70; Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 70 73. 145: C Smith (Fynn Valley) 71 74; T Clements (Eaton) 71 74. 147: M Baker (Colchester) 74 73; C Cutchie (Colchester) 74 73; J Sharkey (Links, Newmarket) 72 75. 148: M Spooner (Glen Lodge) 75 73; L Dodd (Bury Driving Range) 72 76.


Dell Bower Invitational

The Dell Bower Invitational, for Suffolk PGA trainees and invited amateurs, will be held at Hintlesham Golf Club on Wednesday, August 5th.  It will be a 36-hole event with vouchers for winning amateurs. Trainees should enter (cost £25) by July 22 through SPGA secretary Terry Broome.



We have now reached the quarter final stage of the above.

In the early round Tim Cooper had a 3&2 win over Joe Cardy and Matt Alderton received a W/O from Rob Pritchard.

However both Cooper and Alderton were to lose their next matches against Lawrence Dodd - 5&4 and Jon Markham - 4&3, respectively. there were comfortable wins for Ben Kerr - 8&7 against Paul Connell and, in a re-match of last year's final, Neil Mitchell overcame Phil Westley 4&3.

Due to injury Robert Joyce had to concede his scheduled match with Simon Reeve and Tony Dobson is also through following withdrawal by Richard Davies.

The other two matches in the second round round were altogether more closely fought affairs with Andy Goodridge easing out Kelvin Vince 3&1 and Andrew Robinson winning a tight game with James Markham 2&1.

Full quarter final line-up is:- 





Please endeavour to have the matches played before the end of July - don't forget to let me know the result asap.

I'd like to take this opportunity of giving enormous thanks on your behalf to Steve Gray of Chauffeur Car Services for their continued valued sponsorship of this event


Spraggs completes the Suffolk set of major titles

DOUBLE WINNER: Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge) receives The Mallinson Trophy and The Dell Bower Trophy from Suffolk PGA secretary Terry Broome after winning both the Suffolk PGA Championship and Suffolk PGA Trainees’ Championship at Stowmarket.



Patrick Spraggs, assistant professional at Woodbridge Golf Club, won the Suffolk PGA Championship at Stowmarket with rounds of 68 and 71 to be one over par for the day. He won the Mallinson Trophy as champion and the Dell Bower Trophy as trainees’ champion which was run in conjunction with the main event.
Spraggs has now completed the Suffolk set of major titles, the Amateur, the Open and now the PGA. He will be representing Woodbridge in the seven PGA in England (East) Order of Merit competitions, starting with the Weston Homes Classic at Bishop’s Stortford on June 3 and 4. He has recovered from a hand injury that proved too much of a handicap in the PGA Assistants’ East qualifier at Haverhill earlier this month.
Spraggs was one under par in the morning, despite a triple bogey and a bogey on his front nine. Four successive birdies between the 11th and 14th helped him to a back nine of three under par 32. Morning conditions were chilly and overcast.
There was rain midway through the afternoon round but Spraggs continued to play well and ended his round in style by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
His success was perhaps predictable after an amateur career that saw him represent Europe with distinction in the Palmer Cup against the United States at 2010 at Royal Portrush. The annual event is between College players in the States and university and college players from Europe. American PGA Tour player Russell Henley was in the American team on that occasion.
As a result of his good showing in Ireland he was invited to take up a golf scholarship in the United States. It did not work out as he had hoped and returned to Stirling.
Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry was runner-up at Stowmarket two shots behind. The former Scottish amateur international had a poor finish to his second round after being well in contention. He had former Felixstowe Ferry secretary Nigel Fosker as his caddy. Apart from the leaders, the scoring was poor. Pin positions were perhaps more testing than needed to be the case.
Brad Wilkins (Ipswich Golf Range) was third with 75 and 72 with Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) fourth with 76 and 73.
Only the leading eight players qualify for this year’s SPGA Match play at Thorpeness on October 12 and 13. The final four places will be taken by Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Range), Andrew Collison (Bungay),  Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range). Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) and Tim Cooper (Newton Green) both finished eighth equal so one of them will be first reserve.
Mallinson Trophy (Suffolk PGA Championship): 139: Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge) 68 71. 141: Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) 70 71. 147: Bradley Wilkins (Ipswich Golf Centre) 75 72. 149: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) 76 73. 150: Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre). 151: Andrew Collison (Bungay), Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range). 152: Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range), Tim Cooper (Newton Green). 155: Phil Westley (Hintlesham), Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington). 158: Robert Vine (Ufford Park). 159: Andrew Robinson (Southwold), Joe Cardy (Hintlesham). 160: Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park), James Markham (Aldeburgh). There were seven retirements or no returns.


Dodd wins SPGA Winter League
Lawrence Dodd won the fourth and final Suffolk PGA Winter League event. His level par round of 70 at Royal Worlington was three better than Tim Cooper of Newton Green.
Rain cleared to leave a cloudy afternoon with strong winds. The greens were running fast and true.
Dodd had one eagle and five birdies but dropped seven shots.
Scores: 70: Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range). 73: Tim Cooper (Newton Green). 74: Andrew Collison (Bungay). 75: Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range).76: Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range). 77: Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington). 78: Robert Joyce (Felixstowe Ferry), Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre). 79: James Markham (Aldeburgh), Paul Connell (unattached). 80: Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry), Ed Garrard (Rookery Park). Retired injured: Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge).
Overall (two scores to count):  140: Dodd (60 order of merit points).143: Mitchell (50). 146: Collison (40). 147: Cooper and Latimer (25). 150: Kerr (10).
Next event is the SPGA Championship and Assistants’ Championship at Stowmarket on Thursday. May 14.

Narrow victory for professionals
Suffolk Professionals beat Suffolk county men by one hole at Rushmere in a foursomes match played with Hambro scoring.
Bursts of heavy rain and strong winds made conditions difficult but there were some good matches to help prepare the amateurs for the coming Anglian League season.
Ollie Rush from Haverhill and Jack Cardy from Hintlesham needed to win the final match of the course by a four-hole margin to secure an overall team victory.
They beat Josh Robertson (Ufford Park) and Ali Hall (Halesworth) by four holes. They included an eagle at the ninth.
Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) and Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) trailed by two holes after eight against Paul Waring and Chris Bartrum in a game of high quality. The professionals eased ahead during the second nine to win by three.
The other professional pairing to win were Sam Forgan (Stowmarket) and Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) who were always just in front against Robert Salter (Woodbridge) and James Biggs (Diss) eventually winning by two.
After 11 holes it looked as though Suffolk youngsters Gregor Tait and Jack Forgan were running away with their match. But Hintlesham professionals Joe Cardy and Phil Westley reduced their margin of their defeat to two with a vastly improved final eight holes.
Suffolk Professionals’ captain Frank Hill (Thorpeness), who has played on the European Senior Tour, and Robert Joyce from Felixstowe Ferry had their hands full against Suffolk county captain Nathan Overton and Jasper Johnson, both of Woodbridge.
Joe Cardy and Phil Westley lost to Gregor Tait and Jack Forgan by two holes; Peter Latimer and Sam Forgan beat Robert Salter and James Biggs by two holes; Frank Hill and Robert Joyce lost to Nathan Overton and Jasper Johnson by six holes; Chris Smith and Lawrence Dodd beat Paul Waring and Chris Bartrum by three holes; Ollie Rush and Sam Forgan beat Ali Hall and Josh Robertson by four holes.




Dodd starts season with victory at Aldeburgh

Chris Smith (left) and Lawrence Dodd on the 18th fairway at Aldeburgh where they had rounds of 72 and 70 in the Suffolk PGA Winter League meeting.



Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) won the first Suffolk PGA Winter League event of the year with a round of 70 at Aldeburgh. The overnight frost had come out of the greens. The sun shone until a heavy shower caught the final three two balls.
Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) and Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) shared second place with rounds of 72. Both Dodd and Smith were back in 33.
Tim Cooper of Newton Green had the best front nine of 35 and finished joint fourth with a round of 74. This was equalled by Paul Connell of Hintlesham who recorded 34 for his back nine.
Other scores: 76: Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington). 77: Andy Cotton (Ufford Park). 78: Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park). 79: Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre), Andy Goodridge (Bury Golf Range), James Markham (Aldeburgh). 80: Kelvin Vince (Rushmere), Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns) and Ed Garrard (Rookery Park).


The Chauffeur Services Knock-Out Cup

The Suffolk PGA is very grateful to Steve Gray and colleagues for their continued support of this important playing event in our calendar. Formerly known as the Town & Country Cars Cup we are pleased to announce a different name but with similar connections.

Entries are invited for the above-mentioned for 2015. The draw will be made at the Committee Meeting held in January, after that entrants will be notified and then be responsible for arranging the playing of matches themselves. Once made, the draw goes through without further change as per tennis at Wimbledon for example.


Matches may be played either home & away over 36 holes; at two different neutral venues over 36 holes; or, at a single neutral venue over 18 holes.


The semi-finals and final will be played on the same day over 18 holes each at a neutral venue to all of the four players involved. The day will be arranged for a mutually convenient time for all participants and our Sponsor.


Entry Fee is £40 and must be paid before the 1st round matches are played. Payment may be made by cheque (payable to SPGA) sent to Andrew Sleath, Hon Treasurer SPGA, 21 Hasketon Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LD or by BACS to Suffolk PGA Lloyds Bank, Woodbridge Branch. Sort Code 30-99-85 Account Number 00695685. If paying via BACS please show your name and Competition entry as a reference. Eg A.N Other - Chauffeur KO Cup.


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Woodbridge pair end Aldeburgh supremacy

WOODBRIDGE SUCESS: Winners of the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Trophy from left: Patrick Spraggs, Suffolk PGA chairman Paul Wilby and James Peasey.

The Woodbridge pairing of James Peasey and Patrick Spraggs won the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Trophy, a better ball competition, held at Felixstowe Ferry before the annual meeting of the Suffolk Professional Golfers’ Association. They returned a score of 68 on an overcast and breezy day.

They ended the two-year winning run of Aldeburgh’s Keith Preston and Simon Reeve in this competition.
Runners-up, one shot off the pace, were Alex Lucas and Brad Wilkins of the Ipswich Golf Centre at Wherstead.  The shot of the day came from Hintlesham’s left-hander Phil Westley who holed his second shot at the par four 15th with a five-iron against a strong wind.
 Other scores: 70: Joe Cardy and Phil Westley (Hintlesham), Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) and Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry), Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush (Haverhill). 71: Keith Preston and Simon Reeve. 73: Andrew Collison and Ian Scott (Bungay). 74: Neil Mitchell and Andy Goodridge (Bury Golf Range). 75: Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) and Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns).

Joe Cardy wins Dell Bower pro-am

TEAM WINNERS: The Ufford Park quartet who won the Pro-Am prize at Hintlesham. From left: Stuart Robertson, Josh Robertson, Colin Aldous and Dave Ellis with Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower.

Joe Cardy, pictured left with SPGA President Dell Bower, assistant at Hintlesham Golf Club, used course knowledge to his advantage when winning the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA pro-am with a round of three under par 69. The Hintlesham course had recovered well from heavy rain earlier in the week.

Four players shared second prize with one under par 71. They were new Suffolk Match play champion Lawrence Dodd, Town and Country Cars  Cup winner Neil Mitchell (both Bury Golf Range), Danny Barton (Waldringfield) and  Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth and Caister). Ben Kerr of West Suffolk Golf Range took sixth place with level pr 72.
Ufford Park won the team prize with a family affair. Grandfather Colin Aldous, his son-in-law Stuart Robertson and grandson Josh Robertson were joined by Dave Ellis to amass 87 Stableford points. Josh Robertson also won the prize for nearest the pin on the sixth hole. Cardy’s team was second and those with Ian Ellis third.
Dell Bower Pro-Am (at Hintlesham): 69: Joe Cardy (Hintlesham). 71: Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range), Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth and Caister), Danny Barton (Waldringfield), Ian Mitchell (Bury Golf Range). 72: Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre). 73: Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range), Chris Smith (Fynn Valley), Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley). 74: Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park), Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall). 75: Paul Wilby (Haverhill), Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom), Tim Cooper (Newton Green). 76: Andrew Robinson (Southwold). 77: Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh). 78: Rob Pritchard (Cretingham).
Dodd turns tables on Pritchard to win Match Play title       


Suffolk PGA captain Frank Hill (centre) presents the Ransome Trophy to
Lawrence Dodd after his 4 and 3 victory over Rob Pritchard (right) in the
final of the SPGA Match Play Championship at Thorpeness.

Strong winds and squally showers made for difficult conditions for the rearranged final stages of the Suffolk PGA Match Play Championship at Thorpeness. Robert Pritchard (Cretingham) and Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range), first and second in the qualifying stroke play, met in the final.
Dodd turned the tables on Pritchard with a 4 and 3 victory. He never looked back after taking the lead with a chip-in birdie at the fourth hole.
Although Pritchard was dormie five down he won the par-five 15th with a defiant birdie but a half at the next was not good enough to stave off defeat.
Dodd, who made numerous appearances for England as amateur and played in both the European Tour and Challenge Tour, looked solid all day apart from the occasional wayward drive. In the semi-final he was too strong for Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) winning 4 and 3.
In the other semi-final Andrew Robinson (Southwold) recovered from being four down against Pritchard to draw level with four to play. Pritchard regained the lead at the 15th, Robinson levelled at the 16th but went one down again at the 17th.
Both players were in trouble off the tee at the last. Robinson had to take a drop from a bush on the right. Pritchard was in long wet grass on the left. PGA secretary and referee Terry Broome must have been keeping an eye on his watch as a search party set to work. The ball was found in time and Pritchard found the green with his approach which was all he needed to do.
Semi-finals: L Dodd (Bury Golf Range) beat C Smith (Fynn Valley) 4 and 3, R Pritchard (Cretingham) beat A Robinson (Southwold) two up. Final: Dodd beat Pritchard 4 and 3.

Mitchell retains Town and Country Cars Cup


Neil Mitchell (right) with the Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup with losing finalist Phil Westley (left) and sponsor Steve Gray.

Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range retained the Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup when he beat Phil Westley (Hintlesham) 4 and 2 in the final at Felixstowe Ferry.
A key moment came on the 11th green when Mitchell sunk a 20-foot putt to secure a half and stay two up. Mitchell never looked back after that and closed the match with a birdie at the par-three 16th.
The semi-finals were played in the morning. Andrew Robinson (Southwold) was leading Mitchell early on but a wayward drive at the 15th left the initiative with Mitchell who went on to win 2 and 1.
In the other match Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre) was three down early on against the left-handed Westley. He pulled it back to all square but Westley was one up on the 18th tee and went on to win.
Mitchell was Cumbrian amateur champion in 1995 when he played at Penrith. He is only the second player to win this Suffolk match play event twice. The other is Richard Davies, head professional at Halesworth, who did not enter this year.
The presentation was made by Steve Gray of Town and Country Cars, a member at Hintlesham. He will be sponsoring the event next year but under the name of Chauffeur Services UK Ltd, another of his companies based in Hadleigh.
Early rounds of this match play event were played in the spring. There were some cliff-hangers. Robinson beat Simon Reeve of Aldeburgh, both former Rushmere amateurs, at the third extra hole in the first round. Mitchell beat Paul Wilby (Haverhill) at the 21st in the quarter-finals.

Full list of results can be found under the Match Play section of this website.

Kerr surprises Spraggs
There was a surprise in store for Patrick Spraggs, now attached to Woodbridge, who lost his first round match on the last hole to Ben Kerr of West Suffolk Golf Centre. It was a splendid match with Kerr protecting a narrow lead in the latter stages.
Kerr produced three sand saves on the final three holes to keep his one-hole advantage. On the 18th his second shot was in the rough and he did particularly well to find the deep bunker just short of the green to the right.
The other first round tie between Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry, a former Scottish amateur international, and Brad Wilkins of Ipswich Golf Centre went all the way to the fourth extra hole with both players producing golf of a high standard.
Frank Hill, the host professional who has played in the PGA Super Seniors for some years, two up early on against Dodd. They were all square after the seventh. Then Dodd produced a string of birdies to surge ahead. He chipped in at the 15th to close out victory.
Daniel Skriabin of Ufford Park made good start against Robinson, watched by his former mentor Ian MacPherson from his Felixstowe Ferry days. Robinson’s accuracy off the tee improved and he won on the 17th green.
Richard Beadles from Royal Worlington faced Keith Preston of Aldeburgh, two coaches who have looked after Cambridge University in recent years. All square after seven it could have gone either way until late in the game. Beadles had problems with his putter before wining 2 and1.
Rob Vine, a recently appointed assistant at Ufford Park who has worked in Spain, lost to Suffolk PGA stroke play champion Pritchard but came across as a welcome newcomer getting to know his way around Suffolk. It was his first visit to Thorpeness and he was impressed.
Smith, a former Suffolk PGA champion, was too consistent for Rookery Park assistant Ed Garrard while Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) was six up after seven against Phil Westley (Hintlesham) who may have been tired with a new baby in his household.
In the second round there were two very close matches and two that were more one-sided. Latimer was seemingly in control when three up against Dodd, but the former England amateur international knocked in a string of birdies in the second nine to win on the last green.
It was an epic tussle between Pritchard and Kerr. Pritchard lost the 17th after a wayward tee shot into gorse on the right to be all square on the last. Then it was Kerr’s turn to miss the fairway on the left. His ball was in long grass close to bramble roots but he was granted a free drop. He was still in the rough but played a splendid approach shot to the green.
Pritchard’s drive was way down the fairway. His second was six feet from the pin and he sunk his birdie putt to prevent the match from going to extra holes. Kerr secured his par but it was not good enough.
Robinson established control of his match against Beadles midway through his round and Smith, who needed to play only 26 holes all day, beat Mitchell thus avenging a defeat in the semi-final of last year’s Town and Country Cars Cup at Felixstowe Ferry last year.

Complete list of results in matchplay section

Rob Pritchard takes title
Rob Pritchard of Cretingham Golf Club became Suffolk PGA stroke play champion for the second time in four years when he won the Mallinson Cup by a single shot from Lawrence Dodd in windy conditions at Rushmere where there was very little run on the ball after heavy rain the previous day.



Del Bower, SPGA President is seen presenting both Rob Pritchard, left, and Lawrence Dodd, right, with their respective trophies

Both players equalled the professional course record of 66 in the second round, but Pritchard was one over par in the morning and Dodd was two over. Pritchard’s previous victory was at Aldeburgh in 2011.
The original round of 66 was set in 2002 by Alex Sandeman, now a professional at the Westmoreland Club in Barbados when the Rushmere course was officially three yards shorter.
Pritchard was three over after four holes after lunch but then had two birdies to be one over at the turn. His back nine included three birdies and an eagle at the par five 16th hole.
After the opening round Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) and Patrick Spraggs (Woodbridge) were joint leaders with one under par 69. Spraggs, a former Suffolk Open champion when an amateur at Stowmarket, ruined his chances with a nine at the first while Beadles slipped down the leader board with a second round of 73.
Chris Smith of Fynn Valley, a former Suffolk PGA champion, took third place with 141, one over par on the day, with fourth place being shared by former Rushmere amateur Andrew Robinson, now head professional at Southwold, and Beadles.
The Dell Bower Suffolk Assistants’ Championship for trainees was held in conjunction with the county match play. The winner was Dodd by 10 shots from joint runners-up Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range), Brad Wilkins (Ipswich Golf Centre) and Spraggs who represented Europe against the United States in the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush in 2010.
Leading scores
137: R Pritchard (Cretingham) 71 66. 138: L Dodd (Bury Golf Range) 72 66. 141: C Smith (Fynn Valley) 70 71. 142: A Robinson (Southwold) 70 72, R Beadles (Royal Worlington) 69 73. 146: N Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 73 73. 148: B Wilkins (Ipswich Golf Centre) 77 71, B Kerr 75 73 (West Suffolk Golf Centre), A Trett (Bury Golf Range) 74 74, P Spraggs (Woodbridge) 69 79. 149: P Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) 76 73. 150: P Wilby (Haverhill) 76 74, P Westley (Hintlesham) 75 75. 151: K Preston (Aldeburgh) 74 77. 160: D Skriabin (Ufford Park) 80 80. 162: E Garrard (Rookery Park) 80 82. 163: F Hill (Thorpeness) 83 80. 164: R Vine (Ufford Park) 83 81. 166: J Markham (Aldeburgh) 80 86.

New adventure for Alex
Alex Lucas, left, with the target area of the Ipswich Golf Range behind him. 

Alex Lucas, who has left his position as head professional at Waldringfield Golf Club after seven years, has revitalised the Ipswich Golf Centre at Bourne Hill. His assistant Josh King has moved with him.
He has a 12-bay under cover floodlit driving range with premium Srixon range balls costing £3 for 60 and £5 for 120. The target area over a valley gives golfers the chance to see the ball land.
An additional attraction is a Trackman Pro3 which allows golfers to see the flight of their ball and helps with club fitting. It is the only Trackman in Suffolk or Norfolk and has already become popular with fellow professionals. An hour Trackman lesson with Lucas costs £49 and with King £34. A lesson without use of the Trackman is £29 (Lucas) or £22 (King). The shop is also well stocked with all major brands available.


Millennium Trophy success for Latimer in Norfolk

Peter Latimer, left, assistant at Felixstowe Ferry and former Scottish amateur international, won first prize in the biennial Millennium Trophy meeting at Weston Park open to professionals from Norfolk PGA and Suffolk PGA.
Latimer was the only player to break par on the day. His two rounds of 70 left him four clear of Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth and Caister) with Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre) taking third place six shots off the pace.
Latimer, a member of the Suffolk team which won last year’s inaugural PGA of England and Wales inter-county championship, gained a measure of consolation after missing out on qualification for the Powerade PGA Assistants’ final at Coventry in June. He said: “I was striking the ball nicely all day. I have found a bit of form.”
Ellis, who won the trophy after a play-off with Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) at Hintlesham two years ago, will be travelling to Wentworth on Sunday to prepare for next week’s BMW PGA  Championship. The greens at Weston Park were slow compared to the ones he will find at Wentworth.
Ellis will be taking 17-year-old Dylan Green to be on his bag at Wentworth. Green is a two-handicap player from Costessey Park who made his debut for the Norfolk county second team against Lincolnshire last weekend.

The Millennium Trophy was introduced in 2000 with both counties putting £1000 into the prize fund. Former winners in the field included Mitchell who took fourth place after being Latimer’s nearest challenger after a level par opening round. Three-time former winner Tony Varney (Bawburgh) had to settle for joint ninth.

140: P Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) 70 70.
144: I Ellis (Great Yarmouth and Caister) 73 71.
146: B Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Range) 74 72.
148: N Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 72 76.
149: A Collison (Bungay) 74 75, M Spooner (Bawburgh) 74 75, R Beadles (Royal Worlington) 76 73.
151: A Lucas (Ipswich Golf Range) 78 73.
152: T Varney (Bawburgh) 75 77, A Robinson (Southwold) 77 75, T Cooper (Newton Green) 75 77, B Wilkins (Fynn Valley) 76 76.
153: C Smith (Fynn Valley) 78 75.
154: J Groat (Denver) 78 76.
156: S Cubitt (Dunston Hall) 77 79.
157: M Allen (Eaton) 79 78, A Cotton (Ufford Park) 76 81.
161: L Bates (Dereham) 84 77.
163: S Robertson (Ufford Park) 81 82.
164: W Woodrow (Royal Cromer) 81 83.
169: S Byford (The Suffolk) 84 85.
175: M Gardner (Barnham Broom) 86 89.
177: R Wilkinson (Swaffham) 93 84.

SPGA in close match with Ladies
Suffolk PGA, helped by home club junior Ben Uttridge, beat Suffolk Ladies in a practice match by two matches to one in a Sunningdale foursomes format at Newton Green Golf Club. A shot is given whenever a team goes two up.
Although rain threatened at the start, the skies cleared and the players enjoyed good weather and excellent playing conditions.
Traditionally the idea of this match was for the selected Suffolk Ladies’ team for County Week to play the professionals. This year’s match was arranged before the county team was named. Established players such as Vicki Inglis, Sharon Luckman, Vanessa Bell and Lils James did not take part.
Scores (Ladies’ names first): Eloise Aldous (Newton Green) and Sarah Saggers (Ipswich) lost to Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush (both Haverhill) one down; Sarah Howe and Abbie Symonds (both Ipswich) lost to Tim Cooper and Ben Uttridge (Newton Green) one down; Sarah Jane Barker (Rookery Park) and Emily Penfold (Newton Green) beat Frank Hill (Thorpeness) and Alastair Spink (Fynn Valley) one up.

Smith is steadiness personified


Peter Latimer runner-up in Suffolk pro-only event at Thorpeness

Chris Smith of Fynn Valley won the second PGA in Suffolk Pro-Only event of the year played in sunny conditions at Thorpeness. His level par round of 70, which included three birdies, beat former Scottish amateur international Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) by a single shot. Latimer was two under at the turn but dropped three shots on his second nine. Third place went to Tim Cooper of Newton Green, winner of the first Suffolk pro-only event at Aldeburgh, who signed for a round of 73.Ollie Rush of Haverhill was fourth with 75, a round which would have been far better but for missed opportunities on the greens.

Amateurs given good work-out

Suffolk PGA met a Suffolk county amateur team in glorious conditions at Rushmere. It was a useful foursomes work out for the amateurs who won by three and a half matches to one and a half.
The PGA co-opted Rushmere junior Daniel Jennings as a late replacement. He and Kelvin Vince were leading Nathan Overton and Alistair Hall after nine holes but went down by one hole.
Scores: (PGA names first): Keith Preston and Lawrence Dodd beat Jack Cardy and Chris Bartrum; Kelvin Vince and Daniel Jennings lost to Nathan Overton and Alistair Hall; Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush lost to Dean Fairweather and James Biggs; Robert Joyce and Peter Latimer halved with Chris Vince and Paul Waring; Frank Hill and Tony Dobson lost to Josh Cottrell and Robert Salter.

Cooper wins opening event

Tim Cooper, left, head professional at Newton Green, produced a splendid round of one under par 67 to win the Suffolk PGA pro-only medal competition which had become the traditional season opener at Aldeburgh

Cooper’s four birdies in Spring-like conditions enabled him to beat Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) by a single shot. Mitchell had an excellent back nine of 31. Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range), the key man in the Suffolk team which won the inaugural PGA of England and Wales Inter-County Championship at The Belfry last October, was round in 71.

Aldeburgh’s Keith Preston and Simon Reeve, together with Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns), signed for 73. Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley) holed out for a birdie from a bunker at the 160-yard 17th hole where Cooper, Dobson and Ed Garrard (Rookery Park) also claimed birdies.

Other scores were 75 from Paul Wilby (Haverhill) and Robert Joyce (Felixstowe Ferry), 76 from Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) and 77 from Garrard.The next Suffolk PGA pro-only event will be at Thorpeness on March 31.

Recognition for Suffolk professionals

Three Suffolk PGA professionals, Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley), Tim Cooper (Newton Green) and Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) have all been named as advanced professionals. This is a deserved recognition for some excellent work in recent years. Collison and Cooper have both done great work to promote junior golf. Beadles is coach to Cambridge University

Funds raised for Seve Foundation and SPGA

Peter Morton (right) receives the framed limited edition signed print of Seve Ballesteros from donor Detmar Hackman in front of the original painting by Anne Mackintosh.


One of Tony Garnett’s final tasks as secretary for the Suffolk Professional Golfers’ Association was to organise a lottery to raise funds both for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation and Suffolk PGA on a 50-50 basis. The Foundation supports Cancer Research.
The first prize was a limited edition framed portrait of Seve Ballesteros which is signed both by the great golfer but also by renowned artist Anne Mackintosh.
The print was donated by Mr Detmar Hackman of Sabona Arthritic Relief Co. He is a member at Aldeburgh Golf Club and sponsors the Suffolk Ladies’ Golf Association. He has also been very supportive of the Suffolk Professionals.
Mr Hackman was a friend of Ballesteros who was among the many top sporting stars to wear a Sabona copper bracelet. Ballesteros surprisingly decided against buying the painting. It seems, despite his wealth, he always remained very careful with money. Mr Hackman took the opportunity to make the purchase and then arranged for limited edition prints. Ballesteros is wearing a Sabona bracelet in the picture.
The lottery winner was former Suffolk hockey captain Peter Morton who is a member and one-time captain of Stowmarket Golf Club. He was presented with the framed picture by Mr Hackman in front of the original painting which has pride of place at the Sabona offices at the Carlton Park Industrial Estate at Saxmundham.
Mr Morton said: “I shall hang the print at home to let my family see it and enjoy it. Then I think I shall hand it over to Stowmarket Golf Club.”
The second prize, a Snooper SLR500 laser range finder, was given by Bob Wood of Snooper Ltd and a keen supporter of professional golf in the East. It was won by Bob Curry, father of former European Tour star Paul. Bob has given it back to Suffolk PGA to help raise further funds.
Peter Rudd (Thorpeness and Woodbridge) won the meal for four at the George and Dragon, Kelvedon. He has been given permission to switch to the Red Lion at Chelmondiston, under the same ownership, when it opens in the New Year.
An assortment of vintage port and spirits were won by Jon Marks (Woodbridge), Gary Kitley (Rookery Park), Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range), Detmar Hackman and Dan Walker (Haverhill).
The lottery raised £717 both for the Seve Foundation and SPGA.
Garnett said: “Very many thanks to all those professionals who supported this lottery. Their efforts were really appreciated. I have received an email from Lottie Goddard of Cancer Research UK thanking Suffolk PGA for their support and acknowledging receipt of the cheque.”

Terry Broome is unveiled as your new secretary

Terry Broome, pictured left, a retired policeman, has taken over from as secretary of Suffolk PGA. Mr Broome is well known in Suffolk golf. He was manager of the Suffolk boys’ under-16 squad several years ago and was also chairman of junior golf for Suffolk Golf Union. Among the players in his under-16 squad were Jamie Moul, Lawrence Dodd and Alex Holmes all of whom are professionals today.
Terry was also a pioneer in implementing Suffolk Golf Union’s child protection.



Aldeburgh pair retain  Cup
Keith Preston and Simon Reeve of Aldeburgh became the first pair to retain the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Cup, a better ball competition which traditionally precedes the Suffolk PGA annual meeting.
Their five under par round of 67 at Felixstowe Ferry, in a slight breeze, was enough to beat playing partners Robert Joyce and Peter Latimer from the host club by a single shot.
Joyce and Latimer were four under at the turn and one shot ahead of their rivals. They went two shots ahead after the 11th. Then the par-three 12th hole produced a birdie for the Aldeburgh pair and a bogey for their rivals. Then it was level pegging until Reeve produced a birdie at the 444-yard par four 17th hole that put the Aldeburgh pair ahead for the first time since they surrendered their early lead to a birdie at the third.
Third place went to Chris Smith and Alastair Spink of Fynn Valley with two under par 70. They were one under for each nine.
Two pairs a shared fourth place with rounds of 72. They were Tony Moore (American Golf, Ufford Park) and Andy Kirk (Ufford Park) together with Haverhill pair Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush. Kirk moves to Essex this week having been appointed as a coach at the Lee Westwood Academy at Stoke by Nayland.
Other scores: 73: Kelvin Vince and Alex Lucas 75: Joe Cardy and Phil Westley. 76: Tony Dobson and Bradley Wilkins.

Recognition for Alastair Spink

Alastair Spink, pictured left, Director of Coaching at Fynn Valley GC and County Development Officer for the Suffolk Golf Partnership, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards. Hosted by SportsCoach UK, the awards recognise and celebrate the talent, hard work and dedication of coaches and those involved in developing coaching.
Spink, a Fellow Professional of the PGA, is shortlisted for the Gillette Community Coach of the Year Award after the successful introduction of the ‘Here Come the Girls’ initiative at Fynn Valley Golf Club. The project, designed to increase women’s participation in golf, offers group coaching, focusing on learning through playing, and sees many of the coaching sessions taking place on the golf course. Since starting, over 250 women have enrolled, with many continuing their regular participation and some, now members of the golf club.
The coaching style is underpinned by learning theories that Spink is studying at the University of Birmingham. As part of a small cohort of coaches, he has recently gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching and is now in his third year of a Masters degree, with a coaching focus on gender culture and women’s participation within sport.
Alastair has also recently been involved in delivering a series of PGA coaching workshops, demonstrating the theory behind “Here come the Girls”, and illustrating how fellow professionals may be able to incorporate a similar framework within their own coaching.
The Awards take place at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London, on December 3.

Westley off to a flier as a pro 

......  and Dodd retains OOM (see separate section)

Phil Westley, pictured, made a flying start to his professional career with victory on his debut in the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA pro-am on his home course of Hintlesham. The left-handed Westley was a county first team player for Suffolk as an amateur. He had a round of five under par 67 that included seven birdies five of which came in rapid succession between the 13th and 18th holes.
It was drizzling for much of the day and the course was very wet with all bunkers deemed ground under repair. The greens stood up well to the conditions.
Joint runners-up were at four under par were Bradley Wilkins of Fynn Valley, also a first year assistant, and Ian Ellis of Costessey Park in Norfolk who will be representing the East Region in the Titleist PGA Play Offs in Turkey between November 23 and 25. Ellis had six birdies and two dropped shots.
Wilkins was one over on the first nine but had three birdies on his back nine as well as an eagle at the 501-yard par five 15th hole.
Lawrence Dodd of Bury Golf Range took fourth place with a round of three under par 69 that confirmed his place as winner of the Suffolk PGA order of merit for 2013 with Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) runner-up, Andrew Robinson (Stowmarket) third and Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) fourth.
Four players ended one under par. They were Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry), Matt Ransome (Seckford) and first year assistant Josh King (Waldringfield).

Professional scores

67: Phil Westley (Hintlesham).

68: Bradley Wilkins (Fynn Valley), Ian Ellis (Costessey Park).

69: Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range).

70: Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range).

71: Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Josh King (Waldringfield), Matt Ransome (Seckford), Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry).

72: James Peasey (Woodbridge), Joe Cardy (Stonham Barns).

74: Ollie Rush (Haverhill), Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns), Andrew Robinson (Stowmarket), Tim Cooper (Newton Green).

75: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley).

76: Paul Bate (Brett Vale).

77: Paul Wilby (Haverhill).

80: Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh).

Leading team scores

87 points: Wilkins, Andrew Dobrucki, Graham Roberts, Kane Mayes.

84: Westley, Russ Cunningham, Ian Procter, Russ Gissing; Peasey, Dom Rosser, Gary Seaman, Alan Scovell.

83: Ellis, Brad Smith, Mitch Smith, Randy Reynolds.

82: Latimer, Ian Duncan, Ian Hay, Roger Hall.

81: Cooper, Max Hemson, Gary Borthwick, Paddy Lockwood; Dobson, Mike Woolars, Dave Aldous, Tony Totton.

Mitchell is matchplay champion


Andrew Robinson loses final 4 and 3 in sunshine at Thorpeness



Neil Mitchell, (pictured above left with Andrew Robinson) of Bury Golf Range, a former amateur champion of Cumbria, won the Suffolk PGA matchplay championship at Thorpeness in impressive style. He beat Andrew Robinson (Stowmarket) 4 and 3 in a final in which he took control in the early stages and never let his grip loosen. The two-day tournament was played in glorious autumn weather, a contrast to the storm the previous day.
In the semi-final Mitchell scored a surprisingly easy 5 and 3 victory over an out-of-sorts Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) who had won the trophy in 2009 and 2011.
The other semi-final was a cliff hanger in which Robinson overcame Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley), a former European Tour player with three Challenge Tour victories in the nineties, at the first play-off hole.
Robinson was two up with three to play before Collison won his first hole of the round at the 16th and birdied the 17th to draw level. The 18th was halved. Collison’s drive found a fairway bunker at the first extra hole. His ball was right under the lip and he knew he had to go for the green. Two shots later he was still in the bunker and the match was lost.
The first day produced surprises when Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) and Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry), two of the Suffolk team which won the inaugural PGA England and Wales County Championship at The Belfry, were both knocked out.
Dodd lost to Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park) who birdied the first extra hole. Latimer was five down to Collison midway through the round before losing 4 and 3.
Robertson then gave Mitchell his toughest match of the event losing 3 and 1. Mitchell, though, must have been relieved not to face a second round tie against Dodd.
The holder, Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), was also a first round victim in another match that was settled on the first extra hole after his tee shot found trouble on the right. James Peasey (Woodbridge), whose driving was impressive, met Robinson in the second round. He was one down on the final tee when his drive found rough on the right as it was growing dark. The ball was lost and Peasey conceded.





Triumphant Peter Latimer, Kevin Earp, Lawrence Dodd with PGA chief executive Sandy Jones


Birthday boy Kevin Earp thanked team-mate Lawrence Dodd for giving him an extra special present as Suffolk captured the inaugural SkyCaddie PGA England & Wales Inter County Championship title at the Belfry.
Joining the celebrations was Peter Latimer who completed the three-man squad that received the brand new Dave Thomas Memorial Trophy and the winner’s cheque of £4,000.
Bury Golf Range pro Earp, 36 today, and Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) both praised Dodd (Bury Golf Range) after his second round five-under-par 67 proved the difference in their winning tally of six-over-par, with the best two rounds from three counting on each day in the £10,000 event.
Earp weighed in with a 75 for a combined second round score of two-under-par 142, 10 shots better than the first round when ‘brutal’ conditions on the opening day saw Dodd (77) and Latimer (75) give the East Anglian side a share of the overnight lead.
In second place, three shots further back on nine-over was the Lancashire trio of David Shacklady (Mossock Hall), Barry Taylor (Houghwood) and Jeff Mathews (Oak Royal), who earned £2,400. The Warwickshire threesome of Jak Hamblett (Handsworth), Darren Murphy (Stonebridge) and Fred Jewsbury (Stratford upon Avon) finished third in the five-team event on 10-over-par.
A smiling Earp said: “I said to the guys this morning go out and shoot a low one as I’d like a nice birthday present and Lawrence obliged!
“It’s been a great tournament as Lawrence and I are very good friends and I’ve got to know Peter over the last 18 months or so.
“We’ve spent time together up at the Belfry having a practice round and socialising between rounds and it’s been good. It’s nice to play a team event as we don’t get to do it as professionals very often.
“Yesterday was such a slog and must have been playing near 8,000 yards with the wind, the rain and off the back tees. It was brutal and a real test. Today, it was much better and gave us a much better chance of some scores and five-under-from Lawrence is just brilliant and that’s won us the tournament.”
Dodd, whose 67 included a flawless back nine, added: “It’s a bit unexpected to shoot that low, but I drove the ball great and putted very, very well.
“I thought level par for today would be good but for us to shoot a couple better was really good. It’s tough not knowing what your team-mates are doing but it just makes you keep going and you hope it all turns out all right.
“It’s a great event to play team golf as we don’t get to do it very often. This is a nice way to cap the year off.”
Latimer, a Scotsman by birth, also congratulated Dodd for his key role in the win, adding: “I’ve just got to say thanks to Lawrence. What more can you say. He did it for us today. It’s fantastic that we managed to win it.
“Yesterday I got my head down and played well whereas today I had a couple of bad swings and a couple of big numbers and that killed me. Overall it’s been a great event for all of us.”
The tournament was staged over the PGA National, designed by former PGA captain Dave Thomas, who recently passed away, and Peter Alliss. In recognition of Thomas’s contribution, his son Paul was on hand to present the trophy.
Thomas said: “Dad held the Association in high regard and I’m very honoured to present this trophy as part of this tournament and wish it every success for many, many years to come.”
PGA England & Wales Inter-County Championship sponsored by SkyCaddie

Pos. Score Team Names
1 294 (+6) Suffolk Lawrence Dodd, Kevin Earp, Peter Latimer
2 297 (+9) Lancashire David Shacklady, Jeff Mathews, Barry Taylor
3 298 (+10) Warwickshire Darren Murphy, Jak Hamblett, Fred Jewsbury
4 302 (+14) South Wales Sion Bebb, Joe Ferguson, Richard Brookman
5 308 (+20) Surrey David Callaway, Alan Lovelace, Nico Els

Dodd is champion after play-off

Lawrence Dodd (left) with the Mallinson Trophy and Richard Beadles. 

Lawrence Dodd of Bury Golf Range, a former England amateur international and 2012 Suffolk Open champion, won the Suffolk PGA stroke play title for the first time at Woodbridge.
He beat Richard Beadles of Royal Worlington at the third play-off hole after both players finished with one over par 141 after two rounds.
Beadles saw a birdie putt horseshoe out at the first and missed a six-foot birdie putt at the second. At the 529-yard par five third Dodd outdrive Beadles by some 50 yards and was just short of the green in two. He chipped dead to secure an easy birdie. Beadles was left with a 30-foot uphill putt from the fringe of the green but had to settle for a par. Beadles had led with a first round of one under par 69 and followed up with 72.
Dodd collected the Mallinson Trophy first won by A H Monk in 1927. Mr Mallinson also presented the Thorpeness Frigate, one of the most valuable trophies in the East of England, in the same period.
On the last occasion this event was staged at Woodbridge in 2008 Beadles was also involved in a play-off with Andrew Collison (Bungay) which was unresolved after 10 holes were played in par before bad light halted play. The trophy was shared.
Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) and Andrew Robinson were joint third both having rounds of 70 and 73. First year assistant Bradley Wilkins of Fynn Valley was joined fifth on 145 together with Adam Trett of Bury Golf Range. Seventh place went to Kevin Earp of Bury Golf Range, the 2012 winner, with 147.
Conditions at Woodbridge were excellent with the subtle greens putting well although there were some testing pin positions.

 Leading scores

141: L Dodd (Bury Golf Range) 71 70 beat Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) 69 72 at third play-off hole.

143: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) 70 73, Andrew Robinson (Stowmarket) 70 73.

145: Bradley Wilkins (Fynn Valley) 70 75, Adam Trett (Bury Golf Range) 75 70.

147: Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range) 74 73.

148: Keith Preston (Aldeburgh) 74 74.

149: Ben Mellon (Newton Green) 74 75 Alastair Spink (Fynn Valley) 75 74, Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) 76 73.

150: Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 79 71, Andrew Collison 76 74, James Peasey 75 75, Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre) 75 75, Tim Cooper (Newton Green) 74 76, Ollie Rush (Haverhill) 73 77.

152: Gary Kitley (Rookery Park) 81 71.

153: Paul Wilby (Haverhill) 75 78.

155: Ian Scott (Bungay) 82 73, Alex Lucas (Waldringfield) 77 78.

157: Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) 78 79.

158: Daniel Skriabin (Ufford Park) 79 79.

159: Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park) 79 80, Christopher Oldrey (Thorpeness) 79 80.


  'Mitch' triumphs at Felixstowe

Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range won the Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup in windy conditions at Felixstowe Ferry










Neil Mitchell (left, winner of SPGA Town and Country Cars Cup), sponsor Steve Gray (holding trophy) and losing finalist Lawrence Dodd. 

He beat former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd 5 and 4 in the final. Mitchell went two up after three holes and never allowed his lead to slip.
Dodd, just back from a family holiday in Spain, must have felt they it was not his day on the fourth green when he seemed sure to pull hole back until Mitchell sank a 40-foot birdie putt for a half.
Mitchell had six birdies and, although Dodd’s short game was sound, he was unable to sink the vital putts that would have brought him back into the match.
On the 11th Dodd hit two tee shots out of bounds to go four down. He birdied the par-three 12th near the club with a slippery seven-foot putt but found a bunker off the tee at the 13th and it was all over on the 14th green after he missed the short putt he needed to keep him in the game.
Apart from a heavy shower midway through the round the sun was shining. Mitchell’s has found a seam of good form since switching from his belly putter to a short putter. He won the competitive East Region pro-am at Chelmsford and puts down his recent improved form to two things. He has started using a GolfBand for stretching exercises and has been coached by Mark Sturgess at Bourn to sharpen his all round game.
In the semi-final in the morning Mitchell had a tremendous tussle with Chris Smith of Fynn Valley winning at the first extra hole. Both players had chances to clinch victory over the final three holes.
Smith was one up on the 16th tee but put his tee shot into thick rough to the left of the green and went back to all square.
Smith regained his lead on the 17th after Mitchell missed a four-foot par putt for a half. At the final hole Smith was short with his approach and, although Mitchell missed his seven-foot birdie putt, a par proved enough to draw level. A disappointed Smith again three-putted at the first extra hole.
Dodd was handed a walkover by Tony Dobson in the other semi-final. Dobson opted to travel to Wychwood Park to caddy for his son Hugo in stage one of the PGA European Tour School.

Robinson appointed at Southwold
Andrew Robinson has been appointed as head professional at Southwold Golf Club. He will start his new job on January 1.
Robinson was an amateur at Rushmere when he played first team golf for Suffolk in the Anglian League. He completed his PGA training under Ian MacPherson at Felixstowe Ferry where he was a popular member of staff. He moved on following MacPherson’s retirement.
A spell teaching when attached to Lowestoft Golf Range was followed being appointed assistant professional at Stowmarket Golf Club working with Jon Markham.
He was joint runner-up with Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) in the Suffolk Open Championship this year one shot behind Jack Cardy at Stowmarket. He had previously been runner-up when losing in a play-off at Gorleston in 2006. He has also been a consistent player in PGA East Region order of merit events in recent years.
Southwold club secretary Roger Sweet said: “It is an exciting appointment for the club to have a young professional with plenty of fresh ideas.”
For many years Southwold’s professional was the late Brian Allen who was also the club’s head green-keeper.

Assistants’  Trophy for Peter
Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry, a former Scottish amateur international, won the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA Assistants’ Championship at Hintlesham with rounds of 70 and 69 to leave him five under par for the tournament.

CHAMPION: Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry receives the Suffolk Assistants’ Trophy from Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower at Hintlesham. Runner-up Lawrence Dodd is on the left


The runner-up was former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd with 78 in the morning when he found too much of the very deep rough and the day’s best round of 67 in the afternoon when his accuracy off the tee improved dramatically.
Third place went to Ian Scott of Bungay and Waveney Valley whose second round of 73 enabled him to overtake his other four rivals.
The field, as usual, was made up by invited amateurs playing for vouchers. This year Phil Westley of Hintlesham recorded the best morning round of 69, which included three birdies and an eagle at the final hole. He followed up with 72 in the afternoon to stay one shot ahead of Chris Soanes of Rookery Park who had 10 birdies and an eagle in his two rounds of 72 and 70. Both Westley and Soanes are planning to join the professional ranks later this year having played regular county first team golf for Suffolk.
Luke Thompson of Rookery Park, always consistent, took third place three shots off the pace. There were the inevitable back luck stories.
Rob Salter of Hintlesham, the Suffolk under-18 boys’ captain, was two under par in his first round playing the 457-yard par-four 14th. Five minutes was spent unsuccessfully searching for his ball in the deep rough on the left before he went back to play three off the tee. Subsequently his ball was found in semi-rough not far from where he had left his clubs. How everyone missed it remains a mystery. He dropped two shots and ended level par for the round.
Jordan Bloomfield of Rushmere needed a birdie at the last on his second round to claim third place. Instead he dropped a shot while his playing partner, Jed Seeley of Newton Green, produced an eagle to collect the handicap prize thanks to his second round of one under par 71. Bloomfield was impressive all day until that costly final hole.
Fifteen-year-old Lewis Whiting, a member at Haverhill who holds his handicap at Gog Magog, again looked an exciting prospect with rounds of 76 and 72.

Dell Bower Suffolk PGA Assistants’ Trophy: 139: Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) 70 69. 145: Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) 78 67. 154: I Scott (Bungay) 81 73. 156: J King (Waldringfield) 84 72. 157: E Garrard (Rookery Park) 81 76. 150: D Skriabin (Ufford Park) 77 82 160: J Markham (Aldeburgh) 82 78.
Tony Garnett Amateur Trophy: 141: P Westley (Hintlesham) 69 72. 142: C Soanes (Rookery Park) 72 70. 144: L Thompson (Rookery Park) 71 73. 146: R Salter (Hintlesham) 72 74, J Bloomfield (Rushmere) 72 74. 148: J Seeley (Newton Green) 77 71 (handicap winner), L Whiting (Haverhill) 76 72. 149: C Bartrum (Diss) 75 74. 150: L Staff (Aldeburgh) 76 74. 151: A Hall (Halesworth) 76 75. 152: J Biggs (Diss) 77 75. 154: M Mann (Woodbridge) 76 78. 155: D Jennings (Rushmere) 78 77, G Copsey (Felixstowe Ferry) 73 82. 156: C Sherwood (Rookery Park) 79 77 157: J Robertson (Ufford Park) 82 75. 163: M Perrett (Haverhill) 81 82.

Victory for Dodd at Chigwell

Lawrence Dodd, pictured above, (Bury Golf Range) believes he is coming into his best years as a player after winning the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship qualifier at Chigwell. Dodd headed the field by just one shot after being the only player to go under par on a day of tricky scoring.
He carded a one under par round of 70 to join 16 other qualifiers from the event who will contest the £32,000 grand final which is supported by FootJoy and will be held between August 7 and 9 at Coventry Golf Club. He had five birdies, four in his first eight holes.
Dodd is a second year assistant but has experience of the European Tour and the PGA Europro Tour.
He said: “My golf career has been all about playing. I represented England as an amateur and went to Tour School in 2008 and 2009.
“But now I have a family which means there are other responsibilities to think of so I decided to take the PGA route to give myself other career options in golf. However I’m 30 this year and I’d like to think I have a lot of good golf in me yet and hope I’ll be able to take the playing side further as I think I’m becoming a better player.”
Dodd returns to the final after tying for 12th place last year at East Sussex National. “I wanted another crack at the final even though I know very little about Coventry so I’ll be going into it blind. I’d like to improve on last year if I can.”
Felixstowe Ferry’s Peter Latimer missed out in a play-off. He was among the nine players on six under par. Two did not show for the play-off for one player could go through from the remaining seven. Latimer was in the final three only to lose out to a birdie at the second play-off hole.

Suffolk professionals have edge

Suffolk PGA won a keenly contested match against a Suffolk county team at Rushmere by four holes (Hambro scoring) or two and a half matches to one and a half.
In the top match Lawrence Dodd and Keith Preston appeared to have matters well in hand until Josh Cottrell and Matt Mann won three holes in succession to go one up on the 18th tee. Dodd and Preston salvaged a half by winning the last.
Haverhill professionals Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush have an impressive track record in this annual fixture. They took control of their match against Chris Vince, also from Haverhill, and Sam Truman of Woodbridge and ended four up.
It was the same score-line when Kevin Earp and host professional Kelvin Vince beat Nathan Overton and Alastair Hall.
In the fourth game the Rookery Park amateurs, Chris Soanes and Guy Mummery, played very steadily to overcome Chris Smith and Peter Latimer by four holes. The professional pair won the last.

Spectacular run of birdies for Rush

Ollie Rush of Haverhill produced a round of three under par 70 at Cambridge Meridian Golf Club to lead the 31 qualifiers for the Virgin Atlantic Classic to be played at Stock Brook Golf and Country Club on August 7 and 8. Joint runners-up at two under par were Matt Spencer of Mill Green and James Johnstone of Manor of Groves.
Rush was three over par on the seventh tee but then enjoyed a purple patch when he reeled off six birdies in his next nine holes. He dropped a shot at the 16th but birdied the last. Johnstone had a distinction of recording the only two eagles of the day on the 529-yard par five fourth hole and the 300-yard par four 11th. Players with seven over par 80 earned a place in the Virgin Atlantic Classic which will be the fifth of six East Region order of merit events of the year also supported by Virgin Atlantic.

Congratulations to Ian

Ian Scott, pictured right, assistant at Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club, has been named as Top Year Two Assistant in the East Region. He received his award from Dr Kyle Philpotts, head of PGA training, at the annual meeting of the PGA in England (East) annual meeting held at Bishop’s Stortford. The sponsors are TGI Golf.
Ian’s three-year Foundation degree course covers coaching, biomechanics, equipment technology, business studies and personal and career development. He won a coaching award in Year One.
He joined Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club as a 12-year-old junior in 2007. He won the club’s junior championship and was junior captain in 2008.
He left school at 18 and has worked under head professional Andrew Collison.

Smith wins Thorpeness event
Chris Smith of Fynn Valley won the second Spring Suffolk PGA pro-only event in sunshine at Thorpeness. His three over par round of 72 included three birdies in conditions made tricky by a cool sea breeze.
Runner-up three shots behind was Paul Connell of Hintlesham with last year’s PGA East Region captain Paul Wilby (Haverhill) in third place with 76. A double on the final hole cost Wilby second place. Frank Hill, a former PGA East Region captain, was fourth on his home course with 77.

Trainor makes early impact

Barrie Trainor of Old Joe’s Golf Range near Sudbury, seen here with Keith Preston, made an immediate impact in his first Suffolk PGA event since his move from Ireland.

His round of two over par 70 in bitterly cold conditions was enough to win the Suffolk PGA pro-only medal round at Aldeburgh. He was level par to the turn with one birdie but dropped two shots on the back nine.

Trainor, who won the Irish PGA order of merit in 2011 and was placed third last year, will be practising in preparation for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May for which he qualified with a seventh place finish in the PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.

Joint runners-up at Aldeburgh were Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range and Andrew Collison of Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Range. They both signed for rounds of 73. Collison dropped two shots on the first hole after finding trouble off the tee and was two over at the turn. He dropped three more shots as the north-east wind provided an additional chill factor.

Mitchell was six over at the turn but was one under on his second nine with successive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.

Chris Smith of Fynn Valley took fourth place with 74 with Keith Preston on his home course, Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) and Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) with rounds of 76. Tim Cooper of Newton Green had three birdies.

Leading Scores

70: Barrie Trainor (Old Joe’s Golf Range). 73: Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range), Andrew Collison (Bungay). 74: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley). 76: Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Kelvin Vince (Rushmere), Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry). 79: Robin Mann (Southwold), Tim Cooper (Newton Green), Ollie Rush (Haverhill).

Changes to the Suffolk Open benefits members

The Suffolk Open Championship in 2013 will be held at Stowmarket on Sunday, August 11th over 36 holes. It will be a one-day event which should be of benefit to Suffolk PGA members.

SGU have made this change hoping to attract more professionals into the field.

Another change in the Suffolk Open regulations is that players are eligible “if they have not played in another county Open event in the current calendar year”. It used to be “in the preceding 365 days” which ruled out players like Ben Kerr and Richard Beadles and might also have ruled out Gary Kitley. 

Success for Aldeburgh pair



Keith Preston (left), head professional at Aldeburgh Golf Club, receives the Joe Proudfoot Trophy from SPGA President Dell Bower after his better ball round of 68 with club assistant Simon Reeve.



 Keith Preston and his Aldeburgh assistant Simon Reeve won the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Cup, a better ball medal, at Felixstowe Ferry in high winds at made the final three holes a terrific test for the entire field.

They had five birdies and an eagle in their four-under par round of 68. Preston followed up his success in the Suffolk PGA match play at Thorpeness in October. The Aldeburgh pair beat Felixstowe Ferry’s Robert Joyce and Peter Latimer by one shot. The home professionals ended with 69, out in 37 but back in 32. They were level with Ollie Rush (Haverhill) and Tim Cooper (Newton Green) who were out in 33 and back in 36.

Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) and Joe Cardy (Stonham Barns) signed for 70. Cardy drove the green at the 387-yard wind-assisted 15th hole. Tony Moore and Andy Kirk of Ufford Park had 71 and Kelvin Vince (Rushmere) and Paul Bate (Brett Vale) scored 72.




Professionals help out Theatre Royal, Bury  

Norfolk professionals dominated the pro-am at Stowmarket when 17 teams turned out to help raise funds for the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal’s community and education programme. The event was organised by Ian Duncan who looks after our Suffolk PGA website together with Graham Cook.

Norfolk Open champion Ian Ellis of Costessey Park won the day with one under par 68 beating Barnham Broom assistant Alex Beckett by one shot.

Third place went to Danny Chapman of Weston Park. Leading Suffolk professional was Paul Connell of Hintlesham with 74. Stowmarket professional Jon Markham had 75.

The Stowmarket team of Markham, club secretary Geoff Scott, Kenton Jameson and David Walker scored 81 points, Walker’s birdie at the last proving crucial.

He was beaten for nearest the pin when Stowmarket’s Kevin Francis won the use of a Mercedes for a weekend offered by Robinsons Mercedes.

Halesworth amateurs, Paul Wright, Stephen Bloss and Sean Clements were team runners-up with Beckett one point behind. Ellis led the Baker Tilly team of Stephen Duffety, Graham Sykes and Jeff van Oevelen to third place with 79 points.

James Tyler (Ipswich and Felixstowe Golf Centre) won the longest drive prize of a year’s subscription to the East Anglian Daily Times. Paul Barnes from King’s Lynn won a gift voucher from Cabana Boutique of Bury St Edmunds for nearest the pin in two.

Theatre Royal chief executive Simon Daykin presented the professional prizes and thanked the Stowmarket Golf Club and event organiser Ian Duncan (Club Noticeboard managing director), for supporting the event which was able to raise substantial funds for the Theatre.

Ipswich Town legends Mick Mills, Bryan Hamilton and Ian Collard took part on a successful day when the weather stayed dry after overnight rain.

The main sponsor was Worldwide Theatrix, a television production company that was originally started by the late David Croft and is now led by Ann Croft, a member of the Theatre Royal Development Board. Other sponsors included Ashton KCJ, Century Logistics, Highland Ltd, Archant, Clear Swing (professional golf club cleaning service) and CNB (

 Preston wins SPGA match play 


Keith Preston (left) shakes hands with a vanquished Lawrence Dodd after his 5 and 4 victory in the final of the Suffolk PGA Matchplay Championship.

Keith Preston of Aldeburgh, a Fellow of the PGA and head coach to Suffolk men, ladies and boys, won the Suffolk PGA match play title for the first time in windy conditions at Thorpeness.

The 48-year-old Preston played some of the best golf of his career to overcome Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns) in the first round and then holder Chris Smith of Fynn Valley in the quarter-finals. Smith had won the Ransomes Cup twice in the last three years.

In the semi-final Preston claimed the scalp of former Scottish amateur international Peter Latimer who is a first year trainee at Felixstowe Ferry. Preston closed out a 3 and 2 victory with a tee shot to within five feet at the 206-yard par three 16th hole. He birdied three of the final five holes of a match that had been nip and tuck up to the 12th.

In the final Preston went ahead with a birdie at the first against former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) and never looked back. Dodd, with PGA European Tour and Challenge Tour experience, has completed his first year of PGA training.

Preston went four up at the turn with a slice of luck. Both players were in ferns to the left of the fairway with their second shots. Preston found his ball. Dodd did not.

A birdie at the par-three 10th put Preston five up. He lost the 13th when Dodd had a birdie and Preston was in trouble to the left of the green but it was all over after the par-five 14th. Dodd’s prodigious second shot flew through the back of the green Preston chipped to eight feet and sunk the birdie putt. Dodd’s third, from lush grass, was 12 feet short of the pin. He missed the slippery downhill birdie putt.

Preston was accurate off the tee, played some tremendous approach shots and putted well on the excellent Thorpeness greens. He started as the outsider when faced with the holder in the quarter-final and then two former amateur internationals on the second day. He maintained his concentration and, once ahead, was tenacious and in no mood to let Dodd back into the match.

In the other semi-final Dodd had swept away the challenge of Alex Lucas, the head professional from Waldringfield, by a 5 and 4 margin.

First round.

Weather: Sunny with a chill in the air.

Matt Ransome (Seckford) beat Paul Bate (Brett Vale) 5 and 4. Ransome held a slender lead at the seventh hole but pulled away to a notable victory over a former winner of the Ransomes Cup. For a player whose competitive golfing opportunities are limited but who has established a good reputation as a coach, Ransome must feel pleased with this success.

Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) beat Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh) two up. Reeve looked likely to surprise a player who finished 18th in the PGA East Region order of merit. He was two up with six holes to play but then errors crept and his chances slipped away.

Keith Preston (Aldeburgh) beat Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns) 3 and 2. Both players were striking the ball well. Dobson held a narrow lead for a while and played some stunning approach shots. In the end his putting let him down.

Robin Mann (Southwold) beat Ollie Rush (Haverhill) one up. Beware the injured golfer! Mann, allowed a buggie for medical reasons, was taken all the way by Rush who lost on the last after having to take three off the tee. Rush played well and was unlucky to lose.

Alex Lucas (Waldringfield beat Rob Joyce (Felixstowe Ferry) 2 and 1. Lucas was ahead most of the time but Joyce, a good putter, kept in touch until the 17th green when his challenge ended.

Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) beat Paul Connell (Hintlesham) 5 and 3. This was a repeat of the 2010 final with the same outcome. The margin of victory flattered Beadles who twice chipped in. On the ninth both players had birdies. Beadles chipped in from some distance after Connell had played a memorable approach shot leaving his putt a formality.


Weather: Wind became stronger but still sunny.

Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) beat Ransome 6 and 5. Latimer, who had a bye in the first round, was too steady for Ransome who won the sixth to be only one down. Then holes started to slip away from the Seckford player.
Preston beat Smith one up. This was the closest of the quarter-finals which was in the balance until the very end. Preston drew level on the 16th and went on to victory.
Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) beat Mann 2 and 1. Four down midway through the round, with Dodd striking the ball splendidly, it says much for Mann’s dogged spirit that the match was taken to the 17th green. Mann chipped in from a greenside bunker at the 15th to keep his slender hopes alive.
Lucas beat Beadles 3 and 2. The 2010 winner made a slow start. Lucas usually has a strong long game but this time it was his short game that won the day. Beadles can play devastating golf but not on this occasion apart from holing a 45-foot putt on the 12th to reduce the arrears. 


Earp is new Suffolk PGA champion


Sponsor Detmar Hackman of Sabona Rheumatic Relief Company presents the Mallinson Cup to new Suffolk PGA stroke play champion Kevin Earp at Southwold. Third-placed Lawrence Dodd (left) and runner-up Peter Latimer (right) were also both below par over 36 holes.


Kevin Earp of Bury Golf Range won the Mallinson Cup as the 2012 Suffolk PGA stroke play champion with rounds of 69 and 67 at Southwold to put him four under par for the tournament. He collected the first prize of £1000 as his reward for some marvellous golf.

He held off a strong challenge from former Scottish amateur international Peter Latimer of Felixstowe Ferry and former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd of Bury Golf Range.

Latimer, who played in the Home internationals in 2010, has started his PGA training under Robert Joyce at Felixstowe. He finished one shot behind Earp and watched as the winner sunk a five-foot pressure putt for birdie on the final hole in front of the club house to clinch victory.

Dodd, the Suffolk Open Champion with plenty of experience at top level, was two shots behind Earp. He was in the same group as Latimer which provided compelling viewing as they battled it out with little to choose between them.

Earp was first round leader with 69 with Latimer and Dodd both signing for level par 70. It was good competitive golf on a nine-hole course which received plaudits from everyone. It was one of the best SPGA championships since the silver trophy was presented in 1927. It was also the first time it has been hosted by Southwold whose members seemed to enjoy the occasion just as much as the players appreciated a course which some of them had never previously visited.

Earp was out in 33 in the morning with three birdies and one dropped shot. He was one over on his second nine.

There was better still to come from Earp in the afternoon. He was out in 33 once again. When he dropped a shot at the par-five 15th a play-off looked on the cards with Latimer and Dodd matching each other shot for shot in the group in front.

Latimer saw a long putt at the 16th hover on the lip and he and Dodd went into the final two holes locked together at two under par. At the 17th, one of the biggest tests of the Southwold course, Latimer sunk a stunning 40-foot birdie putt to ease ahead of Dodd who had to settle for par.

At the last Latimer was on the green but well short of the pin. Dodd had a 10-foot putt to draw level but it just missed.

Latimer’s putting was at times sensational while Dodd’s ball-striking was top class. Both were helped by knowlegable caddies, Felixstowe Stenson Shield player Jimmy Price with Latimer and Suffolk county second team regular Dean Fairweather with Dodd.

Alex Lucas of Waldringfield, who has played far less tournament golf than in the past, was a commendable fourth with two consistent rounds of one over par 71. It was good to see him playing so well.

Stuart Robertson of Ufford Park took fifth place with the help of a level par second round of 70 that included birdies on three of the five par-threes with pars on the other two.

Sixth place was shared by Andrew Collison, the head professional and secretary at Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club, and Chris Smith of Fynn Valley. Both already have their names engraved on the Mallinson Cup.

Paul Wilby of Haverhill, chairman of Suffolk PGA and captain of PGA East Region, was among those in contention with a level par opening round. His second round of 75 saw him slip to eighth place.

Matt Ransome, making a name for himself teaching at Seckford, had a right to be pleased with his rounds of 73 and 74 which was matched by Aldeburgh’s Keith Preston who started his second round with three successive birdies.



New sponsor Sabona has supplied many top sports personalities

Many readers will have watched Martin Kaymer raise his arms in jubilation (or was it relief) when he sunk the winning putt in the Ryder Cup. How many will have noticed that he was wearing a copper bracelet supplied by Sabona Rheumatic Relief Company who are a welcome new sponsor for Suffolk PGA?

The company was formed in 1959 when the health benefits of copper began to be recognised in countries outside Africa where its healing power has been known for generations.

The late Seve Ballesteros used to wear a Sabona bracelet. So do well known golfers and cricketers such as Ernie Els, John Daly, Mark McNulty, Justin Leonard, Ian Woosnam, Sir Ian Botham and Sir Gary Sobers.

The Duke of Edinburgh wears a Sabona bracelet and soon Suffolk club golfers with aches and twinges will be following in the footsteps of the famous names as Suffolk PGA professionals start to stock the products in their shops.

Sabona have sponsored Suffolk Ladies in recent years but now their connection with Suffolk PGA will lead to a greater local awareness. At present Sabona is perhaps better known abroad. They are hoping to branch out into the emerging golf market in China.

Hole sponsors at Southwold, for which SPGA is grateful, were:

Lord Nelson (Southwold) David Sanchez.

D and A Hammett (DCH Builders).

Jeremy Ladd (Plumber).

KP Glass Fibre and Plastering (Keith Southey).

Duncan and Son (Southwold) Ltd Builders (Mark Aldred).

Norton Peskett (solicitors).

T R S Trenter.

Boggis Electricals (Jeremy Turner).

Paul Booth Plumbing.


Beadles impressed

Richard Beadles, head professional at Royal Worlington, has never previously played at Southwold. Although disappointed with his golf, until he produced birdies at his final two holes, he said: “They are nine excellent holes without a weak one amongst them.”

Green keepers rewarded

Southwold green-keepers Nick Lamb and Sam Nunn had the course in excellent order and have clearly maintained the traditions and standards of the late Brian Allen. They were presented with a box of lager each by Suffolk PGA. The annual work to hollow-tine the greens was delayed until this week so that they were in splendid order for the championship.

Robinson’s wrist injury

Andrew Robinson (Lowestoft Driving Range), who finished in 16th place in the PGA East Region order of merit, was forced to miss this year’s SPGA championship because of a wrist injury sustained while teaching. Two other experienced Suffolk professionals, Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) and Frank Hill (Thorpeness), were absent because of holiday commitments.


Dodd continues good form 

Lawrence Dodd, the former England amateur international, won the Suffolk Open Championship at Bury St Edmunds where he started his golfing career.

A spectacular third and final round of 66, thought to be a professional course record, left him five shots clear of his closest rivals.

Dodd, who was ineligible to play in this event until he started his PGA training at Bury Golf Range, last October, has now completed the set of Suffolk titles. He won the amateur championship in three times in 2000, 2001 and 2003, the Suffolk match play title in 2001 and 2002 as well as the junior stroke play and match play trophies.

Dodd was the first professional winner of the Faraday Cup since Simon Dainty in 2006. Faraday, incidentally, was the first Suffolk Golf Union president in 1924 and served as president from 1926 to 1935.

Although Dodd started as pre-tournament favourite on course he knows so well it was a different matter after his opening round of 75. He trailed fellow professional Paul Wilby of Haverhill by seven shots with Jack Cardy of Hintlesham lying second with two under par 70 and holder Patrick Spraggs of Stowmarket and Aldeburgh’s Will Wright signing for level par 72.

It was all change on the second day. Spraggs produced a second round of 68 to take the lead at four under par. Few would at that stage have backed against him repeating Robin Mann’s hat-trick of Suffolk Open successes.

It was in the final 45 minutes that the real picture emerged. Dodd finished in style with birdies at the final two holes to be five under par for the tournament.

In the meantime Spraggs had three-putted on three successive holes and had ground to make up. Then a seven at the 17th ended his chances.

Chris Soanes of Rookery Park only just made the cut with an opening of 78 but came back with all guns blazing with two rounds of 69 to be level par for the tournament. He was never really expecting much after the opening day but ended with the Easterbrook Trophy as leading amateur.

Alastair Hall of Halesworth emerged as the player to challenge Dodd. Hall was one shot behind at four under par for the tournament with two holes to play. Then an eight down the 17th not only ended his chances but also cost him second place on count back.

Hall qualified for the match play stage of the English Championship and has developed into one of Suffolk’s most consistent players. Cardy’s second round of 76 dropped him back while Wright, Phil Westley (Hintlesham) and Mark Rea (Flempton) were all steady without producing the really low round that was needed.

Paul Wilby had a good tournament with Haverhill assistant Ollie Rush also putting up a good show to finish third of the professionals. Alex Lucas, Andrew Robinson and Stuart Robertson were joint fourth of the pros.

Suffolk amateur champion Sam Forgan (Stowmarket) lost ground in his final round. Trevor Titcombe of Bury St Edmunds won the handicap prize by two shots from Suffolk junior match play champion Jasper Johnson of Woodbridge.

Bury St Edmunds Golf Club staged this prestige event wonderfully well. They provided a very smart scoreboard, impressive advertising round the first tee and a course in superb condition. Some of the fairways were narrow but those who could hit straight reaped the reward. The greens were true and the slight breeze kept players’ minds active. FULL SCORES IN RESULTS SECTION.

Earp wins Envirocars Trophy 

ENVIROCARS CUP: Kevin Earp (right) receives the trophy from Lee Dinmore watched by losing finalist Jon Markham of Stowmarket and Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower.

Kevin Earp, who is attached to Bury Golf Range, ended a run of losing finals in Suffolk PGA match play events when he won the Envirocars Cup against Jon Markham of Stowmarket by a 3 and 2 margin at Rushmere.
Earp, attached to Bury Golf Range, was three under par when he closed out a match which he had dominated from the early stages.
Earp was four up early on. Markham battled back but had left himself with too much of a mountain to climb.
Earp has lost Suffolk PGA Winter Cup finals against Alex Lucas, Danny Barton and Richard Davies in recent years and also lost a SPGA match play final against Andrew Collison at Thorpeness. Now he has achieved a break through to collect the first prize of £500 with Markham collecting £350.
The semi-finals were played in the morning. Earp, three up against Andrew Robinson after 11 holes, was taken to the last green before clinching a narrow victory in a match of good quality. Robinson, now attached to the Lowestoft Driving Range, was a junior member at Rushmere before turning professional. He will seldom have seen the Rushmere fairways so green. The wet summer has worked wonders for the course.
In the other semi-final the holder, Richard Davies of Halesworth, appeared short of match practice as Markham built up a substantial lead and went on to win 7 and 6 just before a heavy downpour.
The competition started in December with 30 players. Earp beat Harry Mills (now at The Berkshire), Ben Kerr of West Suffolk Golf Centre and Robert Pritchard of Cretingham at the first extra hole on his way to the semi-final.
Markham had claimed the scalps of Simon Jay (Seckford), Frank Hill (Thorpeness) and Keith Preston (Aldeburgh).

The event was sponsored for the first time by former Suffolk county golfer Lee Dinmore who has introduced Envirocars, a taxi service in the region using hybrid engines which are cheaper to run and environmentally friendly. 


Dodd wins Assistants'

CHAMPION: Lawrence Dodd (left) won the Suffolk PGA Assistants’ Championship sponsored by president Dell Bower (centre). Winner of the amateur section was Jack Cardy who plays off plus two and was two under par on the day.

Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) won the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA Assistants’ Championship at Hintlesham on Monday with rounds of 68 and 70 in windy conditions with punishing rough. He was four under par on the day.

His first round included an eagle at the 501-yard par five 15th hole and four birdies. He was level par on his second round despite a double bogey at the 17th.

Runner-up Chris Smith (Fynn Valley), who won the trophy in 2010, was two under par in the morning but two over in the afternoon. Third place went to Joe Cardy of Stonham Barns beating Tony Moore (Ufford Park) who battled on despite a painful elbow which will be needing surgery.

There was a strong field of 22 invited amateurs. Jack Cardy, who won the Hintlesham club championship on Saturday, went on to beat his Suffolk county colleagues for the £200 voucher. He was one behind Josh Cottrell (Ipswich) after the opening round. His two under par second round saw him home by two shots.

Phil Westley of Hintlesham, who won the amateur trophy a year ago, had to settle for the third place voucher with steady rounds of 73 and 74.

Patrick Spraggs, who played in the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath last week, was only three shots off the pace at lunch. Then a disastrous nine down the second put him out of realistic contention although he conjured up seven birdies in a second round of 76.

Twelve of the eight players who played for Suffolk in the Anglian League matches against Northamptonshire were included in a select field. Chris Soanes (Rookery Park) and Chris Bartrum (Diss) both signed for 76 in their two rounds.

There was an eye-catching display from Scott Edwards. The seven-handicapper from Newton Green was the only player out of category one in the field. He rose to the occasion with rounds of 77 and 78 to win the newly-introduced net voucher.

Of the younger players Matt Mann (Woodbridge) was the most consistent with 78 and 75. Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) and Sam Truman (Woodbridge) made up for poor opening rounds with two over par 74 returns in the afternoon. Lewis Staff (Aldeburgh) was well placed with 75 in the morning but then faded.

Sam Forgan, this year’s Suffolk amateur champion, had to withdraw after reaching the final stage of the Open Championship where he played in the same group as Peter Uihlein at Southport and Ainsdale.


Jon Markham steps up
Jon Markham has been appointed as Head Professional at Stowmarket Golf Club where he has been assistant to Duncan Burl who will now concentrate on his business at the Stowmarket Golf Centre which has a driving range and nine-hole facility.


Harry Mills leaves Haverhill


Haverhill Golf Club assistant Harry Mills has joined the team at The Berkshire Golf Club but will be returning to play at the Coupals Road course in the PGA East Region pro-am on June 29.

Haverhill’s head professional Paul Wilby, the PGA East Region captain, said: “Harry will be moving into Steven Moye’s post who was also a former assistant professional at Haverhill. It is a fantastic opportunity for Harry who joined the Golf Club back in 2002 as a junior. In 2009 he embarked on a career to become a PGA professional and, on behalf of everyone at Haverhill Golf Club, I should like to congratulate Harry on his new appointment and wish him all the very best for his future.” Moye is emigrating to New Zealand. Mills was leading professional in the Suffolk Open Championship played at Halesworth last year.


 Ian Ellis wins play-off

Costessey Park star wins Millennium Trophy with Mitchell as runner-up

Ian Ellis of Costessey Park won the Millennium Trophy, a 36-hole biennial tournament for the members of Suffolk and Norfolk PGA’s, played at Hintlesham Golf Club.
Ellis and Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) were both five under par over two rounds played in light rain for much of the day. Ellis took the trophy with a par at the first play-off hole. Mitchell’s drive ended amongst trees but his approach found the fringe of the green. Ellis was on in two. His birdie putt needed one more roll. Mitchell had a three-foot putt to keep the contest alive but missed.
Ellis led by one shot after his first round of three under par 69. He had seven birdies on the day. Mitchell had 69 in his second round and had 10 birdies overall.
Third place went to Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) who is a former England amateur international with experience both on the PGA European Tour and PGA Challenge Tour. Dodd, a first year assistant, had rounds of 72 and 70.
Robert Pritchard of Cretingham was fourth with 71 and 72 with Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) taking fourth place on level par.
Barnham Broom assistant Alex Beckett was fifth at one over with Shane Warren (Bramford Golf Centre) sixth at two over.
The holder, Tony Varney of Bawburgh, who won the event when it was played at Great Yarmouth and Caister in 2010, was well in contention with an opening round of 71 but fell away in the afternoon. Danny Barton (Felixstowe Golf Centre), who won when the event was played at Hintlesham in 2008, retired with an injured shoulder.

Suffolk PGA won the champagne decided on the aggregate score over 36 holes for their top eight players which came to 15 over par as compared to 21 over par for Norfolk PG

All scores appear under the Results Section

 Joyce putt proves crucial

Robert Joyce, head professional at Felixstowe Ferry, sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green at Rushmere to help Suffolk PGA to a narrow victory over a Suffolk Golf Union team preparing for their Anglian League campaign.

It was a foursomes match with Hambro scoring with each team winning two matches. Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis, Suffolk’s most experienced pair, had the edge over their county coaches Keith Preston and Joyce. The Rookery Park duo won by three holes. As it turned out a four-hole win would have seen the match end level overall so the putt from Joyce to reduce the deficit at the last hole was crucial.



COUNTY WARM-UP: From left: Chris Soanes, Robert Joyce, Ben Wallis and Keith Preston during their match between Suffolk Golf Union and Suffolk PGA at Rushmere.

Phil Westley and Josh Cottrell played exemplary golf to overcome senior players, Robin Mann and Tony Dobson, by seven holes. The PGA pair from Haverhill, Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush, won the fourth match on course by eight holes.

Lawrence Dodd and Andrew Robinson beat Nathan Overton and Matt Mann by three holes in the first match on course that started soon after a thunderstorm has passed overhead. After that there was the occasional shower.

At Rushmere: Suffolk Golf Union lost to Suffolk PGA by one hole.
Scores: SGU names first: Nathan Overton and Matt Mann lost to Lawrence Dodd and Andrew Robinson by three holes, Phil Westley and Josh Cottrell beat Robin Mann and Tony Dobson by seven holes, Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis beat Keith Preston and Robert Joyce by three holes, Ryan Talbot and Chris Bartrum lost to Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush by eight holes.

     Lawrence Dodd wins pro-only event at Thorpeness 



Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) centre after winning the Suffolk PGA pro-only medal competition at Thorpeness by one shot from Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre) left and Robin Mann (Southwold).


Lawrence Dodd, a former England amateur international who turned professional in 2006, has played both on the PGA European Tour and the PGA Challenge Tour. Now he is a first year assistant at the Bury Golf Range and will be a power in Suffolk golf this year.

Dodd won the Suffolk PGA pro-only medal competition at Thorpeness with a two over par round of 71. Dodd was one under at the turn but dropped three shots on his back nine. The new back tees at Thorpeness, introduced for the English Seniors’ Championship to be played between May 30 and June 1, were in use.

Joint runners-up were Ben Kerr of the West Suffolk Golf Centre and the experienced Robin Mann of Southwold with rounds of 72.

Home professional Frank Hill, a former winner of the PGA Super 60’s Championship, was joint fourth with Jon Markham of Stowmarket. Hill was two under after his first three holes but a triple bogey on the ninth spoilt his card.

Leading scores: 71: Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range). 72: Ben Kerr (West Suffolk Golf Centre) and Robin Mann (Southwold). 73: Frank Hill (Thorpeness) and Jon Markham (Stowmarket). 76: Andrew Robinson (Lowestoft Driving Range). 78: Paul Bate (Brett Vale). 79: Kelvin Vince (Rushmere)


 Courtesy round after abandoned Pro-Am

Hintlesham Golf Club owner Henry Roblin has offered a courtesy round of golf for all 32 teams that took part in the Dell Bower pro-am last week which was abandoned when a deluge left several of the greens under water.

It was a two-tee start which meant that the prizes were split with the event settled on the holes that the final group from the third tee and 13th tee had completed.

It was frustrating for cold and wet amateurs who had paid good money to take part but were unable to complete the course. The generous offer of a courtesy round is very welcome and will give players the chance to enjoy Hintlesham, which was in excellent order, in better weather. BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE.

While the farmers and gardeners may have been praying for rain, the golfers in the pro-am would have welcomed another sunny day.

For the record four professionals who started on the third tee shared first prize. They were Simon Reeve (Aldeburgh), Tim Johnson (Woodbridge), Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) and Paul Connell (Hintlesham).

The outright winners from those who started on the 13th tee were Colchester’s Chris Cutchie by a single shot from Harry Mills of Haverhill. Roger Gray of Thorndon Park was third with Tony Dobson and Henry Roblin just out of the prizes in joint fourth.

From the starters on the third hole Dodd, Dean Fairweather, Trevor Titcombe and Neil Goodchild won the team prize on count back from Johnson, David Clark, Derek Hill and Tristan Finbow. Teams with Connell and Andrew Kirk lost on count back.

Cutchie, Daniel Eke, Phil Stopher and Barrie Cutchie were outright team winners from the 13th hole. Runners-up on count back were Gray, Elaine Broom, Mark Gregory and Linda Gregory from teams with Tony Moore (Ufford Park) and Tony Dobson (Stonham Barns).

Team winners from each group then tossed a coin for first and second prize as did the runners-up for third and fourth team prizes. Dodd and his team won the golf, dinner and overnight stay for four at the Bicester Country Club in Oxfordshire.

As tournament controller I thank all those who accepted the difficult decisions that had to be made with such understanding. It’s a nightmare scenario which would have been worse had it been a shotgun start and not everyone had completed the same holes.


Mark Hooper takes pro-am spoils 
Mark Hooper of Rayleigh Golf Range won the Suffolk PGA pro-am at Rushmere with a splendid round of four under par 66 in a tricky chill wind. Starting at the sixth he was six under after his first 10 holes with two eagles on par fives.
He had a double at the par four 17th and dropped a shot at the 18th but steadied the ship with a birdie at the stroke index one fifth hole. 


Alastair becomes a Fellow of the PGA

Alastair Spink, director of golf at Fynn Valley and county development officer of the Suffolk Golf Partnership, has been made a Fellow of the PGA.
The only others with this status in Suffolk are Aldeburgh's Keith Preston and Rob Joyce who has recently been appointed as head professional at Felixstowe Ferry.

The picture shows Spink being congratulated by Suffolk PGA president Dell Bower. Spink is one of 15 professionals in the country working towards a post graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching at Birmingham University. Once successful he will be eligible to apply to the PGA for the new Level 4 qualification and will then be able to continue at university to complete a Masters Degree


 Ian made honorary life member








Suffolk players and officials with Ian MacPherson, the retiring PGA professional at Felixstowe Ferry, after his presentation of a Mini-Cooper on a suitably inscribed. From left: Keith Preston, Robin Mann, Andrew Robinson, Andrew Sleath (vice president), Ian MacPherson, Frank Hill, Dell Bower (president), Paul Bate and Alastair Spink.


Ian MacPherson, who has been head professional at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club for 30 years, retires at the end of November at the age of 65.
The Suffolk PGA have made him an honorary life member and made an unusual presentation of a model Mini Cooper on a plinth. Ian's passion (apart from golf) is his Mini Cooper.
He turned professional in 1967 and was at Haggs Castle near Glasgow for 13 years. He was a regular player on the Scottish circuit where he met many well known golfers including Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Brian Barnes, Max Faulkner, Fred Daly, Dai Rees, Eric Brown, John Panton, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and many others.
While at Haggs Castle he coached many talented young players, the best known being Graeme Shaw who made his Walker Cup debut along with Colin Montgomery in 1987 at Sunningdale. He had the pleasure of playing with Graeme again last year when Haggs Castle celebrated its centenary which coincided with his captaincy.
He moved to Felixstowe Ferry in 1980. He coached Julie Wade (now Otto) who went on to win most Ladies' national and international amateur titles and played in five Curtis Cup matches. Joanne Hockley (now Woodward) also won national titles and represented England.
He more recently coached Heidi Baek prior to her winning her English Under-15 girls' title. His son Steven, who is now a professional golfer in Canada, won Suffolk County Championships at Junior, Senior and Professional levels and was a well known competitor on the East Region circuit.
Ian won a Suffolk PGA match play title shortly after moving South and has been a regular supporter of the Suffolk professional scene.
Ian was one of the coaches for the first 10 years in the Suffolk Golf Union scheme to develop junior golfers.



Frank Hill, head professional at Thorpeness Golf Club, was among those attending a special dinner at The Belfry to mark his 50 years as a member of the PGA.
Frank started his career as assistant to George Bell at Sherwood Forest in 1961 and then moved on to Selsdon Park where Ryder Cup player and captain Harry Weetman was head professional. In 1971 Frank, together with Gordon Goldie, Pat Lee and John Littlefield took over Lark Valley Golf Club near Bury St Edmunds which is now called The Suffolk Golf and Country Club. The timing was wrong. It coincided with a recession.
Frank succeeded Tiger Poulton at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club where he stayed for four years before moving to Eaton Golf Club in Norwich where he took over from Bert Kelly.
A spell at Caldecott Hall, where he helped to design the first nine holes, preceded his arrival at Thorpeness from where he was able to play seven years on the PGA European Seniors Tour. Frank has qualified for the Open Championship his first experience being at Royal Birkdale in 1965.


Lucas and Rush take Proudfoot Trophy


Alex Lucas of Waldringfield and Ollie Rush of Haverhill teamed up to win the Joe Proudfoot Memorial Trophy, a better-ball pro-only event held at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.
In benign conditions for November, although it turned cold late in the round, they signed for a five under par 67 with four birdies in the front nine. 
Rush also had his name on the trophy in 2010 when he was partnered by Paul Wilby of Haverhill.
Three pairs were tied second on four under par 68. Danny Barton (Felixstowe Golf Centre) and Andrew Robinson (Lowestoft Golf Range) were out in seven under par 30 with eagles at two of the three par fives. Their spark disappeared over the back nine.
James Peasey and Tim Johnson of Woodbridge were out in 33 and back in 35 while Simon Jay and Matt Ransome of Seckford were also out in 33 and back in 35.



Stokes wins at Rushmere 

Mark Stokes of Rayleigh Golf Range was winner of the Suffolk PGA pro-am held at Rushmere with a three under par round of 67. It was a shotgun start with Stokes having an eagle at the 498-yard 16th hole which was his first. He had five other birdies and two dropped shots.

Jason Levermore of Clacton took second place one shot behind to maintain his bright form before Stage Two of the PGA European Tour School at Costa Ballena.

Top Suffolk PGA player was James Peasey of Woodbridge who had a level par round of 70 that included three birdies. Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) had a round of 71 that enabled him to overtake Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range) to win the Suffolk PGA order of merit for 2011.

Andrew Robinson (Lowestoft Golf Range) brought in the winning team of Chris Long, Mark Chilvers and Christine Osben with 88 Stableford points which was 16 under par. Runners-up on count back were Stokes, Po Lee, David Carne and Kevin Batch with 84 points. Third place went to Chris Smith, Gus Cutting, David Hughes and Andrew Maclean with Levermore, Mark Hulstrom, Mark Sorrell and Nick Heffer in fourth place also with 84 points. Fifth team prize went to Adam Burwood (The Warren) with Tom Neale, Roy Pledger and John Hayes with 83 points.




Comprehensive list can be found under Order of Merit section.





Chris Smith wins match play
Chris Smith of Fynn Valley won the Suffolk PGA match play championship at Thorpeness for the second time in his career. He beat the holder, Richard Beadles of Royal Worlington, one up in a well contested final played in a tricky wind that was blowing across most fairways.

Smith was two up at the turn but Beadles fought back to be all square after 12.

Smith went ahead again at the 14th with a sand save but Beadles produced a terrific drive at the 15th to cut the corner and level the match once again.

Smith regained the lead at the 17th with a par after Beadles had been in a greenside bunker off the tee and dropped a shot.

There was drama on the final hole. Smith’s drive was safe but short. Beadles fired his tee shot into rough on the right with his provisional ball taking an almost identical course. Both balls were sitting up on a grassy path in the middle of the rough. Beadles took an eight iron which flew through a bush but still ended some five yards from the pin giving him a lifeline.

Smith was down in par leaving Beadles a putt for birdie to take the match to extra holes. He left it short.

Smith beat Ollie Rush of Haverhill 2 and 1 in the first round and then beat Keith Preston (Aldeburgh) one up in the second. Preston had started with three successive birdies but was only one up after that blistering start. In the semi-final Smith had beaten Andrew Robinson (Lowestoft Driving Range) one up. Smith had had been in control for most of the match until Robinson made a late fight-back to be level on the 18th tee. Robinson drove into wet grass in the rough on the right leaving Smith to win in style with a birdie.

In the other semi-final Beadles defeated Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley) 4 and 3. Collison produced some tremendous iron play but tended to be wayward off the tee.

Three of the eight first round matches went to the 19th with Robinson, Collison and Tim Johnson (Woodbridge) beating Stuart Robertson (Ufford Park), Paul Wilby (Haverhill) and Jon Markham (Stowmarket) with birdies.

Chris is seen with his trophy which was presented by Suffolk PGA president, Mr Dell Bower.


Winter Cup win for Davies

Richard Davies, head professional at Halesworth Golf Club, won the Suffolk  PGA Winter Cup final at Aldeburgh 3 and 2 against Paul Bate of Brett Vale. Davies proved to be the better putter on the fast greens.
In the semi-final playing the same morning Davies beat Paul Connell of Hintlesham at the first extra hole. Davies drove into rough on the right with Connell perfectly placed down the middle. Davies proved an approach shot with within eight feet and sunk the birdie putt. Connell's approach hit a sprinkler head and bounced away from the pin.
In the other semi-final, with the lead changing hands on a regular basis, Bate beat Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range) one up.
The first round was played in January with the finals day being delayed until all four players were available.



Andrew Kirk wins title by 4 shots



Andrew Kirk a third year assistant at Ufford Park, won the Suffolk PGA Assistants’ Championship at Hintlesham sponsored by Dell Bower, Suffolk PGA president. Kirk beat the holder of the trophy, Chris Smith of Fynn Valley, by four shots.

Kirk, last year’s runner-up, had four birdies in his level par first round. He was one under par for his second round also with four birdies. Third place went to Harry Mills of Haverhill.

An amateur event, held in conjunction with the Championship, was won by Suffolk county player Philip Westley at four under par for 36 holes on count back from Suffolk county first team colleague Jack Cardy. 




Rob Pritchard’s title by one shot


Rob Pritchard of Cretingham became Suffolk PGA stroke play champion with rounds of 71 and 75 on a really testing day at Aldeburgh. Dry fairways, fast greens with tricky pin positions and a variable breeze made low scoring difficult.

Pritchard and Chris Smith, second year assistant at Fynn Valley, were first round leaders, but it was 41-year-old Kevin Golding who romped into second place. He followed a rusty round of 78 with a sparkling 69 to end only one shot off the pace.

Golding, Suffolk PGA champion in 1991 and 1993, returned to England only this month for family reasons. He had been head professional at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas, home to the Byron Nelson Championship, since 2004. He is a member of the United States PGA and is now attached to the Bury Golf Range.

Third place was taken by Andrew Collison, now Director of Golf at Bungay and Waveney Valley golf Club. Collison, who won three Challenge Tour events in the nineties, had two steady rounds of 74.

Smith, Suffolk PGA champion within days of turning professional in October 2009, shared fourth place with Richard Beadles of Royal Worlington. Host professional Keith Preston took sixth place with Jon Markham of Stowmarket seventh.

Markham’s 72 in his second round was impressive on a course where the par is 68 but the standard scratch is 72.

Danny Barton of Seckford, Suffolk PGA order of merit winner for the past years, jarred his hand trying to play out of long grass in the 18th hole and was forced to retire.

Two Suffolk county first team players were acting as caddies, Hugo Dobson for his father Tony and Jack Cardy for his brother Joe.

Robin Mann of Southwold, who has won the Suffolk PGA title in 13 occasions since 1974, and Frank Hill of Thorpeness, were unable to take part because of a clash with the Senior PGA Championship at Northampton County Golf Club at Collingtree Park.

Former Suffolk PGA champions include Reg Knight (three times) and former Ryder Cup player Laurie Ayton six times between 1955 and 1963.



Suffolk amateurs prevail

Suffolk PGA met Suffolk County Golf Union in an enjoyable match at Rushmere in glorious weather. The amateurs, who probably play far more golf than the professionals, were victorious in two of the foursomes matches with the other two ending halved.

Kevin Earp and Danny Barton were three up at the turn but Chris Soanes and Ben Wallis, both of Rookery Park were level by the end. Kelvin Vince and Frank Hill produced a storming finish to halve with Jack
Cardy and Chris Vince.

Tony Dobson, the SPGA captain, and Robin Mann went down by two holes to Josh Cottrell and Rhodri Harston. Haverhill’s Paul Wilby and Ollie Rush lost by five holes to Andy Collett and Nathan Overton.

The match was watched by Suffolk Golf Union officials Mike Rees (president), Ron Kent (vice president), Charlie Wilderspin (secretary) and Dave Quinney (captain). Suffolk SGU president Dell Bower was also

Life on the range for Robinson

Andrew Robinson, who has completed his PGA training under the watchful eye of Ian MacPherson at Felixstowe Ferry, has moved to the Lowestoft Driving Range. Robinson, who has earned a good reputation as a teacher, will also have more scope to develop his playing career. The Lowestoft
Driving Range and the Browston Hall Driving Range between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, are under the same ownership. 

Honour for Haverhill's Ollie Rush

Ollie Rush, assistant at Haverhill Golf Club and formerly at Newton Green, was the leading third year PGA trainee in the East Region. His success was recognised by TGI Golf, Europe's buying group, who present
annual awards to the best-performing registered assistants undertaking the three-year PGA foundation degree. Rush was a former junior at Ufford Park.

The East Region first year winner was Jack Cole of Regiment Way (bear Chelmsford) and the second year winner was Daniel Titheradge of Saffron Walden.

Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA, said: "We are delighted that this year TGI has once again supported the PGA training programme by way of presenting awards to the most successful assistants in each year of our programme across all our regions.

"The standard of young golf professionals emerging from the PGA Academy has never been higher. That is why the support of TGI is so valuable as it not only rewards our young people for their hard work during their training period but gives them recognition that they thoroughly deserve. It will stand them in good stead throughout their careers."

TOP ASSISTANTS: Jack Cole (left) of Regiment Way, a first year trainee, and Ollie Rush of Haverhill who have won TGI awards for their impressive work on the PGA foundation degree course.
Photograph: MATT WALKER

Barton’s 65 blitz

Danny Barton of Seckford Golf Club had a spectacular five under par round of 65 to blow away some powerful opposition in the Suffolk PGA pro-am held at Rushmere Golf Club in chilly conditions.

Barton, winner of last year’s Suffolk PGA order of merit, had five birdies and an eagle on the 278-yard par four 15th hole. He won first prize of £500. Joint runners-up were Kevin Earp of Bury Golf Range and Chris Cutchie from Colchester. Both had rounds of one under par 69.

Earp’s round included five successive birdies between the eighth and 12th holes. Cutchie, who dropped three shots on his first three holes, recovered well with four birdies in his round. Both players won £250.

Three players on level par 70 tied in fourth place. They included Robin Mann of Southwold, 13 times Suffolk PGA champion between 1974 and 2006. The other two from Essex were Jack Clarke of Lords (Rayleigh) and Clacton’s Jason Levermore who dropped a shot on three of the four par three holes.

The team prize went to Barton with amateurs James Tyler, Jamie Horsfield and star darts professional darts player Mervyn King. They had 85 Stableford points winning by a single point.

Runner-up on count back was Clarke, Ray Weidner, Steve Weidner and Paul Birrell from Earp, Fergus O’Callaghan, Dave Mackie and Darren Aldous.

The fourth-placed team, also on count back with 82 points, was Mark Stokes (Rayleigh Golf Range), Po Lee, David Carne and Philip Searle.

Sally Clarke, playing with Rob Pritchard of Cretingham, won the ladies’ longest drive. Helen Allcorn, playing with Roger Gray of Thorndon Park, was nearest the pin at the 14th. Josh Cottrell of Ipswich golf club won the men’s longest drive.

There were 26 teams who were impressed by the condition of the Rushmere course and true greens. for full round up of RESULTS Please go to the Results Page

Smith and Earp level

Chris Smith, a second year assistant at Fynn Valley, and Kevin Earp of Bury Golf Range shared the honours in the Suffolk PGA pro-only event held in glorious sunshine at Thorpeness. Both had rounds of one over par 70.

Third place went to Andrew Collison, head professional at Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club where he will be taking the post of director of golf with secretarial duties at the start of April. Collison had a round of 74.

Christopher Oldrey, assistant at Thorpeness was fourth with a round of 75 that was spoiled by a quadruple bogey at the 429-yard par four 18th hole.

Leading scores: 70: Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) and Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range). 74: Andrew Collison (Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club). 75: Christopher Oldrey (Thorpeness). 77: Robin Mann (Southwold) and Richard Davies (Halesworth). 

Much-travelled Tony Dobson

Tony Dobson of Stonham Barns Golf Centre has been travelling long distances with his son Hugo, pictured above, a member of the English Golf Union men’s A squad. Tony was caddy in the Portuguese Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Resort near Setubal in February. Then he went to China where Hugo finished joint fourth in the boys’ under-21 section of the fifth Faldo Series Asian Grand final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen. Hugo ended level with the only other English player Daniel Owen who won the Middle East tournament in Bahrain in October. They were nine shots behind the winner, Abhijit Chadha