The final of the SGU Stenson Shield between Diss and Stowmarket was played on Saturday 13th September at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. The competition is the premier team event held by the County with all players competing off scratch. It is split into four Foursomes Pairs matches in the morning and eight Singles matches in the afternoon. Bright and breezy conditions prevailed for the whole day.

Chris Bartrum and Josh Driver lead the team out in the first match and secured a hard fought encounter winning 2 & 1. The next two matches were key to the overall success, with Darren Maskell and Archie Moore securing victory on the last hole to win 1 up, and Tony Osborn, the team Captain, partnered by David Leeder also winning on the last hole with Tony sinking the decisive Putt for a 1 up victory. The final pairing of James Biggs and Chris Weller were always in a comfortable position closing out their match by 3 & 2.A fantastic start to the day with Diss leading by 4 matches to 0, only needing to secure 2 ½ of the 8 points available in the afternoon singles.

Chris Bartrum once again took the lead but struggled against an in form opponent. He rallied toward the end of the round, but eventually went down 2 & 1. Match two involved the Clubs immediate Past Captain, Archie Moore, who raced into an early lead of two holes, but despite being pulled back held on for a superb 1 up win. In match three, Michael Manser, who substituted for Captain Tony Osborn for the singles, battled courageously throughout and was rewarded by halving a seesaw encounter. At 16 years of age, the teams youngest member, Josh Driver handled the pressure tremendously well, and following a ten foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to draw level pushed on to take the win 1 up. The remainder of the team, buoyed by the early results lifted their own performances, Darren Maskell having been clawed back from an early lead persisted for the half.

James Biggs secured the biggest win of the day 4&3 showing exceptional consistency throughout. David Leeder and Chris Weller despite the win being already secure,
showed the overall pride and spirit within the team, by halving both of the last matches.
All in all a fantastic day for both the Team and the Club having won seven of the twelve matches outright, halving four and only going down in one, to win 9 to 3. The mixture of both youth and maturity of the players involved, bodes well for future success at the Club.

Les Pretty Putter

With the summer season coming to an end, it was great to see over 50 individuals enter the Leslie Pretty Putter, a singles stableford men’s competition on 9th November. Despite a damp drizzle falling at the start, the conditions improved to allow the removal of waterproofs and enable excellent scoring throughout, with eight players breaking par and twenty two within the buffer zone.

Overall honours went to Gary Worboyes (pictured here being presented with the Trophy by Club Captain Ken Bowman), who with a superb 43 points, played to seven under his handicap. Similarly, Phil Large, 2nd with 41 points, Ed Doe 40 points, 3rd on count back from David Varela, 4th with 40 points, all played well under their handicaps to post such impressive scores. With the season coming to a close, more social golf is available to all classes of membership, with both individual and team events being added to the calendar.
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