Haverhill Ladies played in the Midsummer Tankard on Thursday 18th June. The 10 hole stableford competition was won by Marian Mercer with 23pts, in 2nd place was Ann Thompson with 22pts on count back from 3rd place Alice Iron with 22pts.
Haverhill Ladies enjoyed a successful day when they hosted a friendly match against Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 20th June. The visitors were very complimentary of the course, and the good spirit in which the matches were played. The match results were: Pat Kennedy & Carol Day won 4&3, Lyn Fish & Jenni Bradnam won 2 up, Linda Alexander & Pauline Calmet won 2 up and Gill Richardson & Mandy Williamson won 5&4 to give a 4-0 victory to Haverhill.
To celebrate the longest day of the year, Haverhill’s golfers had an early start for one of the Social Committee’s events, ‘Midsummer Madness’ which was played on Saturday 20th June, with a 6.30am shotgun start. The format was mixed teams of 4, stableford with 3 scores to count on each hole. Fifteen teams took part and the winners were Lyn Fish, Paul Raffell, Peter Young and John Young with a score of 130pts. In 2nd place on count back with 128pts were Paul Chapman, Len Sanders, Garry Kerr and Martin Turner. In 3rd place were Michael Fowler, Neil Saville, Chris Gavin and Frank Gooch with 128pts.
Past President of Haverhill Golf Club, Chris Briggs, recently entered the International Rotary Competition at St Andrews for four days during the second week in June. This year's field was restricted to 250 entrants because the 144th Open Championship is being held on the Old Course next month. After the initial two day qualifying competition, Chris qualified in the top 9 for England and was awarded an England Team tie. He played in an additional 2 day competition on the Old Course. Chris was surprised at the presentation evening to receive the Stanley Gunary Memorial Cup for the best score on the Eden course during qualifying, when he scored 44pts. Chris said "my greatest claim to fame is that I parred the notorious 17th Road Hole on the Old Course". His wife, Janet, also had success when she partnered a lady from Slovenia in the Fellowship Foursomes and came 2nd out of 45 teams.
On Sunday 21st June the second round of the Suffolk County Competitions, the Hambro and Tolly were contested. Both were away matches, with the Tolly Team playing at West Suffolk, and the Hambro at Halesworth. Sadly the Tolly Team lost overall by 5 down, however the Hambro Team enjoyed success. Team Captain Chris Vince reported the hosts had the upper hand following the morning foursomes and were leading 7 up, however Haverhill staged a magnificent comeback in the afternoon to win overall by 5 up. They have qualified through to the 3rd round at home against Bungay on Sunday 19th July. The morning results were (Haverhill Team first): Chris Vince & Jack Warwick lost 2 down vs Paul Coby & Mark Coby, Andy Fish & Paul Bartlett finished all square vs Paul Sherwood & Jason Finbra, Jack Bligh & Dave Spittle won 1 up vs Gary Taylor & Will McIntosh and Dave Perrett & Dave Pipe lost 6 down to Craig Lockwood & Matt Stacey. The order for the afternoon matches was changed around which paid dividends as Haverhill reversed their fortunes winning by 12 up. The results were: Chris Vince & Jack Warwick won 4 up vs Paul Coby & Mark Coby, Dave Pipe & Dave Perrett won 5 up vs Paul Sherwood & Jason Finbra, Jack Bligh & Dave Spittle lost 1 down vs Gary Taylor & Will McIntosh and Andy Fish & Paul Bartlett won 4 up vs Craig Lockwood & Matt Stacey.
On Monday 22nd June, Haverhill Seniors competed for the Norman White Trophy. The event was played over 10 holes as greensomes format, played of 1/4 combined handicap. The winners were Bob Hammett & Jim Mulley with a nett score of 36 and the runners up were Andrew Cornish & Val Shipp with a nett score of 36.25.
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