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Harry Fricker wins Suffolk Schools Golf Championship

PUBLISHED: 12:51 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 16 October 2017

Winners at the Suffolk Schools’ Golf Championships held at Hintlesham Golf Club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Winners at the Suffolk Schools’ Golf Championships held at Hintlesham Golf Club. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Harry Fricker of Kesgrave High School, whose handicap is scratch, won the Suffolk Schools’ Championship title at Hintlesham with a three under par round of 69, writes Tony Garnett.

He beat Tom Auchterlonie (Culford Academy) by a single shot with Max Adams (Culford) third with 71. Last year’s winner, Habebul Islam, was fourth with 72.

The field of 55, with 10 girls, included five off a handicap of one or better and 25 off single figures. Nineteen schools were represented.

There was an outstanding performance from 12-year-old Dominic Rudd (Thomas Mills) of Thorpeness who had a round of 78. He plays off nine and should increase his experience with a full programme of Suffolk county junior events in 2018.

He was only one shot behind Josh Goulton (Debenham) who was the Suffolk Under 16 schools’ champion.

Georgia Parker (Culford) was the most successful girl. Her round of 83 girls’ beat seven-handicap Fiona Stokes (West Suffolk), the reigning Suffolk girls’ champion who plays off seven, by three shots. Parker also won the under-16 schools’ prize. Culford’s Anna Ingles also had a round of 86. She plays off six.

George Fricker won England Schools’ caps against Wales and Scotland this year. His form dipped at Hintlesham with a round of 81. There were several others, who have represented Suffolk at junior level at varying age groups, who would have hoped for better scores.

Josh Hulyer (Samuel Ward) retired. He is now a member of Gog Magog Golf Club having switched from Haverhill.

Suffolk Open champion Alfie Halil has left school so was no longer eligible to take part.

Suffolk Schools’ gross score. C denotes Culford Academy.

Boys: 69: H Fricker (Kesgrave). 70: T Auchterlonie (C). 71: M Adams (C).

72: Habebul Islam (home education). 75: C Hensby (Royal Hospital School). 77: J Goulton (Debenham). 78: D Rudd (Thomas Mills). 79: O Allison (RHS).

80: A Gee (King Edward), R Marshall (Northgate), A Winter (Framlingham), W Garland (Northgate). 81: G Fricker (Farlingaye), J Beasant (C), D Howes (County Upper), C Little (Kesgrave), D Howes (County Upper). W Kibbler (C). 82: E Pomeroy (C), J Brunssen (C). 84: G Austin (Thomas Mills), M Weaver (C). 85: J Swinburn (Framlingham), B Neumann (St Felix).

86: J Iron (Samuel Ward), B Hembling (Copleston). 87: J Izod (C), X Bell (C), R Everitt (C). 89: R Goodarzi (Farlingaye), C Rew (RHS), F Leonard (County Upper), G Monegal (C). 90: H Meadows (C), G Jackson (Framlingham). 94: T Beenham (C), T Crisp (Farlingaye). 95: H Tibble (Kesgrave). 98: C Goodridge (Horringer).

Girls: 83: Georgia Parker (C). 86: Fiona Stokes (West Suffolk), Anna Ingels (C). 87: Mary Cuthbert (Thomas Mills). 91: Jessica Buck (St Felix). 94: Charlotte Gregory (Northgate). 96: Natacha Gregory (Northgate). Cleo Parfett (Finborough). 101: Grace Fricker (Farlingaye).

- Ipswich Golf Club’s Sunny Wang, who attends Orwell Park School at Nacton, has secured a return trip to the 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championships in California in July after winning British Junior Golf Tour’s qualifying tournament at Park Hill Golf Club in Leicestershire.

Her round of 81 put her one shot ahead of Lili-Rose Hunt of Droitwich, who will also make the trip, in the girls’ 11 to 12 age group.

More than 200 golfers from across the country have been battling it out in other regional qualifiers at Wycombe Heights, Littlestone and Brandon Wood.

The top boy and girl in all the six age groups will represent British Junior Golf Tour in this prestigious competition which features around 1200 participants from almost 60 different nations.

Sunny, who has been coached by Ipswich assistant professional Ian Scott, did not take part in the Suffolk Schools’ event.

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