Birdie barrage takes Harrison to top

GOLF: An amazing run of five successive birdies helped Simon Harrison, the Halesworth professional, share first place in last week's Seckford Pro-Am/Am-Am.

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AN amazing run of five successive birdies helped Simon Harrison, the Halesworth professional, share first place in last week's Seckford Pro-Am/Am-Am.

Starting at the tenth tee, Harrison was four over par with five holes left to play. Then he started his birdie barrage at the fifth hole and added four more to finish with a 68 – one under par.

That equalled the score of Fynn Valley's Simon Dainty, Suffolk's newest professional, whose round was solid throughout.

There was a four-way tie for second place, but in-form Robin Mann was left to reflect on what might have been. He stood on the par three 18th tee two under par, but then made a double bogey five to leave him on level par, the same as Paul Wilby (Fynn Valley), Robert Taylor (Colne Valley) and home professional Simon Jay.

In the team event in which the format was the best two Stableford scores from four on each hole, Dainty and his Fynn Valley amateurs took first prize with Harrison's Halesworth team in second place.

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The course was in good condition and with the new clubhouse open for the first time for a Pro-Am, it was a highly successful day, with the weather to match – sunshine although a strong wind that made scoring difficult.

A total of 22 teams of four took part, 15 with professionals and seven all amateur.

Edmondsons, car dealers of Woodbridge, put up a car for a hole-in-one, and were one of the sponsors along with the Next Generation Club and Bath Place Ltd.

Prize winners

Professionals: 68- Simon Dainty (Fynn Valley) and Simon Harrison (Halesworth). 69- Robin Mann (Felixstowe Golf Driving Range), Simon Jay (Seckford),Paul Wilby (Fynn Valley) and Robert Taylor (Colne Valley).

Team event: 87 pts- Simon Dainty,J Hughes, T Evans, J Kanaris. 86- Simon Harrison, A Cavanagh, K Payne, P Howlett. 84- Dean Barker, Gary Barker, Karl King, Paul Setchell.

Individual amateur: J Hughes 41 pts, G Barker 35 on countback from N King.

Nearest the pin for professionals at the 18th: Frank Hill(Thorpeness).

Longest drive for professionals at 6th: Robin Mann.

Nearest the pin for amateurs at 7th: A Cavanagh.

Longest drive for amateurs at 14th: S Richal.

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