Aldeburgh and Stowmarket to meet in the Hambro final
Aldeburgh will meet Stowmarket in the final of the Hambro Cup at Bury St Edmunds on September 9. Both semi-finals were played in persistent afternoon rain.
It needed a play-off to separate Aldeburgh and Halesworth at Fynn Valley.
Gary Taylor and Wayne Jacques won the last hole against Jack Levermore and Jim Harrison in the final match to level the scores on the day.
Aldeburgh selected James Ollington, who had sunk a crucial 30-foot putt earlier, to partner Andy Edmond. Haverhill chose Taylor and Will McIntosh.
They played the par-four 18th hole. A five for Aldeburgh was good enough
Hambro scoring is unkind. Fynn Valley won three matches to five by Stowmarket, so the margin of victory perhaps flattered the winners. They will, however, be formidable opponents in the final.
Hambro Cup semi-finals
Stowmarket beat Fynn Valley by 17 holes (at Halesworth).
Morning foursomes (Stowmarket names first): James O’Doherty and Kieran Issit 3 Andy Southall and Gary Smythe 0, Matt Lockwood and Andy Forgan 0 Paul Gray and Reegan Marshall 1, Owen Clouting and Ross Harvey 0 Kane Mayes and Mark Wilder 1, Jack Forgan and Mark Jones 3 Andy Dixon and Traven Abbott 0.
Afternoon: O’Doherty and Issit 5 Southall and Smythe 0, Lockwood and A Forgan 3 Gray and Marshall 0, J Forgan and Jones 0 Mayes and Wilder 1, Clouting and Ross 6 Dixon and Abbott 0.
Aldeburgh beat Halesworth at first extra hole (at Fynn Valley).
Morning foursomes (Aldeburgh names first): Logan Mair and Tim Hedin 3 Mark Coby and Paul Coby 0, Robert Palmer and Andy Edmond 0 Will McIntosh and Paul Sherwood 3, Jack Strowger and James Ollington 1 Paul Tillett and Mark Henderson 0, Jack Levermore and Jim Harrison halved with Gary Taylor and Wayne Jacques.
Afternoon: Mair and Hedin 2 M and P Coby 0, Palmer and Edmond 0 McIntosh and Sherwood 4, Strowger and Ollington 4 Tillett and Henderson 0, Levermore and Harrison 0 Taylor and Jacques 3.
Play-off: Ollington and Edmond beat McIntosh and Taylor at first extra hole.
In the Tolly Cobbold Cup there will be a final between Haverhill and Ipswich at Ufford Park on September 9.
Haverhill beat Rushmere by 17 holes at Stowmarket while Ipswich beat Fynn Valley by seven holes at Rushmere.
Suffolk round off their Anglian League fixtures with a tough match against table-topping Leicestershire at Stowmarket on Sunday.
A win for Suffolk, to round off a much-improved season, would give Northamptonshire a chance of the title so long as they win their final match away to Cambridgeshire.
Suffolk are without Gregor Tait, back at college in the United States, and Chris Fleming who is unavailable.
They recall Adam Sheldrake, who has a winning foursomes record with Paul Waring, and introduce James O’Doherty, the Stowmarket club champion, on his home course.
Waring, James Biggs and Habebul Islam all played in the Waterford Trophy at Sundridge Park last week. Habebul ended in sixth place with rounds of 73 71 73 and 68. Waring was two shots behind with 67 76 72 72 and Biggs returned scores of 73 74 76 and 73. Jensen Hull, who was one of the four representing England in the Irish Boys’ Open together with Habebul, was the winner.
On Sunday Habebul won the Ealing Open for the second time in three years. Heavy rain reduced the event to 18 holes. Habebul was two under par (68) and won a play-off at the first extra hole with an 11-foot birdie putt on a par-three hole against Nick Panting of Rochester and Cobham who plays off plus three. Sheldrake had a round of 75. Gary Wolstenholme is a previous winner of this trophy.
Two other Suffolk players, Sheldrake and Sam Byford, were in the Faldo Series event at Royal Ashdown Forest. Byford had scores of 72 74 and 78. Sheldrake had 83 73 and 78. He was two under after 10 on his second round.
The Suffolk second team, who need at least a draw at Market Harborough to clinch the title, have Ben Sayers back in the side after taking five and a half points from a possible six in earlier second team matches. He won his singles when promoted to the first team against Northamptonshire at Wellingborough.
Josh Robertson drops out because he has been on holiday without his golf clubs and thinks he could be a bit rusty. Chris Duffy returns.
Suffolk first team: Jack Cardy, Sam Debenham, Calvin Sherwood, James O’Doherty, James Biggs, Josh Cottrell, Adam Sheldrake, Paul Waring.
The Suffolk second team is: Chris Bartrum, James Tyler, Charlie Taylor, Jasper Johnson, Jed Seeley, Sam Byford, Chris Duffy, Ben Sayers.
Teddy Hall of Bury St Edmunds won the Keith Bass Trophy in the Under 14 quadrangular match at Millbrook. The four-handicap player had a gross score of 114 over 27 holes.
The team event went to Essex (706.5) from Bedfordshire (706). Suffolk were third (715) and Norfolk fourth with 805.5.
Suffolk, handicaps in brackets, were represented by Hall (4), Tyler Weaver (5), Henry Meadows (10), Harry Brinded (14), Josh Altham (14), Harry Tibble (15), Enzo Johnson and Jack Rust (both 24).
Suffolk Boys finished fourth of seven counties in the England Golf South East Group Junior Foursomes at Royal Norwich. Four pairs represent each county over 36 holes of medal play, with three of the scores in each of the morning and afternoon rounds to count.
The event was played in atrocious wet weather. It was necessary to sweep water from two of the greens.
George Fricker and Tom Auchterlonie had the best score for Suffolk with five over par (73, 72). This was beaten by only three other pairs. Max Weaver and Jack Butcher were unfortunate when their ball was found just a few seconds after a referee had informed them that their five minutes allocated for searching had expired. They still managed to return a creditable score of nine over par (75, 74). All four pairs bettered their morning scores in the afternoon.
Winners Surrey were captained by Killian McGinley, son of former Ryder Cup player, Paul. Essex finished a close second and Norfolk, with five players from the host club, were third. Kent, Sussex and Hampshire took the remaining places.
Holders Bury St Edmunds beat Woodbridge by five holes in the semi-final of the Beaumont Trophy at Diss
Scores (Bury names first): Colin Gray and Steve Beahan 0 Nigel Smith and Stephen Hewett 2, Jon Mecham and Alex Clarke 3 Martin Butcher and Stuart Binns 0, Stuart Lowe and Stewart Chapman 4 Paul Brunning and Spike Powell 0, John Cauldwell and Steve Finch halved with Paul Harrop and Tony Rubin.
In the other semi-final Haverhill beat Fynn Valley by 11 holes at Newton Green.
Suffolk captain Vanessa Bell took charge of the girls’ team in their county event at Letchworth.
After defeats against Hertfordshire and Norfolk, Suffolk then overcame Bedfordshire.
Suffolk were represented by Megan Bailey, Charlotte Gregory, Layla Farthing, Jess Buck, Georgia Parker, Rio Everitt, Cleo Parfett and Fiona Stokes.
Danny Western won the Gorleston club championship with the lowest gross score of 140 (71 69). Runner-up, five-handicap Lee Chapman, took the Sir John Drughorn Trophy, an SGU order of merit event decided on handicap. His gross scores were 71 and 74.
Third place in the gross scores went to Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) with rounds of 72 and 74. Second and third places in the Sir John Drughorn went to father and son, Steve and David Crosby.