Holders happy

The first round of the Tolly Cobbold Cup will be played on April 22 with only Seckford and Rookery Park having byes.Home advantage always seems to play a big part in the outcome so holders Stoke by Nayland will be pleased with a home tie against Diss.

The first round of the Tolly Cobbold Cup will be played on April 22 with only Seckford and Rookery Park having byes.

Home advantage always seems to play a big part in the outcome so holders Stoke by Nayland will be pleased with a home tie against Diss.

Beaten finalists Cretingham are also at home. They will fancy their chances against Haverhill, while there is a

big battle in store between Felixstowe Ferry and Stowmarket.

St Audry's can be a side to fear when they are at home on their course with small greens. Southwold cannot afford to miss their practice round.

Rushmere are at home to Gorleston while Ipswich make the trip to Halesworth.

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Thorpeness, who lost in the semi-final last year, will be tested at Ufford Park.

Tolly Cobbold Cup

First round (to be played on April 22): Brett Vale v Bungay and Waveney Valley, Bury St Edmunds v St Clements, Newton Green v Beccles, Halesworth v Ipswich, Flempton v Aldeburgh Artisans, The Suffolk v Fynn Valley, St Audry's v Southwold, Cretingham v Haverhill, Hintlesham v Aldeburgh, Felixstowe Ferry v Stowmarket, Rushmere v Gorleston, Waldringfield v Woodbridge, Ufford Park v Thorpeness, Stoke by Nayland v Diss. Byes: Seckford and Rookery Park.

n The first round of the Stenson Shield, the scratch inter-club event, will be played on Saturday, April 14.

Holders Stoke by Nayland, who are sure to be a force once again, are at home to Gorleston. The likes of Michael Swan, Scott and Liam Brace and Rob Murray may prove hard to beat.

Fynn Valley are at home to Newton Green, whose club champion was Ollie Rush after Adam Woodhead was disqualified on a technicality. Both are sure to be competitive.

There will be a battle royal at Thorpeness where Aldeburgh are the visitors while Felixstowe Ferry will need to be at their best to survive a trip to The Suffolk.

Bungay, surprise packets last season, should have a tremendous match with Diss.

Stenson Shield

First round (to be played on April 14): Fynn Valley v Newton Green, Ufford Park v Rushmere, Waldringfield v Rookery Park, Stoke by Nayland v Gorleston, Thorpeness v Aldeburgh, Bungay and Waveney Valley v Diss, The Suffolk v Felixstowe Ferry.

Byes: Hintlesham, Haverhill, Southwold. Flempton, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Halesworth, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

n The Parks Trophy has grown in popularity since it was introduced by Maurice Parks, a past president of Suffolk Golf Union.

The holders, Thorpeness, start with a first round bye.

Runners-up Aldeburgh have not entered because the four-ball format infringes their two-ball club rules.

Woodbridge, who lost in the semi-final last year, start with a home tie against St Clements. Woodbridge tended to field low-handicap players, but found it hard to give

shots to Thorpeness round Waldringfield.

There are two local derbies. Seckford entertain Ufford Park while Bungay are at home to Beccles.

Cretingham entertain Hintlesham while Rushmere take on Gorleston.

Felixstowe Ferry have a bye, as do Southwold.

Parks Trophy

First round: Rushmere v Gorleston, Woodbridge v St Clements, The Suffolk v Waldringfield, Bungay and Waveney Valley v Beccles, Seckford v Ufford Park, Rookery Park v Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill v Stowmarket, Cretingham v Hintlesham, Ipswich v Stoke by Nayland, Flempton v Fynn Valley, Halesworth v Diss. Byes: Felixstowe Ferry, St Audry's, Newton Green, Southwold and Thorpeness.

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