Stenson Shield second round report and results
Flempton scored an impressive Stenson Shield second round victory over a strong Gorleston team by seven and a half matches to four and a half.
They achieved this notable result despite their Suffolk Open champion, Alfie Halil, being in Kent in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.
Gorleston looked strong with in-form Danny Western fresh from winning the Seaton Robson Trophy at Aldeburgh the previous day.
Yet it was players like James Hurst, who held Western to a half, and the return of Mark Rea to competitive golf that laid the foundation for this success.
Now Flempton must visit Woodbridge, last season’s losing finalists, who had too much strength in depth for Halesworth.
Ipswich proved too good for Rushmere in the derby match. The visitors led by three after the foursomes. By the time Ian Brown, Jasper Johnson and Chris Bye had won the top three singles Ipswich were over the winning line. The other matches paled into insignificance and halves were agreed in three of them.
With Jack Phillips back from the United States, Ipswich look a powerful squad.
Felixstowe Ferry made short work of Diss, several of the singles being one-sided.
Diss were without James Biggs who was playing in The Berkshire Trophy in which he finished tied 17th after being in contention at the start of the final round. He scored 71 66 72 and 79. Josh Driver withdrew after hurting his wrist playing football.
Felixstowe’s Paul Waring missed the cut in The Berkshire.
One of the best matches of the day came at Bungay where Haverhill recovered from a 3-1 lunch-time deficit to win on the final green when David Spittle secured the par he needed to beat Steed Hubbard.
Bury St Edmunds look to have a solid squad which won at Stowmarket. They are happy to give young players a chance with Michael Gee unbeaten on the day. Max Adams beat former Suffolk stalwart Paul Buckle with a birdie on the final green after having been three down.
Although they were level at lunch Rookery Park proved no match for Hintlesham who avenged last year’s defeat. Rookery struggled in the singles.
Thorpeness had only six players at Newton Green. They put up a brave fight to claim four wins with Lee and Sam Newton beating James Cooper and Harvey Watts 6 and 5.
Stenson Shield second round.
Newton Green 8 Thorpeness 4
Foursomes (Newton Green names first): Jed Seeley and Simon Bearman beat Tony Marden and George Austin one up; Steve Wordley and Ian Woodhead beat Laurence Staff and Jack Cuthbert 2 and 1; James Cooper and Harvey Watts lost to Lee Newson and Sam Newson 6 and 5.
Singles: Cooper lost to Marden 3 and 2, Seeley beat Austin 7 and 5, Ben Tatum halved with Staff, Bearman halved with Cuthbert, Wordley beat L Newson 4 and 3, Woodhead lost to S Newson 4 and 3. Watts and Brian Joy had walkovers.
Rushmere 4 Ipswich 8
Foursomes (Rushmere names first): Peter Robinson and Alan Middle halved with Ian Brown and Mark Lewis; Ross Howard and Rick Garrard lost to Chris Fleming and Chris Bye 6 and 4; Josh Cottrell and Connor James lost to Shaun Gordon and Jasper Johnson one down; James Wright and Glen Goldsmith lost to Sam Byford and Jack Phillips 5 and 3.
Singles: Robinson lost to Brown 2 and 1, Cottrell lost to Johnson one down, Kevin Eagle lost to Bye 3 and 2, James beat Simon Godbold 2 and 1, Goldsmith halved with Fleming, Middle beat Gordon 3 and 2, Howard halved with Phillips, Wright halved with Byford.
Felixstowe Ferry 10.5 Diss 1.5
Foursomes (Felixstowe names first): Adam Sheldrake and Ben Sayers beat George Osborn and Michael Closs 5 and 3; Jimmy Price and Rhodri Harston beat Chris Bartrum and Darren Maskell 4 and 3; Billy McLeod and Greg Hills lost to Charlie Taylor and Marc Duszynski 3 and 2; Steve Sayers and Mel Pipe beat Tony Osborn and Charlie Stammers one up.
Singles: Harston beat T Osborn 9 and 7, B Sayers beat Closs 7 and 5, Price beat Bartrum 2 and 1, Sheldrake beat Duszynski 2 and 1, McLeod halved with Taylor, Hills beat Maskell 3 and 2, S Sayers beat G Osborn 5 and 3, Pipe beat Stammers 7 and 5.
Rookery Park 2.5 Hintlesham 9.5
Foursomes (Rookery Park names first): Calvin Sherwood and Mike Sharp beat Trevor Hellyer and Keith Tarrant one up; Conal Downing and Ben Newman lost to Adrian Meredith and Jamie Jones 3 and 2; Andy Coleman and Dwayne Barber beat Kevin Brooks and John Booth 3 and 2; Luke Thompson and Craig Bloodworth lost to Jack Cardy and Sam Debenham 6 and 5.
Singles: Downing lost to Booth 4 and 3, Newman lost to Cardy 6 and 5, John Fisher lost to Ben Stammers 2 and 1, Bloodworth lost to Meredith 4 and 3, Barber lost to Hellyer 3 and 2, Coleman lost to Jones two down, Sharp halved with Debenham, Thompson lost to Brooks 3 and 1.
Stowmarket 4.5 Bury St Edmunds 7.5
Foursomes (Stowmarket names first): Paul Buckle and Matt Lockwood lost to Ben Coleman and Trevor Titcombe two down; Alex Bligh and John Jameson beat Craig Nurse and Jordan Nelli 5 and 4; Kevin Earp and James O’Doherty lost to Michael Gee and Andy Cunningham 6 and 4; Mark Jones and Andy Grogan lost to Max Adams and Steve Duffety 3 and 2.
Singles: Earp beat Nurse two up, Buckle lost to Adams one down, Jameson lost to Gee 4 and 2, O’Doherty beat Coleman two up, Jake Taylor lost to Titcombe 2 and 1, Bligh beat Duffety 6 and 4, Jones lost to Cunningham 3 and 2, Lockwood halved with James Scott.
Bungay 5.5 Haverhill 6.5
Foursomes (Bungay names first): Alex Taylor and Nairn Black beat Chris Vince and Jack Warwick 2 and 1; Andy Wood and Peter Ogden beat David Spittle and Jack Bligh 3 and 1; Liam Hansey and Sam Bingham lost to Andy Fish and Andrew Underwood 3 and 1; Tom Browne and Jacob Carver beat Harvey Bavester and Russell Palmer 6 and 5.
Singles: Taylor lost to Vince 6 and 4, Carver lost to Bavester 7 and 6, Wood beat Warwick 5 and 4, Hansey lost to Bligh 3 and 1, Browne halved with Fish, Bingham beat Palmer 3 and 2, Steed Hubbard lost to Spittle one down.
Woodbridge 8 Halesworth 4
Foursomes: (Woodbridge names first). Simon Peckford and Steve Whymark beat Mark Coby and Andrew Higgins; Nathan Overton and Steve Mann lost to Paul Coby and Will McIntosh; Toby Ayles and Taylor Crisp beat Gary Taylor and Wayne Jacques; Ricky Dzierozynski and Dom Rosser halved with Paul Tillett and Mark Henderson.
Singles: Tom Fowler beat Henderson, Adrian Studd beat Paul Sherwood, Crisp halved with McIntosh, Mann beat Taylor, Rosser lost to P Coby, Dzierozynski beat Jacques, Overton lost to Tillett, Ayles beat M Coby.
Flempton 7.5 Gorleston 4.5
Foursomes (Flempton names first): Mark Rea and James Hurst beat Chris Duffy and Mathew Alp one up; Dez Halil and Ralph Evans beat Danny Perring and Kevin Woods two up; Charlie Sadler and Myles Orton lost to Josh Manser and Danny Western one down; Jeremy Nunn and Tom Huggins beat John Maddock and James Chadd two up.
Singles: Rea beat Woods 9 and 7; Dan Wilson lost to Alp 3 and 1; Sadler beat Chadd 5 and 4, Orton halved with Duffy, Hurst halved with Western, Huggins lost to Manser one down, Stewart Jarvis halved with Maddock, Evans beat Perring two up.
Quarter-finals (to be played on July 21): Haverhill v Felixstowe Ferry; Woodbridge v Flempton; Bury St Edmunds v Newton Green; Hintlesham v Ipswich.