Tim is top of the class

GOLF: Tim Dainty of Great Cornard Upper School became Suffolk Schools' golf champion in showery conditions at Ipswich Golf Club. The one-handicap Suffolk county senior player from Stoke-by-Nayland had a round of 72.

TIM Dainty of Great Cornard Upper School became Suffolk Schools' golf champion in showery conditions at Ipswich Golf Club. The one-handicap Suffolk county senior player from Stoke-by-Nayland had a round of 72.

The runner-up, six shots behind, was five handicap Chris Smith of Thurleston High School in Ipswich. Greg Hills (Great Cornard Upper) was third with 79 off a handicap of six.

No individual could win more than one prize so the handicap section went to Ryan Wingate (Castle Manor, Haverhill) who had a round of 79 off his six handicap losing third place in the scratch competition on countback.

Twenty-two schools were represented with 38 players taking part. The organising committee are in need of new members who need not necessarily be teachers. Anyone interested should contact Judith Biglin on 01284 735519.

Results

Division One gross (handicap scratch to 18): Tim Dainty (Great Cornard Upper) 72, Chris Smith (Thurleston HS, Ipswich) 78, Greg Hills (Great Cornard Upper) 79.

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Handicap: Ryan Wingate (Castle Manor, Haverhill) 79-6-73, Joe Thomson (Westbourne HS, Ipswich) 81-8-73, Jamie Abbott (Thurleston HS) 79-5-74.

Stableford: Kieran Fitzwalter (Farlingaye HS, Woodbridge) 39pts (off 13), Rhodri Harston (Farlingaye) 34 (off 15), Liam Brace 34 (off 10) (Great Cornard Middle).

Division Two (19 to 28 handicaps): Scott Ramsey (Hadleigh HS) 87-22-65, Adam Green (Farlingaye HS) 96-20-76, Alastair Hall (Halesworth Middle) 100-22-78.

Stableford: Joseph Cardy (Hadleigh HS) 39pts (off 19), Daniel Banham (St Louis, Bury St Edmunds) 30 (off 28), Mark Williams (Orwell HS) 26 (off 10).

TIM Johnson of Cretingham was the winning professional in the Pro-Am held in showery conditions at Fynn Valley. His round of five under par 65 was one better than Steven Harris of Harpenden.

Other leading scores were: 67: Alex Lucas (Fynn Valley) Simon Harrison (Halesworth). 68: Warren Sargent (Gosfield Lake) and Chris Goddard (Romford). 69: Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer). 70: Simon Dainty (Fynn Valley), Pat Winston (A1 Driving Range), Andy Cotton (Waldringfield), Tony Blackburn (Hanover), Mark Stokes (Hartswood) and Jon Robson (unattached).

Blackburn's Hanover team were 20 under, Johnson 19 under, Dainty 17 under and Patterson 15 under.

STOKE-BY-NAYLAND Golf Club Juniors won the English Golf Union Junior Champion Club Tournament on the Bracken Course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire at the weekend.

The Stoke team, who had won the Suffolk Junior Team Shield, consisted of Greg Hills (Junior captain), Tim Dainty, Paul Pengelly and Will Crisell. They triumphed over 32 other counties to win this new 36-hole tournament by 10 shots.

Tim Dainty teed off at 7.30am on Saturday in sub-zero temperatures with a heavy frost covering the playing surfaces, not good conditions for putting, he finished with a nett 74 playing off a one handicap, very good under the conditions.

Paul Pengelly scored a nett 73 off six, Greg Hills a nett 82 off six and Will Crisell a nett 68 off 10 (best nett of the day). With the best three scores to count they ended Saturday in third place, three shots off the lead with a total of 215.

On Sunday with improved weather conditions and a later tee off, Tim Dainty carded a nett 70 (best gross), Paul Pengelly a nett 75, Greg Hills an excellent nett 67 and Will Crisell a nett 69 (best nett over 36 holes).

Will's last putt was left hanging over the edge of the hole which, had it dropped, would have given him another nett 68.

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