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Weather gets the better of Haverhill golf course

Tuesday, 7th February 2012.

The first round of the nationally run competition, the Menís Mail on Sunday, took place on Saturday, February 4 at Gosfield and, despite the frost and bitterly cold conditions, play eventually got underway.

After Haverhill Golf Club had arranged to host the fixture, the venue had to be switched to Gosfield on the day, as their course was still fully open (on main greens).

The Haverhill team battled to a comprehensive 4-1 victory and team captain Gordon Price thanked Gosfield for hosting the fixture and all those for taking part and braving the elements.

The full results were (Haverhill team first): Eamonn Bareham lost 5&4 against Stuart Jones, Andy Fish beat John Seal 2up, Jim Walker won 5&3 against Joe Mainard, Bob Spittle won 2&1 against Mitchell Edey and Gerry Scott won 5&3 against Ed Fullerlove.

Haverhill will have to wait to find out who they will be drawn against in the next round, due to be played in March.

The Ladies January Stableford was played on Saturday, January 21. The runaway winner, seven points clear of her nearest rival, was Jackie Condon with a score of 37pts.

As a result she has had her handicap reduced to 16. In second place was Doreen Darbey with 30pts and in third place Sue Carr with 28pts.

The January IFF Challenge was played on Wednesday, January 25, with an impressive field of competitors for the time of year.

The scores were close across the divisions and had to be decided on countback. The overall winner was Wayne Smith with an excellent round of 82-15-67, reducing his handicap by one shot to 14.

The full results were: Division One, 1 Matthew Farlie 79-12-67; 2 Ellis Brown 78-10-68; 3 Dave Pipe 75-7-68 (lowest gross).

Division Two, 1 Wayne Smith 82-15-67 on countback, 2 Ivan Drury 84-17-67; 3 Stewart Johnstone 89-19-70.

Division Three, 1 Keith Whitfield 97-24-73; 2 Graham Hepworth 97-23-74; 3 Paul Mower 102-27-75.

On Sunday, January 29, the Menís Medal was contested, with an equally impressive turnout and despite the much colder weather conditions.

Despite this and the frost-delayed start, some excellent scores were returned. Kevin Eldred was the overall winner with an excellent nett 65, and as a result he has reduced his handicap to seven.

The full results were: Division One, 1 Kevin Eldred 73-8-65; 2 Lewis Whiting 73-7-66; 3 Terry Lyons.

Division Two, 1 Tim Daniels 90-20-70; 2 Frank Gooch 89-19-70; 3 Gary Webb 87-16-71.

Division Three, 1 Carl Heath 89-22-67; 2 Sean Doyle 92-21-71; 3 Michael Fowler 96-23-73.

The Winter Alliance meeting was also played on Sunday, January 29, at Waldringfield. The event was a Pro Am format with a field of 92 players including seven professionals.

The professional prize was shared by Kevin Earp (Bury Driving Range) and Robin Mann (Southwold) with level par scores of 71. The Team Stableford event (any two scores from four to count) was won by the Felixstowe Ferry team of John Foord, Tom Martin, Chris Veitch and Dick Seaman with 86 points.

In second place with 85pts were the Stowmarket team of David Walker, Keith Rooney, Mike Toon and Roger Taylor. In third place with 83 points on countback were Lawrence Cottrell and Josh Cottrell (Ipswich), Steve Wade (Felixstowe) and Dean Garnham (Rushmere).

They just edged out the team of Andy Fish and Pat McGarr from Haverhill and Roger Toone and Ian Carter of Stoke-by Nayland, also with 83 points.

The next meeting will be hosted by Southwold on Sunday, February 12, and the format is a four ball better ball stableford.

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