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Young golfer misses cut in U16s open by one shot

Monday, 12th July 2010.

Haverhill junior golf captain Chris Vince has returned from Scotland after competing in the Scottish U16 Boys Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The event was first played in 1984 and has grown from an 18-hole event into a 54-hole championship, contested by many of the UK's and Europe’s leading junior golfers.

This year the tournament was staged at Auchterarder, in the heart of Perthshire. The parkland course has spectacular views towards Gleneagles and the Ochil Hills and runs along side the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Hotel (Ryder Cup venue in 2014).

For the first round on Tuesday, July 6, Chris was partnered with Remo Fueg of Switzerland and Euan Waugh of Whitecraigs.

In blustery conditions, Chris shot a three over par 72, which left him tied 16th and in a good position going into round two.

Unfortunately, Chris narrowly missed out playing in the final round after scoring 79 on day two, leaving him 13 over for the tournament and just one shot off making the cut.

On reflection, Chris said: “The second day was horrendous, as the weather conditions really deteriorated in the afternoon. Overall it was a good experience for me, and it will help with my preparation for future national events.”

Chris’s playing partner for the tournament, Remo Fueg, went onto win (70-67-71) finishing one over par – which was a narrow one-shot victory over Scotland’s Bradley Neil.

Back at Haverhill, the seniors played their match against the ladies in the Alfa Romeo Shield. There was a good turnout and in all 18 matches were played.

The Ladies appeared to have the advantage after they won the first seven matches, butr the seniors managed to claw back the deficit to eventually win 10-8.

The ladies medal was played on Wednesday, July 7. Lady vice-captain Marian Mercer had a wonderful round of golf with a nett 66, a commanding five-shot lead over the rest of the field.

As a result, Marian has had her handicap reduced by three shots to 26. In second place with a nett 71 was Denise Walker and in third place lady captain Sally Price with a nett 74.

Congratulations go to Pat Wellstead, who had a hole-in-one playing in a society match at Bury St Edmunds last week, on the 142-yard, par three 13th, using a five wood.

On Saturday, July 10, the R Woolmer Greens Trophy was played and once again there were some amazing scores. Howard Ward took the trophy by winning on countback with a fabulous round of 79-16-63.

In second place with 77-14-63 was Mark Barrett and both Howard and Mark have subsequently had their handicaps reduced by two shots.

Bryan Graham finished in third place with 83-18-65 and had his handicap reduced by one shot.

Congratulations also go to Colin Rudge, who scored an ace on the par three, 184-yard 16th hole using his five iron.

Sally Price hosted her Lady Captain’s Day on Sunday, July 11. It was an extremely closely fought contest with the top three sharing the same nett score.

However, winning the Lady Captain’s Cup on countback was Linda Bugg with 87-19-68. In second place was Gerrie Wheatley with 92-24-68 and in third place Catie Heathfield with 93-25-68.

The Stableford competition was won by Sheila Playle with 32pts on countback from second place Carol Day also with 32pts. Jo Stokes finished in third place with 26pts.

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