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Bury St Edmunds win the Beaumont Trophy

The name of Bury St Edmunds will be engraved on the Beaumont Trophy for the first time after they beat Felixstowe Ferry by 15 holes in a final at Ufford Park. The more confident side on the day took the honours, a fact acknowledged by Ferry captain Chris Pearson at the presentation.

The top two Bury pairs both won by six holes. The final two matches were in the balance in the final stages, but Bury won them both. Both teams were well supported. The fine weather was a factor. A birdie for Viv Davies on the par three ninth was a highlight for Felixstowe. An accurate tee shot was followed by sinking a six-foot putt.

Bury’s toughest match was a four-hole win at Gorleston in the first round in which Felixstowe had a bye. In the second round Bury won a home tie against Bungay and Waveney Valley by 10 holes while Felixstowe passed a stiff examination with a three-hole win at Newton Green. In the third round Bury won by six holes at Rookery Park while Felixstowe won their home tie against The Suffolk by 16 holes. In the semi-final Felixstowe beat Hintlesham by four holes at Seckford while Bury beat Thorpeness by six holes at Hintlesham.

Beaumont Trophy final Bury St Edmunds beat Felixstowe Ferry by 15 holes. At Ufford Park.

Bury St Edmunds names first. Stewart Chapman and John Kirk beat Chris Pearson and Dave Pepper by six holes; Garry Clark and Steve Stutters beat Mike Hammond and Allan Wells by six holes; Stuart Lowe and Steve Finch beat John Shiells and Tom Govan by one hole; Alex Clarke and Paul Hadley beat Viv Davies and Steve Frost by two holes.

BEAUMONT WINNERS: Bury St Edmunds (from left): Colin Gray, John Kirk, Alex Clarke, Stewart Chapman, SGU president Phil Platten, Stuart Lowe, John Mecham (team captain), Paul Hadley, Gary Clarke, Stephen Finch, John Cauldwell and Steve Stutters.