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HALL WINS TONY GARNETT CUP AT DELL BOWER INVITATIONAL

Ali Hall of Halesworth beat Jack Phillips of Ipswich at the first play-off hole to win the Tony Garnett Cup at the Dell Bower Invitational tournament at Hintlesham.

Pictured right are Bradley Wilkins, Dell Bower, Ali Hall and Jack Phillips.

This annual event, which started in 2004, also includes a stroke play event for Suffolk PGA trainees which was won by Bradley Wilkins. Hall, Phillips and Wilkins were all three under par on the day.Hall had two steady rounds of 71 and 70 while Phillips produced a second round of five under par that included an eagle on the par five ninth. Wilkins also scored 71 70 to win the trainees’ prize by six shots from Phil Westley from the host club.

In the play-off Hall’s tee shot found semi-rough while Phillips was ideally placed in the middle of the fairway. Phillips left himself a long putt from the back of the green and then needed to sink from five feet to save par. Hall was on the fringe of the green on the left in two. He left himself a three-foot putt for par. Phillips missed and Hall made no mistake.

Jack Forgan of Stowmarket was first round leader with a round of four under par 68 that included seven birdies. His second round started slowly and everything went wrong at the par three fourth hole. His tee shot in trees to the right ended a wet muddy hazard. Once his ball had been identified he elected to play it rather than take a drop.He changed into his waterproofs anticipating mud flying in all directions. He struck the ball well but it hit a tree and flew straight back into the same hazard. He ended with a somewhat unfortunate seven which was a major blow to his chances.

James Biggs (Diss) and Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) were both four shots off the pace. Gregor Tait and Josh Driver saw their challenges fade in the second round. Tait losing the junior prize, for which Phillips became ineligible, to Jed Seeley (Newton Green) on count back.

A highlight was hole in one at the 174-yard 13thby Shaun Gordon, the former North Berwick club champion who is now a member at Ipswich. Gordon, who plays off plus two, was two under par in his second round.
The handicap prize went to Rushmere’s five-handicap Daniel Jennings on count back from Jack Cuthbert of Thorpeness, also off five. Jennings was one over in his second round with birdies at the 11th, 13thand 16th.

The amateur section of this event has been won by Alex Stanley (Aldeburgh) twice, Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland), Paul Dobson (Ipswich), Scott Brace (Stoke by Nayland), Chris Smith (Fynn Valley), Patrick Spraggs (Stowmarket), Phil Westley (Hintlesham) twice, Jack Cardy, Sam Byford and now Ali Hall.

Dell Bower Invitation Day
Tony Garnett Cup
141: Ali Hall (Halesworth) 71 70 beat Jack Phillips (Ipswich) 74 67 at first play-off hole.
142: Chris Bartrum (Diss) 70 72.
145: James Biggs (Diss) 73 72, Luke Thompson (Rookery Park) 70 75.
147: Josh Robertson (Ufford Park) 74 73.
149: Shaun Gordon (Ipswich) 79 70; Robert Salter (Woodbridge) 79 70; Jed Seeley (Newton Green), 73 76, Gregor Tait (Ipswich) 71 78.
150: Sam Byford (Ipswich) 78 72, Jack Forgan (Stowmarket) 68 82.
152: Daniel Jennings (Rushmere) 79 73, Jack Cuthbert (Thorpeness) 78 74, Josh Manser (Gorleston) 76 76, Josh Driver (Diss) 72 80.
155: Harry Fricker (Ufford Park) 80 75, Harvey Watts (Newton Green) 76 79.
158: Alex Davey (Stowmarket) 77 81.
160: Connor Talbot (Newton Green) 79 81.
161: Ben Aves (Bury St Edmunds) 81 80.
167: Paul Dobson (Thorpeness) 82 85.
No returns: Guy Mummery (Rookery Park) retired with sore back in first round, Chris Vince Suffolk (Haverhill) nr retired, Will Morcombe (Aldeburgh) nr in first round then retired with injured foot.
PGA Trainee scores
141: Bradley Wilkins 71 70.
147: Phil Westley 72 75.
150: Daniel Thurston 76 74.
153: Daniel Skriabin 72 81.
162: James Markham 83 79.
165: Ed Garrard 87 78.
No returns: Patrick Spraggs 78 retired, Robert Vine Nr 77.