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Suffolk Junior Golf- Fund Raising Day for Junior Development Fund

Suffolk Golf Union Junior Committee organised a fund raising day for their Junior Development Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for the families of the best junior golfers in the county to enable them to compete in national events when they have to be away from home for several days with all the associated costs of travel and accommodation. By competing in these events it not only provides top level competition for the boys but also raises the profile of Suffolk Junior Golf.

The event was held at Ipswich Golf Club and 96 players took part from all around the county, as well as teams representing Essex Golf Union and Norfolk Golf Union. The competition was played in teams of four with the two best stableford scores to count on par 4s and par 5s and the best three scores to count on par 3s. The winning team was Harvey MacIntyre, Janette Holyoak, Peter Haig-Thomas and Keith Tarrant, who scored 97 points. In second place with 93 points were Laurie Cottrell, Josh Cottrell, Nathan Overton and Steve Coonan. Nearest the pin on the 10th was won by Peter Miller and on the 15th by Tim Cooper, the PGA professional at Newton Green who missed a hole in one by no more than two inches.

After the golf and a meal there was a raffle for which all the prizes had been donated, many by those playing on the day, and an auction for rounds of golf donated by 18 clubs throughout Suffolk and golf lessons from PGA professionals Keith Preston (Aldeburgh), Robert Joyce (Felixstowe Ferry) and Ryan Parfett (Fynn Valley). A hospitality box at Goodson Park for the match between Everton and Norwich City was generously donated by Dairy Crest Plc and was bought for £1500 to swell the coffers. Over £4,500 was raised for the Junior Development Fund.

Junior Chairman, Mike Stevenson, said “We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support from clubs and players for this event which raised far more money than we had anticipated and will provide support for the families of our top junior golfers throughout the 2016 golfing season and beyond”.