There was a close finish to the Sidgwick Cup at Thetford on Sunday, with plenty of drama on the last few holes. Rafe Ashby was having the round of his life until he finished 6-7 to drop four strokes on the last two holes. Fortunately 14-handicap Rafe had already done enough - just! Despite his disappointing finish he turned in a card of 85-14-71 to pip four-handicap Matt West and six-handicap Matt Wabe on countback.
Rafe stood on the 17th tee having only dropped nine strokes and he ended up with a back nine of nett 35 while Matt West had nett 36 after finishing with a five and Matt Wabe a nett 37.
Terry Stephenson finished 2-6-5 for a round of 84-12-72 to finish fourth, one ahead of seven players on nett 73.
The top eight gross scorers qualified for the Cowan & Oliver scratch matchplay knock-out, and the draw has set up the following first-round matches: Matt West v Stuart McGill, Matt Harben v Peter Allott, Matt Wabe v Ryan Woods and Mike Horley v Bob Setchell.
Sidgwick Cup scores: Rafe Ashby 85-14-71, Matt West 75-4-71, Matt Wabe 77-6-71, Terry Stephenson 84-12-72, Stuart McGill 84-11-73, Jeremy Campbell 86-13-73, Matt Harben 79-6-73, Bob Setchell 77-4-73, Ryan Woods 82-9-73, Peter Allott 78-5-73, Tim McAlinden 85-12-73, David Robinson 88-14-74, Daniel Franklin 91-17-74, John Aukett 88-14-74, Nolan Guthrie 94-19-75, Andrew Bremner 85-10-75, Michael Smith 86-11-75, Dean Scott 85-9-76, Stephen Burridge 89-13-76, Dave Bennett 93-17-76.
Thetford have played three more matches in the Norfolk Handicap League - and won them all. They beat Mattishall 3-1 with the winning pairs Dean Scott & Robbie O'Brien, Tim McAlinden & Mark Lingard and Martin Brockett & John Ward. They then played Dereham at home and away over the same weekend, winning 3-1 away (Norrie Dickson & Arron Gaskell, Mike Horley & Peter Croker winning plus two halved matches) and then 2 1/2-1 1/2 in the home match (Mike Horley & Peter Croker and Matt Harben & Nolan Guthrie winning plus one half). This keeps them in pursuit of Braid Division leaders Costessey Park.
Thetford Ladies won 4-3 away to Eaton 2 in Division Three of the Norfolk Inter-Club League. Shelly Pleasance, Kath Malvern, Jan Bone and Wendy Puttock were the Thetford winners.
However, the senior ladies lost in the third round of the Diamond Knock-Out when they went down by 13 holes away to Mundesley.
Thetford 2 lost 4 1/2-2 1/2 at home to Hunstanton 2 with Margaret Hayward and Mary Neal the Thetford winners.
May Midweek Medal results: Ian Ramsay 79-12-67, Neil Elers 81-13-68, Toby Edwards 85-17-68, Terry Blacktopp 75-6-69, Robert Bentley 84-15-69, Barry Parr 89-20-69, Tom Green 83-14-69, Iain Yule 71-1-70, Gary Scott 78-8-70, Iain Hamshaw 82-11-71, Stephen Steeds 90-19-71.
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