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Garnett on Golf: Dominic Rudd, just 13, beats the adults in historic Silver Frigate win

PUBLISHED: 13:19 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 19 July 2018

Thirteen-year-old Dominic Rudd receives the Silver Frigate from Thorpeness club captain Robin Leggate. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED

Thirteen-year-old Dominic Rudd receives the Silver Frigate from Thorpeness club captain Robin Leggate. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED

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Dominic Rudd, who turned 13 only a fortnight ago, became the youngest ever winner of the Silver Frigate at Thorpeness, writes Tony Garnett.

Bramford Ladies who won their first-ever Cranworth Salver match when they beat Southwold and went on to win their next tie against Seckford. From left: Lesley Long, Janet Beard, Sue Thorpe, Kim Smith, Marianne Hall, Tracy Ward, Chris Kilgallen and Catriona Herbert. Photograph: CONTRIBUTEDBramford Ladies who won their first-ever Cranworth Salver match when they beat Southwold and went on to win their next tie against Seckford. From left: Lesley Long, Janet Beard, Sue Thorpe, Kim Smith, Marianne Hall, Tracy Ward, Chris Kilgallen and Catriona Herbert. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED

His round of 74 (net 68) secured the win on count back from 16-handicap Nigel Jarvis.

Dominic now holds a handicap of five secured without ever submitting a supplementary card. For such a young player to be a category one golfer is a tremendous achievement.

Dominic often accompanies his eight-handicap father Peter on a course assessment tour. He has now played 65 of the current top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland.

He beat his father by 13 shots in the Frigate. Dominic has been in consistent form. This month he won the Suffolk Schools Under 16 event at Diss with a round of 74 (68 net).

Thorpeness, with excellent greens, provided a tough test.

Luke Thompson of Rookery Park had the best gross score of 72. Dominic and Sam Byford of Ipswich had 74.

The Thorpeness Frigate tournament is now a Suffolk Golf Union order of merit event for the Woodward Markwell Race to Aldeburgh.

Harry Hodgson, who won the Eastern Counties Cup at Woodbridge, had a round of 84.

Gross scores (Thorpeness unless stated).

72: Luke Thompson (Rookery Park).

74: Dominic Rudd (Thorpeness), Sam Byford (Ipswich.

78: Jack Cuthbert (Thorpeness), Daniel Crosby (Gorleston), Peter Ogden (Bungay).

79: John Maddock (Gorleston).

80: Simon Goldsmith, Tony Mardon.

81: Steve Pipe.

84: Harry Hodgson (Woodbridge), Nigel Jarvis.

85: James Brinded, John Curtis.

86: Andrew Whittaker (Woodbridge), Roger Brown.

87: Simon Bearman (Newton Green), Peter Rudd, Richard Newton.

88: Chris Ginn (Woodbridge), George Austin.

90: Terry Friend.

91: Mick Cook.

92: John Fison, Ray Foreman, Dwain Finch, Kevin Hegarty.

93: Tony Innes.

94: Mick Crabtree.

95: Peter Cooney.

96: Richard Baker, Ian Laird.

97: Geoff Keable.

102: David Morsley.

107: Richard Emsden.

- Bramford Ladies are the surprise packets in this year’s Cranworth Salver.

This popular Suffolk Ladies’ inter-club event is for eight players in a team with handicaps between 21 and 30 played on neutral venues. Courses with clubs still involved are used.

It was exciting for Bramford to score their first ever Cranworth victory in their preliminary round clash with Southwold. Then they went on to beat Seckford to take a place in the quarter-finals.

Preliminary round: Bury St Edmunds beat Brett Vale, Felixstowe Ferry beat Halesworth, Aldeburgh beat Ufford Park, Thorpeness beat Diss, Haverhill beat Stowmarket, Bungay beat St Audrys, Seckford beat Rookery Park, Bramford beat Southwold, Cretingham beat Rushmere.

First round: Woodbridge beat Flempton, Felixstowe Ferry beat Bury St Edmunds, Aldeburgh beat Thorpeness, Haverhill beat Gorleston, Fynn Valley beat Bungay, Bramford beat Seckford, Ipswich beat Cretingham, Newton Green beat Hintlesham.

Quarter-finals (to be played on July 26): Woodbridge v Felixstowe Ferry (at Ipswich), Aldeburgh v Haverhill (at Fynn Valley), Fynn Valley v Bramford (at Haverhill), Ipswich v Newton Green (at Felixstowe).

- The Stearn Trophy is for players with handicaps between 12 and 20. Three pairs play foursomes over 36 holes.

The quarter-finals, to be played by August 6, are:

Newton Green v Southwold (at Seckford), Royal Worlington v Felixstowe Ferry (at Southwold), Seckford v Woodbridge (at Diss), Diss v Bungay (at Felixstowe).

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