2018 Norfolk Seniors' Championships

Norfolk Seniors Championships

This year’s seniors’ championships were held at Bawburgh Club. The weather leading up to the event was not too encouraging with rain throughout the County for the whole day but this did little to daunt the aspirations of the competitors.
62 players signed in to make an assault on the title including last year’s champion Will Howett of Royal Cromer. As the scores came in it was clear the course offered a real test of golf and a credit to the club and course the course management team.
Some great golf was on display with steady scores being posted. Gary Harvey of Royal Norwich was an early starter and having returned a fantastic gross 78, nett 76 he had a long and nervous wait until the final players came in. Gary was absolutely delighted when in the end no one could better his score and he was crowned Norfolk County Seniors’ Champion. Gary now goes forward to Woodhall Spa to represent Norfolk in the England Golf County Champion of Champions Tournament in September. Paul Pritty of Eaton came in second, on countback, with a gross 79. On the same score was Michael Horley of Thetford finishing 3rd and Ian Macrae of Barnham Broom and home player Mike Payne of Bawburgh also with a gross 79 finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

The Handicap Championship was taken by Ian Macrae of Barnham Broom with a nett 71 just easing out Paul Pritty of Eaton with a nett 72.

The Super Seniors’ Championship run in conjunction with the main event with Trophies being donated by past Presidents Doug Gilchrist (Scratch) and Alan Winstanley (Handicap) resulted with Paul Pritty of Eaton winning the Championship with a gross 79 and Ian Macrae of Barnham Broom securing the Handicap Division with a nett 71.

The Scratch Team Championships for the Peter Clarke Shield Trophy was won by Bawburgh with the team of Robert Webb, Richard Bunn and Mike Payne with a combined score of 245. The Handicap Team Championships for the Frank Boswall Trophy went to the Royal Cromer team of Phil Hacking, David Pattrick and Anthony Gurney Read with a combined score of 224 nett.

Norfolk Seniors - triumph

Southern Counties Seniors Foursomes

Sheringham GC had the honour of hosting the England Golf, South East Group, Southern Counties Senior Foursomes. Four Counties, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, vied for the chance to go forward to a national final. The course, in magnificent condition, delivered a suitable challenge for the players with Norfolk finally coming out on top and taking the much valued slot into the national final.

Pairings of Pattrick & Tavener, Milton & Ralton, Laird and Webb, Myhill & Brayshaw and Hogg & Horley all produced the goods on the day. The Norfolk contingent, after the morning round, took a modest lead into lunch with the prospects of securing the necessary points in the afternoon to take the day. Some sterling efforts in the afternoon added to the points tally of the morning and finally with the last putt of the last match, Norfolk had done it…..

Final Placings Total Points
1 Norfolk 7 1/2
2 Cambridgeshire 5
3 Suffolk 4 1/2
4 Bedfordshire 3

Norfolk Seniors - v Northamptonshire

Norfolk Seniors travelled to Kettering Golf Club to play a League match against a very strong Northamptonshire side. A spirited morning performance in the foursomes saw honours even at 2.5 — 2.5, excellent wins for Barry Clarke with Peter Howard and Dave Hudson with Jim Laird were supported by Mark Skipper and John Tavener obtaining a solid half point. The strength of the Northamptonshire team prove to much in the afternoon singles, Norfolk losing those 7 — 3, however special mention must got to Barry Clarke and Mark Skipper who shone brightly with wins of 7 — 5 and 6 — 4 respectively. Dave Hudson and Micheal Horley pitched in with halved matches.

2018 Norfolk Handicap Team Championships

Home team forge success...

The Norfolk Team Championships is played concurrently with the Handicap Championships, made up of teams of three with the best aggregate nett score deciding the champions. It was a well contested affair however the home advantage of the Gt Yarmouth & Caister Team of Terry Norman, Bob White and Phil Carding scoring a combined 460 nett proved too much for the field. The Team Shield was presented to Terry Norman by the Club Captain Richard Bateman and County President Graham Turner.

2018 Handicap Championships

Great Yarmouth & Caister played host to the 2018 Handicap  Championships. A healthy breeze complimented the bright sunshine and delivered a real test for the competitors.  For some the examination was handled with great aplomb and for others not so. The morning round saw James Bennett of   Bawburgh  return a two under par nett 68, followed closely by Nathan Ryan of Great Yarmouth on 70 and Phil Hacking of Royal Cromer on 71,  after which a whole list of players on 72 which included Joe Ellis of Kings Lynn. Round two got underway with the conditions unchanged from the morning and the field positions fluctuated considerably with players moving up and down the leader board with alacrity, Slowly the score cards were handed in and the championship results began to  take shape. Stalwart of County Golf Terry Norman of Gt Yarmouth & Caister completed a second round nett 70 to add to his morning nett 73 and with it taking third place. Nathan Ryan added  a nett 72 to his nett 70 cementing second place with a 142 total losing out on count-back to Joe Ellis returning a nett 70 and securing the  title of Norfolk Handicap Champion of 2018.

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Norfolk Seniors versus Bedfordshire Seniors

Norfolk Senior golfers travelled to the Bedfordshire Golf Club for a friendly match with Bedfordshire, the 10 man team fielding several new faces in Jim Laird, Andy Palmer, Peter Howard and Mark Allen. Despite some determined efforts the Bedfordshire side proved too strong on their home track winning 6 of the matches against Norfolk's 4.
In the morning Greensomes Norfolk won two matches with Andy Palmer and Adrian Myhill 2up and Harvey Scott and Peter Howard winning 4 and 3. The sunshine really came out in the afternoon and brought the best out of Dave Dicker and Barry Clarke who won 6 and 5 in the betterball format. Andy Palmer and Adrian Myhill again won 2up.

County Seniors

Match against Cambridgeshire at Newmarket Links

After having three matches cancelled for snow, rain and fog, Norfolk Seniors kicked off their League season with a trip to Newmarket Links GC to play Cambridgeshire. The morning foursomes were lost 3.5 to 1.5, Tony Ralton and Neal Milton won while Mark Skipper and Adrian Myhill managed a half. The afternoon singles proved equally as challenging against an improved Cambridgeshire side. The only win for Norfolk came from David Pattrick. Tony Ralton and Mark Skipper both halved and were unbeaten on the day, Alistair Pykett making his debut also halved his match. The 2.5 points from the afternoon saw Norfolk lose 11–4 in total.

2018 Amateur Championsips

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2018 Amateur Championships

Scratch Team Shield

The Team Championship was won on countback by King’s Lynn with a combined team score of 432 just pipping teams from Bawburgh and from Sprowston Manor. The winning team of Iain Yule, Kale Heath and Jason Wysoczanski will now go forward to represent Norfolk at the England Golf Champion of Champions tournament at Huddersfield Golf Club in September.

2018 Amateur Championships

Norfolk Amateur Champion

The host venue, Royal Norwich, was in fantastic condition, fast, smooth greens with well defined fairways. A tribute to the attention to detail of the officers of the club and the greens staff in delivering the vision.
Day one offers 36 holes of stroke-play with the top 20 players and ties going through to day two to vie for the right to be crowned Norfolk Amateur Champion 2018. It was a great start to the day when Warren Bates of Heacham Manor fired a 4 under par, new course record of 66 which included a triple bogey to take the lead. Closely followed by James Hazel of Sprowston Manor and Chris Robson of Feltwell both shooting 68 with Jack Cullington of Bawburgh and Darren Abbs of Royal Norwich one shot further back on 69.

Round two was an exercise in patience to ensure any poor shots or poor decisions were minimised affording the players progress into the latter stages of the tournament.

Bates, cemented his 66 with a one over 71 resulting in a combined total of 137 and with it the lead going into day two. Storming up the leader board came Giles Evans of Sprowston Manor with a three under par 67 bringing him to 2nd spot overall with Jack Cullington one shot further back and Iain Yule of Kings Lynn one further back still.
Royal Norwich are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year and this is a fitting tournament for the County to share with one of Norfolk’s oldest clubs. Day two saw a weather change with overnight rain softening the fairways and greens offering the players different challenges from yesterday. Third round scoring was calmer with notably Chris Robson and George Morris and Thomas Nudd jumping up the leader board to 5th, 6th and 7th respectively leaving everything to play for in the 4th and final round. The pairing of Giles Evans and Warren Bates continued serenely on completing level par rounds to maintain their overall positions of 1st and 2nd.
The final round got underway in pleasant sunshine with little wind to speak of. Slowly the players posted their scores and so it came down to the final two groups. Jack Cullington fired a three under 67 for a combined total of 279 and wouldn’t just know it, with Giles Evans shooting 71 and leader Warren Bates returning a 72 all were tied on 279 and a play off was the order of the day.
All players went to the 9th as the 1st play off hole and all hit crisp iron shots leaving short irons in. Warren went through the green into the fringe and both Giles and Jack found the green leaving 12 and 10 foot putts respectively. Warren then chipped in and both Giles and Jack needing to hole their putts to continue the play off both narrowly missed leaving Warren as the 2018 Norfolk Amateur Champion. A well deserved victory. Warren will now go forward to Woodhall Spa to play in the England Golf Champion of Champions Tournament later in the year.




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