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.




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 Championsips

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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.

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