Anglian League

Both teams draw against Suffolk

1st Team Photo Left to Right:
Standing, Team: Iain Yule, Tom Carding, Kale Heath, Warren Bates, Mason Bernstein, Thomas Nudd, Jamie Smith, Thane Hacon,
Seated Michael Few, Chris Taylor (President), Simon Clark

Norfolk entertained Suffolk at Royal Norwich Golf Club for the last time in our history before RNGC move to their new location, grateful thanks for excellent contributions to the club and their staff.

Following disappointing results in the last two fixtures there were some new faces introduced to the team with special mention to Mason Bernstein stepping up from the junior / second team ranks to make his full county debut.

Full team:
Yule, Heath, Bernstein, Smith, Hacon, Carding, Nudd, Bates Non playing Captain Clark

Against a background of fine golfing weather, the matches proved to be very close with Nudd and Bates leading off with a 3 & 2 win followed by a 1 up victory for Yule and Heath. A very close affair saw Carding and Hacon edged out one down with the match being decided on the last, Smith and Bernstein suffered a 4 & 3 defeat to a strong Suffolk pair.

Score at Lunch 2 - 2

The afternoon matches as with many this season were full of nip and tuck. Wins for Heath, Carding, Hacon and Bernstein were offset by defeats for Bates, Nudd and Smith.
All attention focused on the last live match. An excellent fightback by Yule squared the game and it was all square on the 18th. He found an impossible rake impaired lie in the greenside bunker which saw him shake hands and a narrow loss. Rakes in bunkers? The debate will continue but it certainly proved a decisive factor in this match.

Result Norfolk 6 Suffolk 6

In summary this was a fixture that both sides would feel they could have won and it was probably a fair result. Thanks to RNGC for their continued hosting and support of County Golf. The first team wishes them well for the future.

The county close out their programme at Glen Gorse, Leicestershire on September 1st.

Second Team

Although Diss was Norfolk second team’s closest venue of the season, it was actually a home match for Suffolk which gave them a distinct advantage, as they have played all their home matches at Diss for the last two to three years. Along with two more team changes, Norfolk had a hard challenge on their hands.

In the morning foursomes, Suffolk’s very strong pairing of Driver & Bartrum gave Tanner & Green very few opportunities and closed out 6&5. The unbeaten pairing of Wilson & Hazel then brought in another point, followed by Larkins & Webb winning 3&2. The last pairing of Rutherford and Halliday lost 3&2, leaving the lunchtime score at two points each.

In the afternoon singles the unlucky Josh Halliday lost one down on the 18th hole having played some great golf. Team debutant Tom Rutherford claimed an excellent half against Diss player Chris Bartrum on the 18th hole. Dylan Green’s excellent 4&3 win was cancelled out by Aiden Tanner’s loss. There were dramatic twists over the last two holes in both Kevin Webb’s and Shaun Larkin’s matches. Webb who had been up all the way round lost the 17th & 18th to lose one down to young Teddy Hall but captain Larkins snatched a dramatic half on the 18th hole in an excellent match with experienced James Tyler.

The second team’s “star performers” this year have been Richard Wilson and James Hazel, with six and seven respectively out of a possible eight points each. It was good to see Wilson back in top form, claiming a 7&6 victory and the ever dependable Hazel won 2&1.

With Leicestershire beating Cambridgeshire, Norfolk seconds can still win the League if they can beat a strong Leicestershire team at Heacham Manor on September 1st.

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Both teams suffer narrow defeats

1st Team report v Northamptonshire at Royal Cromer

Norfolk were looking to bounce back from the away defeat to Cambridgeshire in the previous round.

Iain Yule, Kale Heath and Jamie Smith were brought into the side and confidence was high.

The team in full:
Simon Clark, Warren Bates, George Morris, Carl Green, Jon Baker Odlin, Jamie Smith, Iain Yule and Kane Heath.

The course was in wonderful condition and the day was bright and sunny ideal for golf.

The morning pairings saw a win for Clark & Bates and a half for Baker Odlin and Smith.

Trailing 1 ½ to 2 ½ at lunch the early order of Morris, Heath and Baker Odlin created a buzz and expectation, however, a run of long putts and chip ins killed off the hope as Smith was the only one to secure a point thereafter. Defeats for Yule and Clark with both matches going to the 18th. and Bates and Green.

The league is beyond us now although the next fixture at Royal Norwich against Suffolk gives us the opportunity to move up the table for our last competitive fixture at this club before their move to Weston.

2nd team report v Northamptonshire at Peterborough & Milton

Norfolk second team arrived at Peterborough Milton GC with
an unbeaten record to take on Northamptonshire seconds.

The team faced changes for the first time with Ian Yule, Kale Heath and Jamie Smith all promoted to the first team.

Team Captain, Shaun Larkins took a break from this game and brought in Richard Lindly, Josh Weeds, Josh Halliday and Dylan Green for their
season debuts.

Very solid wins for Richard Wilson & James Hazel and Mason Bernstein Josh Halliday were cancelled out by narrow losses for Richard Lindly & Josh Weeds and Aiden Tanner & Dylan Green, leaving the score 2 - 2 at Lunch.

In the afternoon singles, there were solid wins for Mason Bernstein, Aiden Tanner and Dylan Green but other matches were slipping away
with lead player Richard Wilson not quite finding his previous fine form of
this season. All hinged on the last two matches and top points scorer, James Hazel, who, despite playing some great golf could not turn the vital match and lost on the 18th hole. Richard Lindly also lost on the 17th.

Match was lost 7 - 5.

Norfolk seconds still have a chance of winning their
league, if they can defeat Suffolk at Diss in August and Leicestershire at
Heacham Manor in September.

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Mixed results for first & second teams

First team report
Following an excellent win in the first match of the season the first team travelled Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire to lock horns over the Wandlebury Course. Unchanged from the first match the team were faced with blustery, warm conditions on a long course.

Good wins for Morris and Rawsthorne, Clarke and Bates saw the two teams tied at lunch 2 points each.

Bates led from the front followed by Rawsthorne, they along with team captain Clark were disappointingly the only successes in the afternoon. Several matches had opportunities but the pivotal moments didn't go Norfolk’s way. On reflection this was a match Norfolk should have got something from.

Captain Clarke christened his new clubs with two wins, welcome to the 21st century Simon.

Next match is home at Royal Cromer Sunday July 7th against Northamptonshire.

Morning Foursomes
Rawsthorne & Morris beat Dimambro & Thorburn 3/2
Baker Odlin & Carding lost to Rogers & Ryan 2/1
Clark & Bates beat Taylor & Hodogirin 2/1
Nudd & Green lost to Crisp & Davies 4/3

Afternoon Singles
Bates Beat Ryan 5/3
Rawsthorne beat Hodogirin 2 up
Morris lost to Crisp 4/3
Carding Lost to Dimambro 7/6
Nudd Lost to Rogers 3/2
Clark Beat Taylor3/1
Green lost to Thorburn 3&2
Baker-Odlin lost toDavies 4&3

Second team report
Norfolk second team recorded their second win of the season against Cambridgeshire at a warm but windy Brancaster golf club.

Things were fairly even in the morning foursomes but Norfolk just edged ahead as Iain Yule and Kale Heath came back from two down to halve their match. Captain Shaun Larkins and Aidan Tanner had an emphatic 5&4 win, to be followed by a dramatic win on the 17th for Richard Wilson and James Hazel. Morning score 2.5 to 1.5.

After a disappointing morning Jamie Smith hit back with a fine 4&3 win and Mason Bernstein a good half. Halved matches for Kale Heath and Aiden Tanner were backed up by great wins for Richard Wilson, James Hazel and the ever dependable Iain Yule.

Also, a big thank you to Richard Lindley for his support and efforts on the day.

Shaun Larkin’s team are on maximum points and looking forward to their next match against Northamptonshire in a July at Peterborough Milton.

Eastern Inter Counties Foursomes 18th & 19th May

Norfolk continue their season with a solid performance at Seacroft

George Morris teed it up for Norfolk to start this year’s campaign. As normal the counties were presented with a links course which was in fine condition.

The weather was favourable staying dry but the breeze, on occasion, and the firm greens offered some defence to the links.

After the first morning session Norfolk stood at the top of the leader board with 7 points aided by solid victories over Bedfordshire and Berks, Bucks & Oxon.

The afternoon session proved problematic with the County overpowered by Leicestershire & Rutland and Lincolnshire recording only 2 ½ points. Dinner banter was a little muted!

Sunday was the dawn of a new day. A fog delay did not hold the county back as all the pairs produced stunning golf to take 9.½ points from a maximum 10 from Cambridgeshire and Essex.

This was quite possibly Norfolk's finest foursomes performance for many years.

The afternoon session saw us start joint leaders again but the opposition was tough; Suffolk and Northamptonshire along with cold putters saw a disappointing return of 2 ½ points again.

Congratulations to Leicestershire & Rutland who ran out winners with 26 points.

The net result was a fourth place with 21.5 points which was further evidence that the winter work put in by the whole squad was showing positive signs.

Final Table
Leicestershire & Rutland - 26
Lincolnshire - 23.5
Suffolk - 23
Norfolk - 21.5
Essex 20.5
Berks Bucks & Oxon 20
Northamptonshire 20
Cambridgeshire 13
Bedfordshire 12.5

The President thanked the players for a wonderful performance coupled with a first class team spirit.

Points by pairings
George Morris & Ben Rawsthorne 4.5
Simon Clark & Warren Bates 3
Jon Baker Odlin & Jamie Smith 4.5
Thomas Nudd & Carl Green 4
Iain Yule & Kale Heath 5.5

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Excellent start to the season for the Norfolk County Men's Golf teams with victories against Lincolnshire

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1st Team report

Great Yarmouth and Caister hosted the first Anglian League match of 2019. The first team entertained a very strong Lincolnshire side. The weather gods played their part as a crisp bright day prevailed. Congratulations to Caister for providing an excellent course and hospitality.

Lincolnshire brought a very strong side and on paper perhaps the odds were in their favour. However one of the best foursomes results in recent seasons saw the pairings of; Morris & Rawsthorne, Baker-Odlin, Clarke & Bates, and Green & Nudd all prevail for a stunning 4-0 lunchtime lead.

As anticipated Lincolnshire came out fighting and as is often the case getting over the line can be testing and a tense back nine ensued. A win for Bates, Nudd and Clarke and a half from Carding rounded off an excellent start for the County’s 2019 campaign.

Mike few expressed the County’s thanks and appreciation the Caister golf club and members for the use of their facilities and support for the County.

The next match is away to Cambridgeshire at Gog Magog on Sunday June 2nd.

2nd Team report

On a bright and sunny morning, there was still a chill in the air at Boston Golf Club. 

Team Captain Shaun Larkins fielded a strong County Second Team with a good mix of youth and experience.  Unfortunately, Jamie Smith was suffering from an acute stomach bug but battled his way through the morning foursomes with Mason Bernstein to record Norfolk’s first point of the day. Richard Wilson and James Hazel recorded the second win of the day for the teams to draw 2-2 at lunch.

In the afternoon singles, all the games were extremely close but our younger players set the standards with wins for Kale Heath and Mason Bernstein.  The experienced Iain Yule was next over the line with a thumping 6&5 victory, followed by a very fine wins by James Hazel on the 17th and Captain Shaun Larkins on the 18th.  Lincolnshire were very sporting in agreeing a half point for the sick Jamie Smith giving an afternoon score of 5.5 to 2.5 and a fine winning margin on the day of 7.5 to 4.5.

Special mention to the losing players, Aiden Tanner who played some great golf all day but could not quite master the greens and Richard Wilson who battled back from three down with three to play to just miss out on a halved match on the 18th green.

Also to Mason Bernstein making his Norfolk debut at the age of 15 and winning two points, what a future he has at County level and maybe beyond.

Our special thanks for Boston golf club for their hospitality and presenting the course in fine condition.  Onto Brancaster to play Cambridgeshire on June 2nd.

Anglian League - August 2018

The 2nd's deliver the goods

Norfolk 2nd Team entertained Lincolnshire 2nd's at Royal West Norfolk on what turned out to be a memorable day. The season's results so far have not been favourable for Norfolk but a determined team did everything asked of them.

The morning foursomes saw Lincolnshire take a 3 to 1 lead into lunch, however, the afternoon singles was an altogether different affair.

Wins by Jake Keely, Aiden Tanner, Mitch Smith, Shaun Larkins and Darren Abbs and two halves by Dylan Green and Matthew Strudwick saw the team run out 6 to 2 and with it the overall match win of 7 points to 5.

A great win against a great Lincolnshire team...a wonderful finale to the season for all of the hard work the team has put in....
bring on 2019. !!

Anglian League - Norfolk 2nds v Suffolk 2nds

A very even game in all respects .. Norfolk having the edge in the foursomes and Suffolk returning the favour in the singles.... all in all a very respectable
6 - 6 leaving honours even as a halved match

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Suffolk 1st v Norfolk 1st

The match took place at Hintlesham Hall with the home team taking the honours both in the morning foursomes and the afternoon singles... Suffolk were handily placed after the morning foursomes with 3 1/2 to a 1/2 lead and reinforced their grip on the match with a 5 to 3 win in the singles finishing with 8 1/2 points to 3 1/2 points.

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