2019 Norfolk Open and Professional Championships

Records fall at this year’s Championships

Sheringham Golf Club played host to the 2019 Norfolk Open and Professional Championships. Held in glorious conditions on a beautifully presented golf course, offering perfect scoring conditions and the players didn’t disappoint with 7 sub-par scores in the morning. Jack Yule led the way with a course record 63 including a stretch of 7 birdies in 10 holes from the 8th to the 17th. A host of players returned scores of 68 including Andrew Marshall, the defending champion, fellow professionals Giles Evans and Lee Paterson, Jack Cullington, the 2019 Norfolk Amateur Champion and fellow Amateur George Morris. Richard Wilson being the final player to record a sub-par round with 69.

The afternoon brought an ever-increasing breeze making scoring more difficult. It didn’t seem to affect Jack however as he crafted another fine round of 64 giving a combined total of 127, believed to be a record total in the history of the Professional Championships. In doing so he secured both titles on offer, that of the Norfolk Open Champion and also the Norfolk Professional Champion by 10 shots from Andrew Marshal with 137 followed by Lee Patterson and Giles Evans who tied 3rd with a total of 139.

In a close battle for the leading amateur 2 shots separated the top 5 with Mitch Smith of Royal Cromer coming out on top with a total of 141, 2nd was last year’s top amateur Warren Bates on 142 followed closely by Kale Heath, Richard Wilson and Jack Cullington who all returned scores of 143.

Henry Craske Salver

Jack Cullington is victorious

Photo Left to Right; Hillary Stevens (Sheringham Club Captain), Jack Cullington, Chris Taylor (Norfolk County President)

In the battle for the Henry Craske Salver for the best aggregate score when combining the Amateur Championship and the Open Championship results, Jack Cullington held a 2-shot lead from George Morris going into the final round and managed to increase his lead an excellent achievement.

Barnard Final

Royal Cromer triumph at Eaton on 21st August

Photo; L to R - Phil Jones, Tony Gurney-Read, Mark Allbrook, Will Howett (Club Captain), Robert Barnard (Vice President), Rick Taylor (non playing Captain), Derek Hollick, David Pattrick, Phil Hacking, Mick Finn.

Eaton Golf Club hosted the final between 2 old rivals in Royal Cromer & Sheringham and an ideal day for golf.

The match was played in an excellent spirit and it was a close contest with the match all square with all 4 matches through 9 holes. However, Royal Cromer pulled away in the end to triumph by 8 holes.

Both sides complemented the green staff of Eaton Golf Club for providing the course in excellent condition and the Catering team for a fine meal to round off their day.

In a fitting moment Robert Barnard presented the trophy donated by his parents to the winning team.

Full result;
Tony Gurney-Read & Mick Finn (Royal Cromer) 2 down v John Little & Joe MacMurray (Sheringham)
Will Howett & Phil Jones (Royal Cromer) 5 up v Gary Brayshaw & Martin Bland (Sheringham)
David Pattrick & Phil Hacking (Royal Cromer) 6 up v Steve Hudson & Kelly Carter (Sheringham)
Mark Allbrook & Derek Hollick (Royal Cromer) 1 down v Neal Milton & Andy Weston (Sheringham)

Norfolk County Seniors' Championship 2019

Held at Great Yarmouth & Caister - 1st August

Photo - Scratch winner, Mark Williamson, receiving the trophy from Robert Barnard (Vice President)

This year’s seniors’ championships were held at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club.

Good golf was a plenty with Mark Williamson of Royal Cromer coming through with an excellent level par round of 70 gross nett 68.

Mark was delighted to be crowned as a Norfolk Champion following some near misses in his earlier years. Mark now goes forward to Frilford Heath Golf Club to represent Norfolk in the England Golf County Champion of Champions Tournament in September. In his winner’s speech Mark said he still wasn’t the best golfer in his family!

Alastair Pykett of Heacham Manor and Steven Greatrex from the home club finished joint second 2 shots adrift. A further shot behind and in 4th place was Paul Whiting of Royal Norwich.

Steven Greatrex won the Handicap Championship with a nett 67 on countback from fellow Great Yarmouth & Caister member, Tom Varley.

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 Terry Norman of Great Yarmouth & Caister winning the Championship with a gross 78 and Tom Varley also of Great Yarmouth & Caister securing the Handicap Division with a nett 67.

The Scratch Team Championships for the Peter Clarke Shield Trophy was won by Royal Cromer with the team of Mark Williamson, David Pattrick and Tim Morton with a combined score of 229.

The Handicap Team Championships for the Frank Boswall Trophy went to the Eaton team of Trevor Cave, Dennis Bates and David Taylor with a combined score of 217 nett.

Norfolk County Handicap

29th June at Royal Norwich

Norfolk Handicap Championship - Royal Norwich Golf Club June 29th.

The hottest day of the year saw some sizzling golf as Royal Norwich hosted their last County Championship before their moving to the Weston Park development. A fine days organisation with a beautifully presented course was clearly to the players liking as the morning scores were exceptional. 13 players returning scores below the morning SSS of 70.

The morning leaders were Scott Sealy, Kevin Webb and James Lazzari with net 64’s followed by Domnic Arend and Sam Chadwick with 65’s.

As the temperature soared it was the experienced former county captain, Kevin Webb, who completed another fine round of 65 to set the pace. Sealy and Chadwick returned solid rounds but could not match Webb’s total. A good round from Lewis Calver of 65 pushed him up the leader board. However, the round of the tournament fell to Warren Blackwell with an afternoon round of 63, to push him up to second place from Calver.

Championship Results:
Kevin Webb 64+65 = 129
Warren Blackwell 69+63 = 132
Lewis Calver 67+65 = 132
Simon Chadwick 65+69 = 134
Scott Sealey 64+71 = 135

It was a great day for Costessey Park as Webb’s team were comfortable winners of the team shield edging out Bawburgh.

Past President's Lunch

King's Lynn Golf Club - 9th June 2019

Left to right; Derek Rush (President 1991), David Hood (President 1990), Terry Norman (President 1992), John Watson (President 2006), Geoff Higgins (President 2010), Stuart Amey (President 1989), John Nudds (President 2001), Frank Boswall (President 2009), Jack Cullington (County Champion 2019), Peter Johns (President 2005), Chris Taylor (Current County President), Graham Turner, (President 2017 & 2018), Alan Winstanley (President 2013 & 2014).

Keith Eldred (President 2000) and Frank Myers (President 2012) also attended the lunch.

Thanks to King's Lynn Golf Club for an excellent lunch and to Graham Turner for organsing this inaugural event. There was much reminiscing and everyone present enjoyed themselves. Following lunch it was time to watch the current crop of top amateurs battle for the Championship. It was agreed that this should become an annual event to be held on the second day of the County Amateur Championship.

Norfolk Amateur Championship

Redemption for Jack Cullington

Kings Lynn Golf Club hosted the 72 hole stroke play event over a weekend of testing conditions. The weather gods were particularly unkind greeting the players with a constant downpour and a swirling wind. The superbly presented golf course dealt with the elements playing beautifully, congratulations to the greenstaff.

The tight par 72 course whilst not being the longest required precision and thoughtful play. Sub par rounds were recorded by Cullington, Morris and Heath, excellent golf given the conditions. />

Leading scorers after the first day:
Jack Cullington 146
Ben Rawsthorne 148
George Morris 148
Kale Heath 149
Dylan Green 152
Richard Wilson 152

The cut line was 159 and the CSS was established at 75 for both rounds.

Sunday was a new day the rain abated and the field had more of a spring in their step. The golf was solid from the leading players with Cullington, Rawsthorne returning 74’s and Morris 73. The best golf of the morning was played by Jamie Smith and Mason Bernstein both returning 2 under 70’s. Bernstein ruing a triple bogey in the round.

As the afternoon unfolded Cullington continued to play steady golf returning a one under 71. The chasing pack could not keep pace with Morris returning 73 and Rawsthorne 74. Last year’s winner Warren Bates shared the best round with Cullington returning a 71.

So, it was redemption for Jack Cullington. Having lost in a three way play off last year he must have been very satisfied with the performance he produced over two contrasting days.

The top 5 scores:
Jack Cullington 291
George Morris 295
Ben Rawsthorne 296
Jamie Smith 299
Richard Wilson 301

Kings Lynn won the team shield, Ian Yule, Kale Heath and Mason Bernstein returning a score of 459 to edge out Eaton.

Next year's event will be held at Thetford Golf Club.

Norfolk Amateur Championship 2019

Team Winners - King's Lynn

From left to right; Chris Taylor (County President), Iain Yule, Kale Heath and Mason Bernstein

Coronation Salvers

Thetford Golf Club - May 26th 2019

Thetford Golf Club hosted the Coronation Salvers and congratulations to them for staging the event.

The large field playing a foursomes stableford format were confronted with a challenging course on a blustery day with a few annoying showers.

It was encouraging to see such a mixed combination of pairings for this popular event. Given the conditions and the length of the course it was no surprise when two former Thetford, County players and new professionals; Jack Yule and Giles Evans headed the field with 38 points.

This was tough on the early pace setters Andrew and Gill Gooch from Bawburgh who had a long wait sitting on 37 points, being pipped at the post late in the day. However, their fine 19 points on the back nine enabled them to prevail over Warren Blackwell & Bernie Vaughan from Costessey.

Leading Scores:
J Yule & G Evans 38 Points
A Gooch & J Gooch 37 Points
W Blackwell & B Vaughan 37 Points
M Allen & S Allen 36 Points
L Cossey & J Emery 36 Points
R Taylor & S Taylor 36 Points
M Horsburgh & D Horsburgh 36 Points

2019 County Foursomes

Sunday - Finals Day

Eaton Golf Club hosted the first Championship of 2019 and what a splendid job they did.

Saturday was a very cold day for the field and this reflected a little with the scoring,the top score being 73 points and the final pairing qualifying with 67 points.

Sunday was a new day not as cold but unpleasantly wet in the morning.

The Championship Semi Finals saw the Eaton pair of Neil Harrison and Phil Sayers come back from 3 down to defeat the Kings Lynn pair of Ian Yule and Kale Heath at the first extra hole in what was arguably the match of the day. The second semi final paired Eaton's James Lazzari and Paul Lincoln with Eaton's Jamie Smith and Mason Bernstein. This was another closely contested match match with Smith and Bernstein running out eventual winners,

Eaton had three home players in the Final; Harrison, Sayers and Smith with Bernstein representing Kings Lynn for the Carrick and Thompson Bowls. Thankfully the weather eased, Smith and Bernstein despite giving 5 shots to their opponents ran out the eventual winners with a handshake on 15th hole. The third  and fourth match place went to the 18th.  With  Lazarri and Lincoln wining two up against Yule and Heath,

The Challenge Salvers  was another all Eaton affair, the winners were Mark Eglington and Jake Anema who had a titanic struggle with Colin Campbell and Mark Smith with the match being decided at the first extra hole. Mark Williamson and Jon Batten defeating James Hazel and Mark Sadler in the third and fourth place play off.

Next years event will be held at Gt Yarmouth and Caister golf club

2nd Flight

3rd/4th Playoff
Mark Williamson & Jon Batten
James Hazel & Seb Sadler
Royal Cromer


1st Extra Hole

The Final
Colin Campbell & Mark Ssmith
Mark Eglington & Jake Anema


1st Extra Hole
The Championship

3rd/4th Playoff
James Lazzari & Paul Lincoln
Iain Yule & Kale Heath

King's Lynn
82 & 1

The Final
Jamie Smith & Mason Bernstein
Neil Harrison & Phil Sayers
Eaton/King's Lynn


4 & 3

2019 County Foursomes - Sunday 7th April 2019


Game NoTimePlayersClubStrokes Rec'dResult


Colin Campbell & Mark Smith
Mark Williamson & Jon Batten

Royal Cromer


James Hazel & Seb Sadler
Mark Eglington & Jake Anema
Sprowston Manor



0828James Lazzari & Paul Lincoln
Jamie Smith & Mason Bernstein

Eaton / King's Lynn


Iain Yule & Kale Heath
Neil Harrison & Phil Sayers
King's Lynn



2019 County Foursomes

Saturday Results

PositionPlayer 1Player 2Rnd 1Rnd 2Total


James Lazzari

Paul Lincoln



1st Flight


Iain Yule

Kale Heath





Neil Harrison

Phil Sayers





Jamie Smith

Mason Bernstien





Mark Eglington

Jake Anema



2nd Flight


James Hazel

Seb Sadler





Colin Campbell

Mark Smith





Mark Williamson

Jon Batten





  John Rix

  James Flesher





  Aaron Stuttard

  Sonny Williams





  Charlie Green

  Jonny Allen





  Chris Waterman

  Kevin Chapman





  Mark Allen

  Richard Allen





  Sean McCune

  Kevin Fernandes





  Simon Chaney

  Richard Wilson





  Alex Bates

  Matthew Strudwick





  Lee Atkins

  Anthony Reeve





  Stephen Long

  Matthew Armon





  Scott Wright

  Richard Barker





  Adrian Myhill

  Greig Shepherd





  Dylan Green

  James Garbutt





  Lewis Robson

  Paul Robson




2018 Match-Play Championships

The culmination to a great season.............

The 2018 Match Play Championships returned for the second year to Heacham Manor Golf Club for what is the finale of the Order of Merit season.

The Order of Merit is kindly sponsored by Heacham Manor Hotel so coming to its home was a fitting destination to see the culmination of a well fought year long campaign.

Day one was pleasant featuring warmth and sunshine coupled with strong winds. For the first round, 32 players (16 Scratch and 16 Handicap) took to the field with each player looking forward to a good test of golf with the aspiration of taking the Championship title by the end of play on day 2. After some spirited golf only 8 players in each division remained to battle it out for the right to reach the semi-finals on day 2. Good golf was the order of the day and after some heroic matches finally the 4 players from each division emerged ready to go forward to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals morning was an altogether different day with strong winds and driving, penetrating rain.
In the Scratch division, Carl Green (Gt Yarmouth & Caister) met Jack Cullington (Bawburgh) and Warren Bates (Heacham Manor) faced Richard Wilson (Dereham) and in the Handicap division Tyler Crosby (Dunston Hall) took on Charlie Green and Sea Rafferty (Costessey Park) was pitted against Joe Ellis (King’s Lynn). The golf was extraordinarily good in the face of severe conditions and credit is due to the players for their skill and the course for being so well presented holding up well throughout. The semi finals resulted in Green beating Cullington by just 1 hole and Bates closing out his match against Wilson 5 & 4. Crosby beat Green 3 & 2 and Rafferty beat Ellis 2 & 1 and so the finals were set.

The afternoon saw no change in the weather so after a hearty lunch all the players took to the course in very testing conditions. Carl Green playing Warren Bates for the Scratch Championship, even with the bad weather this game didn’t disappoint, with the result Carl Green beating Warren Bates 3/2 and with it taking the 2019 Match-Play Championship title. 3rd & 4th play-off went right to the 18th hole with Jack Cullington beating Richard Wilson by just one hole.

The Handicap division Championship title went to Sean Rafferty who beat Tyler Crosby. The 3rd & 4th play-off match saw Charlie Green beat Joe Ellis.

Two great days on a course in presented in fine condition. The hospitality of the Club was terrific, with everyone well looked after by Heacham Manor’s Edd Howes and his team.

2018 Scratch Knock-Out Finals

Hunstanton strike....

Richmond Park hosted the 2018 Scratch Knock-out Finals in splendid style.
The morning semi-finals saw Hunstanton take on Eaton and Costessey Park face Dunston Hall.
The Hunstanton v Eaton match was a close affair with Hunstanton coming out on top with a 4 games to 1 victory.
Costessey Park and Dunston Hall was a tough affair also however Costessey Park did manage to edge through by the same margin as the first semi-final winning 4 games to 1 and so, the final was set. Hunstanton would take on Costessey Park for the 2018 Championship
The first game was Tom Beasley (Hunstanton) against Dylan Green (Costessey Park) with Tom completing a successful day winning by 4 holes up with three to play.
Charles Mackay (Hunstanton) pitted against Shan Larkins of (Costessey Park) this time finished in favour of the Costessey Park player again by a margin of 4 and 3 so things were hotting up.
Game three saw Chris White (Hunstanton) take on Aiden Tanner (Costessey Park) and Chris proved a little too experienced for Aiden keeping the same winning margin of 4 and 3.
Game four was Dan Messias (Hunstanton) against past County Captain Kevin Webb (Costessey Park) however this time the spoils were halved finishing all square.
Will Chapman (Hunstanton) met Warren Blackwell (Costessey Park) in the final game with Will finishing off a great game and a great day for Hunstanton securing a 1 hole win.
Hunstanton were crowned Scratch Knockout winners for 2018.

Norfolk Seniors

Southern Counties Seniors Foursomes -Final

Norfolk Seniors travelled to Ealing GC to play in the Southern Foursomes Final having beaten Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire to qualify. The 36 hole scratch foursomes matchplay completion has an unusual format, but ultimately the team with the most wins on the day emerge victorious.
At the final Norfolk played Sussex, Hertfordshire and Devon who had qualified having beaten the Counties in their zone. It was clear soon after arrival that Norfolk would need to perform much better than their handicaps suggested, if they were to challenge Teams that were loaded with stronger players.
In the morning Norfolk started strong and at one point were up in 4 of the 5 matches, but by lunchtime the picture had changed with Norfolk securing a win through Mark Skipper and Adrian Myhill and a half through Rob Webb and Alistair Pykett, but losing the other three matches. After lunch the Norfolk players again played solid golf but were unable to add to the 1.5 points secured in the morning.
The final scoring saw Sussex emerge winners and Norfolk in 4th place. This was only the second time Norfolk have reached this final and the real achievement was in getting there.

L to R:
Rob Webb, Neal Milton, Alistair Pykett, Tony Richards, Tony Ralton, Mark Skipper,
Graham Turner (County President), David Pattrick, John Tavener, Adrian Myhill and Michael Horley.

2018 Myhill Trophy - Final

Smiles, smiles, smiles...

2018 Myhill Trophy Final between Gt Yarmouth & Caister and Bawburgh was held at Swaffham Golf Club and what a day….. the course was
presented in excellent condition and the greens were running true and fast.

The final over 36 holes saw the morning foursomes start tentatively with both sides edging ahead, first one then the other. After the first 18 holes, Bawburgh went in for lunch leading by 2 holes and hoping for a repeat performance in the afternoon. Gt Yarmouth & Caister were not left wanting and started off with an early lead in the first game and the third game but Bawburgh held their nerve in games two and four making steady progress towards their goal. The match was played in great spirit with both teams offering some quality golf for the many spectators who turned out to be entertained. They were not disappointed. The match concluded with Bawburgh increasing their overall margin and went on to become Myhill Trophy Champions for 2018 by a total of 8 holes.

Both teams can be very proud of their achievement in reaching the final. They each played Four pairs, Five matches of 36 holes covering over 720 holes in all, so to everyone, well done.

2018 Cullington Cup - Final

I came, I saw, I etc etc

2018 Cullington Cup Final – Also hosted by Swaffham Golf Club this match was the culmination of a hard-fought season and saw Costessey Park take on King’s Lynn for the Championship.
In the morning games Costessey Park raced to an early lead and by lunch time enjoyed a 7 hole margin. King’s Lynn were clearly inspired by the lunch and overcame the deficit and were enjoying a great resurgence, taking the lead. Back came Costessey Park and the match by the end of the afternoon round finished all square on the day.
A play-off was the order of the day with both teams choosing their best pairings to go off for a sudden death playoff. A tense affair with no quarter asked or given. The game and the match was decided on the first extra hole with Costessey Park taking the ‘laurel leaves’ of the Cullington Cup Champions for 2018. A truly epic contest well fought and a credit to both teams.

2018 Norfolk Open and Professional Championships

secured at last..............

Hunstanton Golf Club played host to the 2018 Norfolk Open and Professional Championships. Held in glorious conditions on a beautifully presented golf course, offering a real test to the assembled players.

Andrew Marshall, a stalwart of County Junior Golf in his early years and a continuing association into his Professional career enjoyed a thoroughly successful day. The morning round was solid with a score of 73 and the afternoon was nothing short of spectacular finishing with a 66 and a combined total of 139 and with it securing both titles on offer, that of the Norfolk Open Champion and also that of the Norfolk Professional Champion. What a day !!
Fellow Norfolk Professionals completed the podium places with Alex Holmes securing 2nd spot with a 142 followed by Mark Spooner finishing 3rd with a total of 143, in 4th place Neil Lythgoe with 144 and Jason Groat carding a 145 coming in 5th.

Warren Bates, reigning Norfolk Amateur Champion, captured the Henry Craske Salver for the best aggregate score when combining the Amateur Championship and the Open Championship results. A splendid achievement.

2018 Barnard Trophy Final

A fitting finale to this fine tournament

The 2018 tournament conclusion was hosted by Royal Norwich GC and what a great day… Costessey Park took to the field against Fakenham in what turned out to be a most memorable day. The course was in just the vey best condition and worthy of any final, fairways defined, bunkers well groomed and greens to die for.
The players readily accepted the quality on offer and matched it with some high-quality play.
The final is a straight 18 holes, foursomes, matchplay with all holes to count so everything to play for throughout the round. In the final analysis Costessey Park were rewarded by some sterling play running out as Champions for 2018 by just 11 holes.
Fakenham were very creditable runners-up with all matches being played in the very best of good spirits adding to the general atmosphere of how taking part in golf should be.
The players enjoyed a sumptuous meal after the match when many stories of the highs and lows of the game were exchanged. The day finished with County President Graham Turner presenting the 2018 Barnard Trophy to the delighted Costessey Park Team Captain, Nigel Drake.

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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