Seniors v Leicestershire

10th October 2019 - Royal West Norfolk

On the 10th October Norfolk’s Seniors hosted Leicestershire in a friendly match at the Royal West Norfolk GC.

In line with the clubs 2 ball policy the match format was foursomes both morning and afternoon. On a bright but breezy morning Norfolk lost 5 of the six morning matches, Adrian Myhill and Richard Brown winning on the 18th.

The afternoon was more positive with wins for Mark Williamson with Alistair Pykett, Paul Robson with Michael Horley and Peter Howard with Gary Hillier meaning a 3-3 draw in the afternoon matches. Leicestershire winning 8 & 4 on the day.

This was the Seniors last fixture of 2019.

Final Seniors Match v Lincolnshire

At Seacroft Golf Club on 25th September 2019

On the 25th September 2019, Norfolk Seniors travelled to Seacroft Golf Club in Skegness to play Lincolnshire in their last Anglian match of the year.

Norfolk were at their best in the morning foursomes claiming 3 of the 5 points on offer. The front pair of David Pattrick and John Tavener retained their unbeaten record in the league winning 2&1. Gary Brayshaw and Alistair Pykett finished with a battling half before Neil Milton and Adrian Myhill came in with a 2up win. Paul Robson and Michael Horley lost but the last pair of Richard Brown and Simon Tilbrook fought back from 3 down to grab a half at the last.

The afternoon singles showed the true strength of the Lincolnshire team who won 9 of the 10 singles matches. Norfolk’s point came from Adrian Myhill who won 5&3. Alistair Pykett, Michael Horley and Paul Robson had close games but lost out at the death.

The final score of 11 - 4 to Lincolnshire saw them take 2nd place in the league and Norfolk in familiar territory at the bottom.

The season has seen Norfolk perform well in the foursomes aspect of the matches, beating 3 of the four other Counties. However, they have only been able to take 15 of the 40 points available in the singles games.

Norfolk Seniors v Nottinghamshire

21st August at Newark Golf Club

Norfolk’s Seniors travelled to Newark Golf Club on 21st August to play a friendly match against Nottinghamshire.

The course was in excellent condition and provided a good venue for a competitive 4ball betterball match.

Norfolk front pair of Alistair Pykett and Ian Hogg battled hard and took their game down the 18th, but lost 1 down. The second pair of Roger Finney and Mark Allen lost to strong Notts pair. Richard Brown and Adrian Myhill put in a solid performance to win 4&3 and with Micheal Horley and Harvey Scott also winning 3&2 the match was level. Despite their best efforts the final pair of Graham Turner and Peter Howard lost the last game meaning a 3 & 2 win for Nottinghamshire

South East Foursomes

4th July at Bedfordshire Golf Club

On the 4th July Norfolk Seniors travelled to The Bedfordshire GC for the South East Region Foursomes qualifier, hoping to repeat their success in 2018.

Norfolk faced Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and of course the hosts Bedfordshire.
In the five morning matches Norfolk took an impressive 3.5 points with wins for David Pattrick with John Tavener, Adrian Myhill with Alistair Pykett and Paul Robson with Michael Horley.

Playing their first County seniors match Mark Williamson with Steve Large birdied the 18th to secure the half point.

The afternoon saw Norfolk run out of steam and with all five pairings losing, Norfolk failed to add to their points tally. Cambridgeshire collected 4.5 points in the afternoon to qualify for the finals at Exeter GC in September.

Norfolk Seniors v Northamptonshire

17th June at Sheringham

On 17th June, Norfolk Seniors took on Northamptonshire at Sheringham GC in their Anglian League match.

The morning foursomes were played in a brisk wind and the Northamptonshire players coped best in the early conditions, winning 3.5 —1.5. Another win for David Pattrick with John Tavener and a half for Tony Richards with Nick Lyons delivering Norfolk’s points.

In the afternoon singles Northamptonshire started strongly winning the first three games, however at mid afternoon with Norfolk up in the remaining 7 singles matches it looked very positive. However, a late fightback by Northamptonshire in 2 games saw the afternoon halved 5 games all. Norfolk's wins coming from Nick Lyons, David Pattrick, John Tavener, Gary Brayshaw and Alistair Pykett.

The Seniors next outing is at the Bedfordshire GC on 4th July in the South East Foursomes.

County Seniors v Cambridgeshire

Norfolk gain their first league point in 2 years

On a day flagged with weather warnings for heavy rain, Norfolk Seniors hosted neighbours Cambridgeshire at Swaffham Golf Club in the Anglian League.

The morning Foursomes went well Norfolk taking a 3 & 2 lead by lunchtime, David Pattrick with Nick Lyons and Gary Hillier with Ian Hogg both winning. Rob Webb with Richard Oakes and Paul Robson with Micheal Horley both halved, the latter pair winning the last two holes to do so.

Dry clothing adorned the afternoon singles went out in heavy rain, after an early Norfolk win from Richard Oakes, Cambridge convincingly won the next 4 games. However the Norfolk tail wagged and wins for Adrian Myhill, Mark Skipper, and Paul Robson together with a battling half from Ian Hogg were enough for Norfolk to draw the Match and secure their first League point for two seasons.

The Seniors now take on Northamptonshire at Sheringham GC on Monday 17th June.

County Seniors

Match v Suffolk

On 30th May the County Seniors travelled to Rushmere GC to play Suffolk in their first League match of the year. With the sun shining and the greens running smooth and true, the morning foursomes were a tight affair. David Pattrick and John Tavener secured an early half. The back pairs of Adrian Myhill with Mark Skipper and Rob Webb with Roger Finney won 1up and 2 &1 respectively, meaning at lunch the game was all square.

Second out in the afternoon singles Alistair Pykett had an excellent 3 & 2 victory and the ever dependable David Pattrick going out fourth secured another half. Sadly the only other player to taste success in the singles was Rob Webb who played some fine golf to beat the Suffolk Captain 2 & 1.

Despite a disappointing 10 - 5 defeat, most of the games were close fought and the team left in good spirits looking forward to the challenge of Cambridgeshire at Swaffham GC on 10th June

Norfolk Seniors v Norfolk Ladies

Always a great season opener.....

On a fresh sunny day at Gt Yarmouth and Caister the County Seniors played their annual friendly match against the County Ladies. The format was scratch betterball with 4 pairs a side.

The front pairing of Mark Skipper and Richard Brown battled hard but were unable to match the impressive 6 under performance of Tiffany Mills and Chloe Gibbs, eventually losing 3 & 2.

The second match was an all Royal Norwich affair with Adrian Myhill and Greig Shepherd playing Jo Hurd and Eve Nield. Eve started strongly with two birdies and an Eagle on the first 3 par fives, but some solid golf from the 6th onwards saw the Seniors fight back and eventually win the 18th for a 1up victory.

Match 3 saw the strong partnership of David Pattrick and John Tavener take on Vanessa Mann and Jess Rutherford, once again they performed excellently winning 5 & 3.

In the last game, having been hit with three birdies in the four previous holes, Alistair Pykett and Graham Turner secured a half with Sammy Martin and Imogen Leeder by winning the 18th hole.

An excellent win, in the final friendly prior to the League matches beginning next month.’

Norfolk Seniors begin their 2019 campaign...

On Monday 1st April Norfolk Seniors played a friendly match against Bedfordshire at Thetford Golf Club.

A bright sunny day saw strong morning performances, winning 4 of the 6 greensomes matches, Mark Skipper and Peter Allott (5 & 4) , John Tavener and David Pattrick (4 & 3) , Michael Horley and Paul Robson (2 & 1) and Richard Oakes and Adrian Myhill (2 & 1).

In the afternoon betterball matches the pairs of John Tavener/David Pattrick and Micheal Horley/Paul Robson won again, 2 & 1 and 4 & 3 respectively. Richard Oakes and Adrian Myhill halved their match but 3 matches were lost. Overall the day was halved.

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