NORFOLK OPEN - 27th August

Held at Royal Norwich

This years event took place at the Royal Norwich. The course was presented in an excellent condition and provided a stern test for the County's Professionals and top Amateurs.

The County wishes to thank all the personnel at Royal Norwich, both on and off the course, for hosting the event.



Held at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club

Norfolk’s finest golfers travelled from all over the County to Great Yarmouth Caister on Sunday to compete for the County Foursomes title. The event is normally played over two days,Stroke Play on the Saturday and Matchplay on the Sunday but it was decided to reduce the event to one day this year, playing two Stroke Play rounds.

The course, that had been extremely dry, was softened by a heavy downpour early in the morning and the greens were very well presented.

There were some very good scores in at Lunchtime, notably Gary Robinson & Jamie Woods on 42 points, Sadler and Craig Morton on 41 points and Barry Wortley & Mervyn King on 40 points.

In the afternoon the pairing of Josh Withers and Ryan Clarke from Mundesley, added a 41 point round to their morning 33 points to post a 74 point total. This was then bettered by Norfolk pairing George Morris and Ben Rawsthorne with a fine 39 points to add to their morning 36, to post a 75 total.The next best score to come in was Carl Green from GY&C and Simon Corke from Sprowston with of 38 and 39 points, total of 77 points. Ian Reid and Stephen Long from Eaton, started to build on their Lunchtime score of 37 points. With some great iron play from Long and sublime putting from Reid, they amassed an impressive 44 points to post a cumulative score of 81 points (73 and 66 gross). Their round included 6 birdies and 2 bogies to finish four under the course par. None of the Lunchtime leaders could quite find the second round score to pip Reid and Long and they won by four clear points.

Just as the last pairings were playing their final holes, the heavy rain started again but we had been blessed with a dry day for the players to compete over 36 holes.

Special thanks must go to Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club for giving up the course, the County referees, starters and competitions secretary for organising an excellent day.

For all the results click here


Held at Swaffham Golf Club

The Norfolk County Golf Unions’ Senior Golf Championships were held at Swaffham last week and the course proved difficult to master, with only one player bettering their handicap out of a field of 76 players.

The Scratch competition was won by John Little of Sheringham, with a very tidy score of 74, beating last year’s winner, Mark Williamson of Cromer by two strokes. Adrian Myhill, Robert Webb & Tony Gurney-Read came third, fourth & fifth respectively, all on 77.

The Scratch team winners were Royal Norwich – Adi Myhill, Steve Bugden & Paul Robson.

The Handicap competition was won by Les Grayston (pictured) of Wesum Valley with a very fine nett 68, the only player to play better than their handicap on the day. Runner up was Tony Gurney-Read on nett 71, with Robert Webb, John Little and Wilf Gibbons all on nett 72.

The Handicap team event was also won by Royal Norwich – Laurie Pryce, Gary Robinson & Gary Hubbard.

The winner of the Super Seniors (over 70) Scratch & Handicap was Graham Turner of Mundesley Golf Club with Terry Norman of Great Yarmouth & Caister, runner up in both.

Thanks go to Swaffham Golf club for hosting the Event.



The Norfolk Amateur Championship was held at Thetford on Sunday, played over 36 holes on a sunny but breezy day. The course was challenging due to the dry conditions but the greens and tees were presented extremely well.

The leader in the clubhouse at lunch time was Ben Willis from Swaffham Golf Club with a 69 (three under). Ben also plays at Thetford and his course knowledge helped him with a faultless card of three birdies and no dropped shots.

Close behind at lunchtime were Scott Wright from Ryston Park GC with a 71 and Tom Clements from Eaton GC with a 72.

In the afternoon round Norfolk players Kale Heath, Dylan Green and Ben Rawsthorne, all had sub-par rounds of 71, 71 & 70 respectively. But Ben Willis continued his good form from the morning and a run of three birdies on the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes were all due to a “red hot” putter. A dropped shot on the 7th was followed by a birdie shortly afterwards on the 10th, following a superb chip to two feet. On the 11th hole Ben had a three putt from nowhere to bogey the par three. This would have rattled some players but Willis held his nerve and after a fine drive, nearly holed his second shot for an eagle on the 12th. Willis finished with a straight forward par on the 13th (his 18th hole), to shoot another impressive round of 69 and hold a massive six shot lead (138).

With Ben only turning sixteen a month prior, he must be one of the youngest ever Amateur Champions, following on from another junior, Charlie Green winning the Handicap Championship at Eaton in June. There have also been Order of Merit Handicap wins for juniors Jacob Jeary at Bawburgh and Shaun Rafferty at Swaffham. The future is looking bright for Norfolk golf.

Kale Heath from Kings Lynn followed up his good run in the Amateur Championships at Woodhall Spa to finish in second place with 144, followed by Dylan Green on 145 and Ben Rawsthorne & Scott Wright on 147’s.

Thanks must go to Thetford Golf club for allowing the event to take place, the County Officials and Referees and to the event sponsors – Norfolk Dry Wall Company.

Norfolk County Handicap Championships

The first Championship of the Norfolk County Golf Union’s competition calendar, was played at Eaton on Sunday. The course was presented in fantastic condition, with really fast greens. Conditions were very testing with gusts of wind at 40mph and fairly firm ground in places.

Matthew Bowman from Kings Lynn set out in the very first group of the field of 87 players and set a very low score of nett 67 (par 70 course) and this held the lead for quite some time until young Charlie Green from Bawburgh Golf Club equalled the score of nett 67. Initially it looked like Matthew had won on count back but by analysing the exact formula for a count back in a stroke play competition, the title was awarded to Charlie, aged sixteen and possibly the youngest ever winner of the title.

However, Matthew still turned out to be a winner, as Kings Lynn took the team title with a combined score of 215. The team of Bowman, Iain Yule and Josh Ring beat a Bawburgh team of Andrew Gooch, Ben Thompson and Richard Bunn by two strokes.

The full list of individual prize winners was as follows:
1st Charlie Green Bawburgh nett 67 on count back
2nd Matthew Bowman Kings Lynn nett 67
3rd Tom Morgan Eaton nett 68
4th Andrew Gooch Bawburgh nett 71 on count back
5th Greg Smith Eaton nett 71

The tournament was run with strict social distancing adhered to at all times and the new adapted scoring system worked incredibly well, so no score cards were exchanged at any point in time. Players were asked to leave immediately after their round and the Handicap Trophy was awarded to Charlie by the County President at a later date.

The next event on the NCGU calendar is the first Order of Merit event at Bawburgh Golf Club on Sunday 12th July, followed by the County Amateur Championship at Thetford on Sunday 2nd August. Entry forms for these and all other events are on the NCGU website.

2020 Handicap Championship

Team Results

Congratulations to King's Lynn Golf Club the Winners of the Handicap Challenge Shield

Please click here to see the full results

County Handicap Championship 2020 - Eaton

Start Sheet and Eaton's Rules

Please click here for the start times for Sunday 28th June 2020

Eaton's Rules designed to protect the Players, Officials and Staff


28th JuneCounty HandicapEatonT & CsOnline
2nd AugustCounty Amateur ChampionshipThetfordT & CsOnline
6th AugustCounty Seniors'SwaffhamT & CsOnline
16th AugustCounty FoursomesGt Yarmouth & CaisterT & CsOnline
17th AugustCounty Boys'Ryston ParkT & CsOnline
27th AugustNorfolk OpenRoyal NorwichT & CsOnline
20th SeptemberCoronation SalversBawburghT & CsOnline


12th JulyOOMBawburghT & CsOnline
26th JulyOOMSwaffhamT & CsOnline
9th AugustOOMEatonT & CsOnline
6th SeptemberOOMMiddleton HallT & CsOnline

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