Norfolk on course for title defence

NORFOLK’S senior golfers are just one victory away from retaining their East Anglian title after a comfortable victory over Northamptonshire at Royal Norwich Golf Club.  The hosts maintained their 100 per cent record for the 2022 season with a 9.5-5.5 success in which every member contributed to the positive points tally. With one of the visitors ruled out with a back injury, Norfolk were awarded a walkover in the first foursomes match – and never trailed thereafter. 

The morning’s play finished with Norfolk ahead 3.5-1.5 – a lead they had significantly extended by the halfway stage of the singles. 

Northants went some way to clawing back the deficit but the final head-to-head saw Mark Jennings closing out with another win for Norfolk. It was Jennings’ second victory on the day – a feat also achieved by Iain Reid. 

Norfolk take a break before reconvening on September 19 for their final East Anglia Senior League match away at Lincolnshire. 

East Anglian Senior League result

Norfolk 9.5 Northamptonshire 5.5 (Played at Royal Norwich Golf Club)

Foursomes (Norfolk players named first)
Jon Baker-Odlin and Simon Butts w/o v Dominic Jessop and Alistair Heslop
Steve Dunsire and John Little lost 2-down v Brendon Moss and Ian Hull 
Stephen Long and Iain Reid won 4&3 v Gary Grimmitt and Ian Wicks
Richard Oakes and Neil Milton halved with Roger Butler and Alan Freeman
Adrian Myhill and Mark Jennings won 1-up v Greg Thomas and Simon Orrey 

Baker-Odlin halved with Wicks
Butts lost 3&2 v Collins
Little won 3&2 v Hull
Reid won 2-up v Grimmitt 
Dunsire won 4&3 v Freeman
Myhill lost 2&1 v Butler
Long lost 2/1 v Trench
Oakes w/o v Jessop 
Milton halved with Hughes
Jennings won 3&2 v Orrey

Norfolk seniors: Jon Baker-Odlin (Dereham), Iain Reid (Eaton), Steve Dunsire (Sheringham), John Little (Sheringham), Simon Butts (Hunstanton), Adrian Myhill (Royal Norwich), Richard Oakes (Hunstanton) Neal Milton (Sheringham), Mark Jennings (King’s Lynn), Stephen Long (Eaton)

Tavener’s team triumph at Thetford

NORFOLK’S senior golf side maintained their 100 per cent start to the new season with an 8-7 success against Cambridgeshire at Thetford.

The victory margin was slender but it doesn’t quite tell the full story as the result was secured well before the final singles match concluded.

After the five morning foursomes matches ended with honours even, the hosts made a flying start to the singles to seize control.

Indeed, it was a similar story last season when the two counties met – Norfolk moved 6-3 up at the Gog Magog club on the outskirts of Cambridge.

But on that occasion Cambridgeshire made a late charge and turned the match on its head.

Happily for captain John Tavener’s Norfolk team there was no repeat on home soil as Sheringham golfer Steve Dunsire – out in the sixth of the ten singles head-to-heads – secured a 2&1 success to clinch a telling eighth point.

The visitors duly narrowed the gap, finishing with a flourish as they claimed victory in the final four ties.

A relieved Tavener said: “Shades of last year but not quite the same outcome.”

Dunsire was one of three Norfolk players to win both of their matches. His foursomes partner John Little – also from Sheringham – was a thumping 7&6 winner in his afternoon singles clash.

Hunstanton golfer Simon Butts followed up his morning triumph, achieved in partnership with Jon Baker-Odlin, with a 3&2 victory.

Norfolk, who won the East Anglian Senior League in 2021, have won both of their opening matches in the latest season.

East Anglian Senior League result

Norfolk 8 Cambridgeshire 7 (Played at Thetford Golf Club)

Foursomes (Norfolk players named first)
Jon Baker-Odlin and Simon Butts won 4&3 v Kevin Parsons and Gerald Collins
Stephen Long and Iain Reid lost 1-down v Bill McQueeney and Paul Izzard
Steve Dunsire and John Little won 2&1 v Jeremy Baldwin and Keith Moore
Richard Oakes and John Tavener lost 1-down v Steve Hedges and Steve Trench
Neal Milton and Adrian Myhill halved with Terry Ryan and Neil Hughes

Baker-Odlin halved with Parsons
Butts won 3&2 v Collins
Little won 7&6 v Ryan
Reid won 5&4 v McQueeney
Long won 3/2 v Trench
Dunsire won 2&1 v Izzard
Oakes lost 3&1 v Moore
Myhill lost 3&1 v Baldwin
Tavener lost 3&2 v Hedges
Milton lost 4&3 to Hughes

Norfolk seniors: John Tavener (Sheringham), Jon Baker-Odlin (Dereham), Iain Reid (Eaton), Steve Dunsire (Sheringham), John Little (Sheringham), Simon Butts (Hunstanton), Adrian Myhill (Royal Norwich), Richard Oakes (Hunstanton) Neal Milton (Sheringham), Stephen Long (Eaton)

Norfolk seniors start title defense with narrow win

NORFOLK’S senior golfers began their regional title defense with a slender success over Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

Norfolk took the East Anglian Senior League title in 2021 and maintained that winning feeling in the opening fixture of the new campaign.

The team held off a strong Suffolk fightback to record an exciting 8-7 victory as the match went right down to the wire.

The narrow win matched the feat of the county first team, who edged their Suffolk counterparts 7-5 at Bawburgh earlier this month.

Norfolk’s seniors looked in control at Bury St Edmunds as they built on their 3-2 foursomes lead with a flurry of early points from the afternoon singles ties.

But Suffolk mounted a fine response in the later matches and for a time it looked as if they may turn the tables on their visitors.

In the end it came down to the final game left on the course with Norfolk’s captain John Tavener involved in a nip and tuck head-to-head with Gary Seaman.

The pair were all square playing the long par-4 17th hole, which Tavener won with a superb birdie.

That took the pressure off as it guaranteed the half-point that Norfolk needed to secure an outright victory over their traditional rivals.Also starring on the away side were Jon Baker-Odlin and debutant Iain Reid - both claimed two points apiece.

Fellow Norfolk new boy Steve Dunsire collected a very creditable point and a half from his two games, while Kelvin Burns marked his first appearance for the side by partnering Tavener in a hard-fought morning victory.

East Anglian Senior League result

Suffolk 7 Norfolk 8 (Played at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club)

Foursomes (Suffolk players named first)
Steve Crosby and Trevor Hellyer lost 3&2 to Jon Baker-Odlin and Iain Reid
Simon Goldsmith and Gary Seaman lost 2&1 to Steve Dunsire and John Little
Steve Duffety and Graham Sykes won 3&1 v Simon Butts and Phil Brown
Roger Taylor and John Newsome won 3&2 v Adrian Myhill and Mark Skipper
Roger Nicholson and Phil Smailes lost 2&1 John Tavener and Kelvin Burns

Nicholson lost 1-down to Baker-Odlin (Dereham)
Smailes lost 2&1 to Butts (Hunstanton)
Goldsmith won 2&1 v Little (Sheringham)
Newsome lost 3&2 to Reid (Eaton)
Sykes halved with Dunsire (Sheringham)
Taylor lost 4&3 to Myhill (Royal Norwich)
Duffety won 3&2 v Skipper (Eaton)
Crosby won 3&2 v Brown (Sprowston Manor)
Seaman halved with Tavener (Sheringham)
Hellyer won 5&4 v Burns (Great Yarmouth & Caister)

Dereham golfer Jon Baker-Odlin secured two points for Norfolk seniors in their 8-7 win against Suffolk (picture credit RushmerPR)
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