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Another ‘Feather’ in the cap for Norfolk champ Ed

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ED FEATHERSTONE maintained his golden start to the summer by adding the Norfolk Amateur Championship title to his increasingly impressive CV. The Sheringham High School sixth-former recorded a wire-to-wire win at Royal Cromer Golf Club, powering to an emphatic five-shot success in the 54-hole tournament.

It followed Featherstone’s flying start to June, which began with his victory in the Lagonda Trophy before he played a starring role as Norfolk beat Suffolk in an Anglian League match.

Featherstone, 17, said: “It has been pretty awesome. It’s just nice to see all the hard work that I’ve been trying to put in starting to pay off.”

During his latest triumph, the Sheringham Golf Club member had to contend with breezy conditions and some challenging pin positions before closing out on a level-par total of 216.

Featherstone shot rounds of 73 and 71 on the first day to open up a four-shot lead. Any hint of overnight nerves were instantly dispelled on the second morning when he fired a cracking 3-wood straight down the middle of the first fairway.

It set the tone for the day as Featherstone kept mistakes to a bare minimum in crafting a level-par round of 72 to ensure success in the tournament, which was first staged in 1894.

The teenager was initially unaware of the deep history of the Norfolk Amateur Championship, but is thrilled that he’s now earned his spot on its prestigious roll of honour.

Featherstone added: “I didn’t really realise how old it was and how long it had been going back. All of a sudden I started getting messages saying, ‘there’s some really big names on there’. I had a bit of a check and there’s a few good ones. I’m just glad to be up there with them.”

Tom Clements finished runner-up after he put behind him the disappointment of an opening 78. He bounced back well with rounds of 71 and 72 to end up four strokes clear of fellow Eaton golfer George Morris and Middleton Hall Golf Club’s Scott Wright, who tied for third spot.

James Black missed the 36-hole cut but had the consolation of a hole-in-one. The Royal Norwich teenager aced the 119-yard 17th hole in his first round.

The team trophy, staged over the first 36 holes, was claimed by Eaton’s Clements, Morris and Harry Thomas. Their combined tally of 461 was six shots better than the score posted by the Sheringham trio. 

 

Norfolk Amateur Championship 

(Royal Cromer Golf Club) leading scores

216: E Featherstone (Sheringham) 73 71 73. 

221: T Clements (Eaton) 78 71 72. 

225: G Morris (Eaton) 77 75 73; S Wright (Middleton Hall) 74 74 77. 

227: M Bernstein (King’s Lynn) 77 79 71. 

228: C Roper (The Berkshire) 75 76 77. 

230: G Jarvis (Eaton) 80 76 74; 

I Yule (King’s Lynn) 82 73 75;

C Patterson (Royal Cromer) 77 83 72; 

J Cullington (Dereham) 77 79 76.

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