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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