COUNTY MATCH PLAY FINALS - The winners

Left to right; Warren Bates, Scratch Champion, with Casey Patterson, Handicap Champion.

COUNTY MATCH PLAY FINALS

Held at Heacham Manor on 10th & 11th October 2020

The final event of the rearranged Norfolk County Golf Union championships was played at Heacham Manor.

The top sixteen players from the Scratch and Handicap sections of the season’s Order of Merit and Championship points scoring events turned up at Heacham on a very bleak autumnal morning.They had to face cold winds off the North Sea and heavy rain at times. Preparation and the correct clothing were vital to make it through the first round.

There were notable victories in the first round for Kevin Webb, knocking out George Morris and Mark Brayshaw eliminating the in-form Dylan Green. In the afternoon quarter finals Richard Wilson, Warren Bates, Tom Clements & Webb made it through. Clements' game against Liam Cossey went to the final hole.

Sunday was a better day and the two top seeds made it through in the semi finals, Bates beating Wilson and Clements proving too strong for Webb.

The Final of the Scratch was a classic, with two of Norfolk’s top players head to head. Warren Bates had the edge on driving distance but Tom Clements' short game was superb and in the first five holes the players produced five birdies between them. Bates edged ahead with birdies on the 11th and 14th and was two up heading down the 16th hole. Superb putts from Clements on the 16th and 17th for birdies turned the match around and they were all square heading down the 18th. It was the kind of match that didn’t deserve to have a loser but the contest was decided on the putting green with Warren Bates edging home to his first Match Play victory on home soil. It was a fitting moment when County Sponsor Paul Searles presented the Trophy to Warren.

Kevin Webb beat Richard Wilson in the 3rd / 4th Play Off.
The Handicap section was dominated by Norfolk’s exciting generation of Junior players, with six making it through to the last 8 and then taking all four Semi Final places on the Sunday morning.

Casey Patterson from Royal Cromer beat Charlie Woodward from Royal Norwich in a close fought Final, whilst Jamison Gray won the 3rd / 4th Play off against Sean Rafferty.

CORONATION SALVERS 20th September

Held at Bawburgh Golf Club

BAWBURGH PAIR WIN THE CORONATION SALVERS

Bawburgh were the host Golf Club for this years Coronation Salvers, a Foursomes Stableford competition with mixed pairs welcomed. The course was firm due to the lack of rain, with fast running greens. Maybe these conditions meant the scoring was lower than for some previous years.

Early starting pair of Marcus Cornish & Justin Warr (pictured) set an excellent target of 38 points on their home course but had to wait three hours to see if any other pairs could beat their score. John and Julie Little from Sheringham equalled the 38 points but unfortunately for them, lost on countback.

The teams of Matthew Strudwick & Mark Brewster, Darren Skinner & Richard Wilson and Josh & David Weeds came in with 35 points, the Weeds’ score boosted by Josh’s hole in one on the 16th hole.

John Aspland & Ian Millins came in with 34 points and Bawburgh pair Chris Ingram & Jo Barnard were best of the pairings on 33 points. They beat the following groups on count back - Warren Bates & Carl Green, Richard Bunn & Tim Sims and previous winners Alfie Gotts & Brian Dack.

So, after a long, nervous wait, Cornish and Warr could relax and enjoy their win!

The final event of the season will be the Match Play Championships at Heacham Manor on 10th & 11th October

NORFOLK COUNTY FOURSOMES - 16th August 2020

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

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.

Results;
Professionals
Amateurs
Combined

NORFOLK AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - 2nd August 2020

JUNIOR DOMINANCE CONTINUES IN NORFOLK’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

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 SENIORS' CHAMPIONSHIP - 6th August 2020

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.

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

NCGU CHAMPIONSHIPS

DateChampionshipVenueEntry
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

2020 ORDER OF MERIT EVENTS

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

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