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Carding takes top honours in Norfolk Order of Merit at Eaton

PUBLISHED: 08:53 18 August 2017

Chloe Rowswell with past ladies' captain Judith Lee (left) and current captain Monica Dorrington after her success in the Eaton Club Championship. Picture: Club

Chloe Rowswell with past ladies' captain Judith Lee (left) and current captain Monica Dorrington after her success in the Eaton Club Championship. Picture: Club

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A new era for the Norfolk County Golf Union’s Order of Merit series got under way at Eaton, with youngster Tom Carding claiming the win.

The event was the first for new sponsors Heacham Manor Hotel, with a big field seeking points to qualify for the end-of-season Matchplay Championships at Heacham.

Carding, of Great Yarmouth and Caister, returned a gross 69 to come out on top, closely followed by county captain Kevin Webb of Costessey Park with a splendid 71, pipping James Hazel of Sprowston Manor on countback.

The honours for the handicap category went Webb with a nett 67, with Ben Thompson of Bawburgh second (nett 69) and Matthew Strudwick of Dereham completing the podium (nett 70).

In the Junior Order of Merit, Josh Emery of Royal Norwich claimed victory with a gross 75, closely followed by Liam Cossey of Royal Norwich with a 76 and Jack Cullington of Bawburgh on 78.

In the handicap section Alfie Edgson of Heacham Manor took the honours with a nett 70.

On a wild day at Bourn Golf Club in Cambridgeshire the senior teams of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge met for their annual match.

What was a fairly even contest at lunch after the foursomes turned into a one-sided affair in the afternoon singles as Norfolk powered ahead, picking up 45 of the 90 points available.

Long-time stalwart Malcolm Carr was the star of the day, winning all his matches, while county president Graham Turner, a late replacement due to injury, won three matches and halved the fourth. Tony Ralton, Neal Milton, Mike Horley, Doug Gilchrist, Ian Hogg, Tony Richards and John Tavener also made important contributions.

Tavener followed up his recent hole-in-one at Thetford’s third hole by holing his second shot at Bourn’s 13th, using the same seven iron for an eagle two.

Chloe Rowswell became the ladies’ club champion at Eaton for the second year running, beating Karen Young four up in a final that was played over two days because of inclement weather. Play was called off on the 10th green on day one after heavy rain had flooded the course.

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