Amy Taylor maintains proud Norfolk record in regional schools’ event

Norfolk's winning girls' team in the East Region Schools' Championships, from left to right, Ellie B

Norfolk's winning girls' team in the East Region Schools' Championships, from left to right, Ellie Brown, Chloe Gibbs and Amy Taylor. Picture: Norfolk SGA - Credit: Archant

Norfolk girls again turned on the style at the South East of England Schools' Championships, completing a hat-trick of individual and team wins.

Amy Taylor (Wymondham College and Bawburgh) won the Girls' Championship at West Essex Golf Club, making it the third year running that a player from the county has taken the title.

Amy shot 72 in the morning and kept her composure after a 45-minute weather delay to finish with another 72 for an impressive level par total of 144, one shot better than Thalia Kirby of Buckinghamshire.

Chloe Gibbs (Broadland High and Royal Norwich), in her first outing in this event, finished sixth after scores of 80 and 76 and is first reserve for the National Championships at The Kendleshire Golf Club near Bristol on Monday, June 26.

Ellie Brown (Easton & Otley College and Barnham Broom) and Sian Fenn-Green (Dereham Sixth Form and Swaffham) finished in the middle of the field.

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There was further delight for Norfolk as they retained the girls' team title. The trio of Ellie, Amy and Chloe recorded an overall score of 298, five better than Essex. Once again it was the third year in a row that Norfolk girls had won the team event.

The boys' event was again won by an Essex player, Matthew Green, with scores of 71 and 69. The Norfolk players taking part were Jack Cullington (Hellesdon High and Bawburgh), Josh Emery (Easton & Otley College and Royal Norwich), Liam Cossey (Easton & Otley College and Royal Norwich), Max Jacobs (Easton & Otley College and Swaffham) and Warren Bates (Easton & Otley College and Heacham Manor).

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Josh, who finished in 11th place, is first reserve for the National Championships while Warren finished in 13th place and is also a reserve, Jack was 15th while Max and Liam finished further down the field. The boys' team event was won by Essex while Norfolk finished second.

Former winner of the event Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) was in action in the German Open Junior Championships at St Leon Rot last week and finished tied 51st after rounds of 73 and 74. Fellow Norfolk golfer Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall) was tied 11th in the boys' event after rounds of 71 and 70.

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