Boys get campaign off to a flying start

The Norfolk boys' team teed up their season in style when they won the inter-county BUT Trophy for the first time in nine years. The star of the show in the triangular match at Hunstanton was Ryston Park's Tom Covell who scored the maximum four points against Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.

The Norfolk boys' team teed up their season in style when they won the inter-county BUT Trophy for the first time in nine years.

The star of the show in the triangular match at Hunstanton was Ryston Park's Tom Covell who scored the maximum four points against Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.

He was closely followed by his club colleague, Daniel Russell, who notched up 3½ points, as did Kit Holmes of King's Lynn. Both Covell and Russell were making their debut for Norfolk at U18 level. Two more Norfolk heroes were Calum Slowther of Royal Norwich and Chris Boshier of Royal West Norfolk, who were the county's last men out. Slowther took a vital half point from his singles while Boshier impressively won both his to secure the victory. But every member of the team contributed to the scoreline and they all won the praise of former Norfolk junior organiser Keith Bass, who was one of the three men who started this competition and who gave their initials to the trophy.

“It was a wonderful team performance,” said Bass, who presented the trophy. “They all worked together and fought together and they deserved to win - but it was tough.”


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Norfolk dominated this competition in its early years, winning the first six editions. Then Leicestershire took the trophy before Bedfordshire won it for the next eight years.

This time, Norfolk grabbed the advantage in the singles scoring 6½ points out of a possible 10. They were just pipped in the singles by Leicestershire but their morning advantage saw them through.

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In the end, Norfolk won by the clear margin of 2½ points, scoring a total of 17½, followed by Leicestershire on 15 and Bedfordshire 12½

t William Collins,12, marked his first outing for his club, Gt Yarmouth & Caister, with his first hole in one.

The youngster, who only acquired his 28 handicap earlier this year, took a three-wood for his ace shot on the 161-yard 14th on his home course. The hole was playing into the wind.

William was playing in a Bass Trophy clash against Royal Norwich, when he hit his super shot. At the time he was four down and it helped him stage a fightback. He won another hole before finally bowing o

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