Cains maintains excellent run by winning county Scratch Knockout title

Swaffham's Nic Cains is all smiles after his county triumph at Eaton Golf Club. Picture: Norfolk CGU

Swaffham's Nic Cains is all smiles after his county triumph at Eaton Golf Club. Picture: Norfolk CGU - Credit: Archant

Swaffham's Nic Cains maintained his excellent end to the season by retaining the Norfolk Scratch Knockout Trophy at Eaton Golf Club.

The 23-year-old PGA trainee followed up an impressive top-four finish in the recent East Anglian Open by seeing off the vastly experienced Ian Ellis of Great Yarmouth and Caister 2&1 in the final,

It was a third impressive showing of the summer for Cains in county events, following victory in the Strokeplay Championship and second place in the Norfolk Open.

The two semi-finals at Eaton were won convincingly by Ellis, who beat Charlie Bright (Sheringham) 6&5 and Cains, who saw off Bawburgh's Michael Few by the same margin.

Both of the afternoon matches were close affairs, with each match coming to the 16th tee with only one hole between the players.

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In the top match Cains was one ahead playing the 17th and secured victory on that green to retain his trophy.

Few birdied the long par five 16th while another birdie at the 17th secured him third place.

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PGA Norfolk Order of Merit after nine events: Ian Ellis 49, Nic Cains 49, Chase Davis (Marriott Sprowston Manor) 41, Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) 35, Mark Spooner (Bawburgh Family Golf) 21, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) 13½, Mark Allen (Eaton) 13, Nick Lucas (Dunston) 10.

Heacham Manor junior Alfie Edgson has won the Handicap Junior Order of Merit title.

Alfie, who started the season with a handicap of 26 and has got it down to 17, recorded a net 70 at Eaton, a net 69 at King's Lynn and a net 63 at Royal Norwich.

In the men's handicap section he came third with an impressive 210 points, the adults having an extra four events in which to compete.

In August, Alfie also won the County Boys U12 Scratch Championship at Wensum Valley.

He has now qualified to play in the Norfolk Handicap Matchplay Championship to be held on his home course on October 14 and 15. Heacham Manor are the sponsors of the Order of Merit and are proud to have Alfie representing the club.

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