Carl Green back in amateur ranks - and preparing for County Championship

Carl Green is back in the amateur ranks - and preparing to play in the County Championships. Picture

Carl Green is back in the amateur ranks - and preparing to play in the County Championships. Picture: CLUB - Credit: Archant

Carl Green has returned to the amateur ranks - and will be forming part of a strong Great Yarmouth and Caister contingent at this weekend's County Championship.

The man who has an major appearance on his CV, having participated in the 1994 Open Championship at Turnberry, is one of a number of players from the club who will have title aspirations in the four round event at Royal Norwich, which gets under way on Saturday at 7.45am.

Others include 2015 champion Simon Clark, regular contender Thaine Hacon and talented youngster Tom Carding - but it's Green's inclusion in the line-up that catches the eye.

Now 47, he has left the professional ranks and the County Championship is his first big individual target, having already featured as a team player for Norfolk in the Anglian League and the Eastern Counties Foursomes.

'It takes a while to get your amateur status back but it's sorted now and it's good to be out there playing,' said the Great Yarmouth born player, who now makes his living working for Acle-based Electrical Testing Ltd.

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'I have really enjoyed playing for Norfolk again for the first time in 30 years and now there's the County Championship to look forward to. I'll just go out there and give it my best shot and see where it takes me. It's good to part of a strong Great Yarmouth and Caister team and hopefully one of us can win.'

Whatever happens at the weekend nothing is likely to top an appearance at the Open 24 years ago. Green's scorecards from the event record rounds of 75 and 76 - but they remain amongst his most treasured possessions.

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'It was a big thrill to get through at Kilmarnock Barassie on six under and from then on it was a great just to play in such a big tournament, even though I missed the cut,' said the man who was representing Bawburgh at the time. 'I can still remember my playing partners - Andrew Coltart and Steen Tinning - while I also had a practice round with a young Phil Mickelson. It was the year Nick Price won and Jesper Parnevik should have won. Nick flew back to Norwich afterwards with the trophy to see his mum, who was living here at the time, so there was another Norfolk connection!'

The event at Royal Norwich looks wide open this year, with last year's champion Jack Yule having turned professional and 2016 winner Toby Briggs now at university in the United States.

Scoring was low at the latest Norfolk CGU Order of Merit event at Royal Norwich on Sunday, with four players going under 70.

Ideal playing conditions and a shortened course due to redevelopment played a part, but it was still an impressive performance from the front-runners, none more so than winner Liam Cossey.

Playing on his home course in an event that was held in conjunction with the Royal Norwich Roger Trower Open, Cossey posted a three under par total of 67 to lift the trophy that honours the memory of the former county secretary and club stalwart by two shots.

Also under par on the day were fellow Royal Norwich players Kieran Myatt and Sonny Williams and Feltwell's Chris Robson, who all of whom came in with rounds of 69.

The handicap section also produced some impressive scoring. The winner here was another home player Adam Mayes with a fantastic eight under par nett 62 which saw him finish just ahead of Julian Ellis of King's Lynn (64) and Jacob Jeary of Marriott Sprowston Manor (65).

All the players teeing up at Royal Norwich were seeking points to qualify for the end of season Match Play Championships at Heacham Manor, with the top 13 in each category being offered places.

Dereham's Richard Wilson, who wasn't playing at Royal Norwich, currently leads the way in the scratch division after four events while Jeary is setting the pace in the handicap section.

Scratch: Richard Wilson 180 points, Kevin Webb 130.50, Jack Cullington 110.50, James Hazel 100, Iain Yule 100, Liam Cossey 100, Justin Fordham 100, Chris Robson 82.16, Josh Weeds 77.50, Dylan Green 77.50.

Handicap: Jacob Jeary 145, Charlie Woodward 116.25, Adam Mayes 100, Paul Donaghy 100, Kieran Myatt 85, Justin Fordham 85, Alfie Edgson 77.50, Jack Cullington 77.50, Tyler Crosby 77.50, Josh Simpson 77.50.

Junior Scratch: Casey Patterson 187.50, Jacob Jeary 167.50, Ethan Richmond 157.50, Kale Heath 142.50, Sonny Williams 127.50.

Junior Handicap: Jacob Jeary 220, Charlie Woodward 171.66, Alfie Edgson 135, Sonny Williams 135, Casey Patterson 119.16.

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