Clymer challenge gets amateurs in the swing for new county season

The winning team in the Clymer Bowl competition receiving the trophy from club captain Alistair Low

The winning team in the Clymer Bowl competition receiving the trophy from club captain Alistair Low and county vice-president Graham Turner. Picture: NORFOLK CGU - Credit: Archant

The county men's season got under way at the weekend with the annual staging of the Clymer Bowl competition at Great Yarmouth and Caister.

Many of the Norfolk's top amateurs were involved, with captain Kevin Webb able to check on the early form of some of the players who will be featuring in the Anglian League this season.

On a windy day on the links, 32 players made up the field, with 16 pairs (eight pairs per side) made up from the county first, second, senior and under-18 teams.

The format was 18 holes betterball and the scoring from both teams was, as one would expect at this level, really impressive, with birdie exchanges being the order of the day.

The result hinged on the traditional Myhill format with the winning team featuring the likes of Mark Williamson, Richard Wilson, Paul Ellis, Steve Greatrex, Matthew Craske, Darren Abbs, Thomas Nudd and Jay Penfold emerging victors by just two holes.

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All players sat down to enjoy a post-match meal in the company of Great Yarmouth and Caister captain Alistair Low who recounted the exploits of JPA Clymer, after whom the trophy is named.

JPA, or Bully to his friends, was a prodigious winner of trophies all over the county and beyond. The results were: Simon Clark & Iain Yule beat Wilson & Williamson 3&2. Bernie Vaughan & Phil Brown lost to Ellis & Greatrex 2&1, Kevin Webb & Ian Rollett beat Penfold & Craske 2&1, Paul Donaghy & Stuart Goodman lost to Nudd & Abbs 6&5, Tom Covell & Tom Rutherford lost to Dylan Green & James Flesher 7&5, David Clarke & Craig Spurr beat Aiden Tanner & Matthew Strudwick by one hole, Josh Weeds & Alex Bates beat Ashley Johnson & Will Howard 4&3, Shaun Larkins & Paul Hunter beat Graham Turner & David Pattrick 3&2.

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The next event on the county calendar is an Order of Merit tournament at Costessey Park on April 1 while the County Foursomes take place at Hunstanton over the weekend of April 8-9.

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