Cromer hold their nerve to clinch Barnard Trophy
Royal Cromer won the seniors' Barnard Trophy for the fourth time when they beat Caldecott Hall by four holes in a very tight match at Eaton.
Although Royal Cromer finished ahead in all four games in the final of the inter-club knockout, the margins were very small. Both sides played well in a very sporting fixture.
Royal Cromer had identified Eaton's testing 18th hole as pivotal – and so it proved. All four pairs won the hole, despite giving shots, and their success there ensured their narrow victory.
Team captain Alan Barraclough picked a strong squad for his season's campaign and although they had to give many shots – 27 in the final alone – it proved a sound tactic. He also involved his squad in plenty of practice rounds and they enjoyed much club support through all the rounds. In addition to the players involved in the final Rick Taylor and Rob Knights were also involved in earlier rounds. The team reached the final by beating Barnham Broom, Costessey Park, Royal Norwich away, and Ryston Park. Caldecott Hall defeated Feltwell, Mundesley, Hunstanton away and King's Lynn.
Results (Royal Cromer names first): David Pattrick, John Chapman beat Dave Newton, Dave Hansen (rec 7) 1 up; Richard Rouse, Andrew Driver halved with Brian Cooke, John Banham (rec 7); Bernie Peet, Tony Matless beat Mike Payne, Terry Davis (rec 6) 1 up; John Doe, Simon Fuller beat Brian Brister, Keith Townsend (rec 7) 2 up.
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