Deadly Potter gets 17 successive pars
Lyndsey HewisonIn-form Gary Potter won the latest Norfolk PGA pro-am, at Royal Norwich, with a remarkable display of immaculate scoring. The Links Country Park professional started with a birdie three on his first hole, the second, and then went on to par each of the next 17 holes.Lyndsey Hewison
In-form Gary Potter won the latest Norfolk PGA pro-am, at Royal Norwich, with a remarkable display of immaculate scoring.
The Links Country Park professional started with a birdie three on his first hole, the second, and then went on to par each of the next 17 holes.
His one-under par total gave him a one-shot win over Craig Graver of Sprowston Manor and also increased his lead at the top of the Norfolk professionals' order of merit.
Potter hit all but three greens in regulation as he made his way round the golf course and said afterwards: 'It's the first time I can remember playing a round of golf without dropping a shot.'
He went on: 'It was a challenge trying to make those last few pars, ridiculous as it sounds. You would never expect to drop a shot on the 16th, 17th or 18th but there's an added edge when you've got that far without a bogey.
'When I got to the first, my last hole, I took one more club than usual and cut it in to about 10ft. As soon as it was on the green I knew I had done it.'
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The 17th was one of the holes were Potter missed the green in regulation after putting his second in a bunker. He left his chip about 18ft away but rolled in the putt for yet another par.
On many greens Potter was well within birdie range but the pin positions were difficult and he concentrated on lagging up.
This was the first of three pro-ams sponsored by Insight Financial Associates and Potter completed his day by bringing in the winning team - from the sponsors.
His amateurs were Bryan Gunn, Mark Woods and Royal Norwich general manager Ryan O'Conner - who was roped in at the last minute when one team member had to drop out.
'All three played really well, particularly on their shot holes, so that was very pleasing,' said Potter, who has recently finished fourth in a seniors' challenge event in Slovenia.
Professionals: 71 Gary Potter (Links Country Park), 72 Craig Graver (Sprowston Manor), 74 Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall), Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom), David Woolley (Middleton Hall), Mike Timson (King's Lynn). Best trainee: Matthew Gardner.
Teams: 130 (14-under) Gary Potter with Bryan Gunn, Mark Woods and Ryan O'Connor, 131 Steven Barnes (Sprowston Manor) with Louis Plume, Sam Leswell and Luke Clements; Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with Les Gardner, Ben Walshe and Martin Tinsey.