Ellie Brown’s fine show in professional event a big boost for Norfolk Ladies

Norfolk's team line up for a picture after finishing third in the national county finals lasy year.

Norfolk's team line up for a picture after finishing third in the national county finals lasy year. Back row, left to right, Shelly Pleasance, Jasmine Campbell, Amy Taylor, Jo Herd, Ellie Brown, Chloe Rowswell. Front: Tiffany Mills, Sammy Martin, Tracey Williamson, Jo Ashmore, Amelia Williamson. Picture: Leaderboard Photography. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk will go into next week's County Week programme at Hunstanton boosted by a superb display by one of their players in a professional tournament.

Ellie Brown turned on the style in the WPGA's One Day Series event at the Three Rivers Club in Essex to finish tied at the top of the leaderboard.

The youngster from Barnham Broom left all but one of the professionals in the field trailing in her wake, with only Katie Rule from Mullion Golf Club in Cornwall matching her three over par total of 77.

Ellie reached the turn in 43 but then showed what she is capable of by coming home in just 34, with three successive birdies between the 14th and 16th.

She ended up winning the event on countback, although as an amateur she missed out on a nice bonus as Rule took the top prize of £350.

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Ellie is one of number of talented teenagers in Norfolk's squad for County Week, with current county champion Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) and beaten finalist Amy Taylor (Bawburgh) also likely to be key figures at Hunstanton.

Norfolk, who won the event last year before going on to finish third in the national competition, begin their programme on Monday against Hertfordshire (8.30am and 12.40pm). The remaining schedule is: Tuesday - Essex (9.18am and 2.16pm), Wednesday - Suffolk (8.54am and 1.28pm), Thursday - Bedfordshire (8.30am and 12.40pm) and Friday - Cambs and Hunts (9.18am and 2.16pm).

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'I feel we are well prepared and am positive Norfolk can compete and enjoy their week,' said skipper Sammy Martin.

Norfolk LCGA's Division Two competition took place at King's Lynn with 54 players competing in the annual event.

The winner of the Handicap Cup was Jane Gomm of Links Country Park with a nett 72 while the Scratch Cup was won by Jessica Warner of Barnham Broom with a gross 89. The Bullard Team Shield was won by Barnham Broom's Jessica and Victoria Warner and Avril Carey with a score of 148.

The semi-final line-up for the first NCLGA Diamond Knockout Cup has been decided, with Bawburgh hosting Wensum Valley and Mundesley entertaining King's Lynn.

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