Ellis is back on rostrum after up and down start

Costessey Park's Ian Ellis confirmed his return to form with a two stroke win in the latest Norfolk PGA pro-am at Sprowston Manor.

Ellis was round in two-under par 69 and remarked: 'I was very pleased with that. It was nice to get back on to the winner's rostrum.

He had an up and down start – every time he dropped a shot he promptly birdied the next – but was level par after seven and played steadily from then on, with a string of pars and birdies on eight and 15.

He played well throughout the round and rarely scrambled – the 10th, where he holed a 20-footer for par was an exception.

Ellis is regaining his form and that is bad news for his rivals. He has moved into fifth place on the Norfolk order of merit and, although he reckons he has too much to do to catch leader Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), he will be going all out in the remaining three events.


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'I shall try and win two of the remaining three pro-ams. It would be nice to have a high finish,' said Ellis, who is currently launching his winter teaching package. For details contact Costessey Park on 01603 746333.

'I feel everything is now onward and upward,' said Ellis. 'I'm already looking forward to next year.'

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Ellis also led in the winning amateur team, from the sponsors, Insight Financial Services.

The Sprowston Manor pro-am was the last of three which made up a mini-series on the Norfolk PGA circuit sponsored by Insight Financial Services.

The 54-hole competition – which also encompassed rounds at Royal Norwich and Bawburgh – was won by Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth and Caister). He returned a final round 72 to beat Neil Lythgoe by three shots.

This was the last year of Insight's 54-hole sponsorship but they are continuing their involvement with the Norfolk PGA by supporting one of the 2011 tournaments.

Results – Professionals: 69 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park). 71 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), Tony Varney (The Norfolk). 72 Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth and Caister), Stephen Chick (Dunston Hall).

Best trainee: Stephen Chick.

Teams: 130 (12-under) Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) with Craig Scott, Daniel Mumford and Craig McClurg. 132 Tony Varney (The Norfolk) with Linda Sheppard, Jenny Sheppard and Jane Sheppard. 134 Tim Lond-Caulk (Diss Driving Centre) with Mark Farrow, Scott Gordon and Grahame Humphrey.

Nearest the pin: Jack Norton. Longest drive: Muriel Wincup.

Insight 54-hole results (Royal Norwich, then Bawburgh, then Sprowston Manor): 217 Gary Potter (Gt Yarmouth and Caister) 71 74 72. 220 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) 75 74 71. 223 Tony Varney (The Norfolk) 75 77 71. 224 Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall) 74 74. 76; Stephen Chick (Dunston Hall) 75 77 72.

Dingles Toyota order of merit: Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) 46� pts, Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) 41, Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth and Caister) 38�, Tony Varney (The Norfolk) 27�, Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) 22�, Mark Allen (Eaton) 19�.

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