Feltwell star Robson sets sights high

Feltwell's Chris Robson is riding high at the top of the Norfolk amateur order of merit as he embarks on an ambitious season.

The 21-year-old has set out his goals for the year and, as well as a good performance in the order of merit, he is targeting a handicap of plus-one by the end of August – and a new course record at his home club.

Robson, who is almost scratch, set the old record of five-under 67 a couple of seasons ago and is itching to better it.

He made his mark on the order of merit with the best scratch score in Sheringham's Deterding Cup, where he shot 72, 74.

His work commitments will limit his order of merit appearances but he is determined on a high finish and entry into next year's Norfolk matchplay championship – in which he reached the semi-finals in the 2011 edition.

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Robson has played golf for about 10 years but took it up seriously when he realised that, as a haemophiliac, he could never recover fast enough from injuries in his first love of football.

He has already played for the Norfolk second team.

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'This year I'm playing better and enjoying myself more on the course,' he said.

'I've always played at Feltwell and it's super. It's always in good condition, it's a great club aside from the golf and when you're playing everyone supports you.'

Robson's work commitments meant he had to miss the second order of merit event at Weston Park, but he managed to withstand the challenge of two of Norfolk's most prominent players.

Tom Clements (Royal Norwich) and Luke Johnson (King's Lynn) – who both missed the Deterding – tied with scores of level par 72 and shared the order of merit points for the first two places. This leaves them 7� points behind Robson at the top of the table.

Clements, however, took the first prize for the event by virtue of his better back nine. He reached the turn at one-under par, compared to Johnson's three-under, but came home in one-over to take top spot on countback.

'It was quite difficult because it was dry and very windy so the ball was bouncing around everywhere,' said Clements.

• The closing date for entries to the Coronation Salvers has been extended to Thursday, June 2.

The 18-hole stableford foursomes competition, open to professionals and amateur men and women, playing in any combination, takes place at Royal Norwich on Thursday, June 9.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Norfolk men's website: www.norfolkcountygolfunion.co.uk

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