Groat puts incident on the road behind him to win Norfolk PGA event

Winners of the Peter Clarke Salvers competition Jack Cullington and Amy Taylor with county president

Winners of the Peter Clarke Salvers competition Jack Cullington and Amy Taylor with county president Graham Turner. Picture: Norfolk GCU - Credit: Archant

Jason Groat put a worrying incident on the road to the back of his mind to record an impressive victory at the recent PGA pro-am at Marriott Sprowston Manor.

On the journey down to Norwich the car he was travelling in with team member Nigel Wagg was showered with concrete from a delivery lorry, smashing several windows.

Everyone in the vehicle emerged unscathed however and it was business as usual when the Denver Golf Centre professional got out on the course, with a one under par 70 leaving him two clear of his closest challengers.

The weather was ideal for the competition and the green staff had worked hard to set the course up perfectly for the annual visit from members of the PGA in Norfolk.

Caroline Grady (Bawburgh) finished second alongside Nic Cains (Swaffham) after both shot 72s while Joe Lambert (Mundesley) and Duncan Abbott (Gorleston) shared fourth position on 74.


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In the team competition Lambert's team blew away the competition by five shots after shooting a combined score of 128, which is 14 under par.

Leading teams: 128 Joe Lambert with Terry Radcliffe, Ashley Horne and Andy Horne; 133 Nic Cains with Dave Mead, Mike Byrne and Sandy Byrne; 133 Sean Brady (Sprowston) with Anna Devlin, Tom Payne & Chris Phillips. Nearest the pin winners: Les Grayston and Jon Hinton.

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The PGA Norfolk of Merit series moves on to King's Lynn today. The overall positions after 11 of 14 events are: Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) 59, Nic Cains (Swaffham) 57, Chase Davis (Marriott Sprowston Manor) 51, Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) 37, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) 28½, Mark Spooner (Bawburgh Family Golf) 26.

Meanwhile 24 past captains of King's Lynn Golf Club played for the Captain's Cup, which was presented by Jeff Staines, captain in 1982.

After the competition immediate past captain Kwai Li thanked all concerned for making the traditional event a success.

Bill Brice won the competition with 37 points and received his trophy from Maggie Clarkson, immediate past lady captain.

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