Ian enjoys the comforts of Costessey

Costessey Park's Ian Thomson made the most of home advantage to win the Norfolk Handicap Championship, defeating a club colleague by the narrowest of margins.

The nine-handicapper, who returned two net scores of two-under 68, was tied with Costessey Park junior Aiden Tanner, but won the title on countback.

Another countback decided third and fourth place, with Allan Crerar of Eaton pipping his club colleague and another junior, Harry Judd.

Meanwhile, the team shield was won by the Eaton trio of Crerar, John Rix and Bill Preedy.

Thomson, who is the Costessey Park vice-captain, is a competitive golfer who was delighted with his first major win. 'I've never won anything as big as this, it's very special,' he said.


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He was among a strong contingent of 17 club members who entered the event and he said: 'I would have been pretty gutted if someone other than a Costessey member had won. The course was fantastic. I've been a member for 11 years and the condition was the best I have seen.'

Thomson played solid golf all day, with the fourth hole of the first round providing a highlight when he holed a 20-footer for an eagle three.

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However, his morning score could have been much better had it not been for a double bogey five on the inward half, followed by a triple on the 18th, where he went out of bounds.

As it was, his morning round left him just two off the early pace, set by Tanner, who was playing off 12. In the afternoon Thomson produced steady stuff: 'It was fairways and greens the whole time. I dropped the odd silly shot but I was with a good group and the two rounds were nice and relaxed.'

The event counted towards the Norfolk handicap order of merit and Judd, 16, has now moved to the top of the table, alongside Matt Alden, also of Eaton. Other notable movers were Crerar, Tony Thaxton of Middleton Hall, who was fifth in the championship, while Thomson and Tanner moved straight into a share of 10th place.

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