In-form Samantha leaves rivals trailing at Dereham

Watch out for Costessey Park's Samantha Darling. The 13-year-old is hitting great form and has shot an astonishing net 57.

Last week, we reported that she had won through to the grand final of the National Skills Challenge. Now she has left the field trailing in the Dereham junior open where she won the overall handicap cup, the Rivett Trophy, with that remarkable 57.

She went round in a gross 83, just 11 over par, while playing off 26 handicap. So, it's no surprise to hear that she's now down to 20 – having started the season at 36.

What's more, she's just made her first appearance for the Norfolk girls' second team and helped them to a 3-0 victory over Bedfordshire girls' seconds.

The Dereham open, sponsored by Smith & Pinching insurance brokers, attracted youngsters from all over Norfolk, as well as twins from Newmarket and ex-Dereham junior Harriet Allsebrook who travelled from Shropshire.


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The scratch prize went to Royal Norwich's Tom Clements who shot level par 71.

Other results: 2nd net Eleanor Brown, Barnham Broom, (92-26-66) 3rd Will Tang, Dereham, (78-11-67) 4th Alex Thaxton, Middleton Hall, (82-14-68). 2nd gross, Nic Cains, Dereham, 72, 3rd Will Cross, Dereham, 74, 4th Alex Fellas, Great Yarmouth & Caister, 75. Longest drive prizes went to Will Cross & Sammy Darling. Nearest the pin prizes went to George Anthony, Barnham Broom and Frazer Chettleburgh, Dereham.

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The Royal Norwich junior open was also popular, with players from all over the county, as well as from Ely and Bury St Edmunds, who coped well on one of the hottest afternoons of the summer.

Royal Norwich's Jack Masding, who has only recently gained his handicap, scored a net 66, including 3 pars and a birdie, giving him first place in the over-17 handicap section and he was also the winner of the Kellaway Cup.

Results: Boys' scratch and Yeoman Cup winner Tom Clements (Gross 73)(Royal Norwich) 2nd George Anthony (Gross 75) (Barnham Broom). Under 16 Handicap 1st Ben Johnson (Net 69) (Royal Norwich) 2nd Rohan Myhill (Net 71) (Royal Norwich). Over 17 Handicap and Kellaway Cup Winner Jack Masding (Net 66) (Royal Norwich) 2nd Mac Gee (Net 67) (Costessey Park). Girls Handicap Winner Ellie Brown (Net 75) (Barnham Broom). Nearest the Pins – Oliver Kennard (The Norfolk) and Ellie Brown (Barnham Broom).

• Royal Cromer's Amber Ratcliffe shot three-under par 70 at Gullane No 1, Scotland, to qualify for the matchplay stages of the British girls' championship. She had seven birdies in her round. The 15-year-old had opened the qualifying stages with an 80 but knocked 10 shots off in the second round and went through comfortably in 31st place. However, her challenge ended in the first round when she was beaten 3/1 by Laure Castelain of France.

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