In the Chase for honours

Professional Chase Davis played his way to victory in his first PGA event when he shot a sparkling four-under par 66 at his old stamping ground of Costessey Park.

He finished three clear of Ryan Pudney of Mundesley and a further two shots ahead of Barnham Broom's Matthew Gardner, who led in the winning team, pipping Davis' group on countback.

'I really enjoyed it and I've got quite a few more events coming up,' said Davis.

The 24-year-old joined the club as a youngster and went on to become Norfolk's top amateur before turning professional. After a spell in which he concentrated on playing, he has now opted to do his PGA training and is working at Stapleford Abbots in Essex.

Since his move in July he's been back to Costessey just once and on this visit decided to play the course as though it was new to him.

'I took it as though I had never played there before and I lasered everything. Otherwise, when you're playing your home course it's easy to lose a bit of concentration.'

He started on the 10th and played his first nine holes in one-over 36, but knew he had plenty of chances on the other half.

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So it proved, as he covered the nine in just 30 shots, helped by birdies on the second and third, where he almost holed in one, and three more in a row from the fifth.

'I knew there were lots of opportunities for birdies and I just waited and they came along in the end. I was very pleased and it made a very nice return.'

Davis and his amateurs also finished runners-up in the team event and his group included his father, Garry. The next day his younger brother Taylor, and fellow junior Charlotte Hatch, won the club's mixed knockout, sealing a good spell for the family.

'It was a good weekend for us – and mum was impressed!' said Davis.

Matthew Gardner's winning amateur team set a record-with-a-difference for a Norfolk PGA pro-am – with a combined age of 68. They were immediately dubbed the Barnham Babes by Norfolk PGA secretary John Paling.

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