James teams up with his 10-year daughter to win Coronation Salvers

Coronation Salvers champions James and Nellie Ong pictured with County President Graham Turner. Pic

Coronation Salvers champions James and Nellie Ong pictured with County President Graham Turner. Picture: Norfolk CGU - Credit: Archant

The annual battle for the Coronation Salvers always tends to be a wide open affair - but few would have predicted the outcome at Marriott Sprowston Manor on Sunday.

The county foursomes stableford event, with a stroke allowance of half the combined handicap, attracted a strong field of 83 pairs to the course, with plenty of big names in the amateur and professional game taking part.

The competition was as intense as ever, but that didn't prevent Eaton junior Nellie Ong, who is just 10 years old, from getting her hands on the silverware.

Loud applause ran out across the course when the youngster and her dad James, who plays off four, walked up to collect the trophy from county president Graham Turner after notching up an impressive tally of 43 points.

Although Nellie has a 36 handicap the rules meant the pair could only receive 18 strokes but that didn't prevent her from forming a winning partnership with her dad.

'Winning with my daughter was a really special moment,' said James. 'Nellie has been playing for a little while now and has just got her first handicap so I thought it would be a nice idea to enter the competition with her,' said James.

'It was all about going out and enjoying ourselves really, nothing more than that, and when he ended up winning it was a bit of a surprise to say the least.

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'Nellie played really steadily, knocking the ball out of bunkers when I found the sand, putting nicely and also hitting it well off the tee.

'I think the only time she had any nerves was when she thought she might have to make a speech but I took over then!'

As the tournament headed for its conclusion it was beginning to look like a countback would determine the winners, with four pairs having come in with 39 points.

The teams leading the way at that stage were Bawburgh professional Andrew Marshall and Nigel Elmar (Dereham), host professional Chase Davis and Ryan Cullum (Barnham Broom), husband and wife Andrew and Jill Gooch (Bawburgh) and youngsters Max Jacobs (Royal Norwich) and Imogen Leeder (Dereham).

But in the end they all had to settle for a share a second place as the Ongs produced a superb back nine to beat that total by four.

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