Karen turns on style to equal record

Former county champions Karen Young of Eaton and Dan Henderson of Royal Norwich have hit top form in recent club competitions.

Young, the Norfolk golf development officer, equalled the ladies' course record with a five-under par 67 in the spring event.

Her gross score, which included eight birdies, was lower than the best net of her fellow competitors.

She has now reduced her handicap to one.

Henderson regained the Colman Cup, a scratch medal competition, with a super scoring spell. He was two over after three holes — and five under after 13.

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He was seven under for his sparkling run of 10 holes, helped by a birdie, eagle, par, birdie start to the back nine. He holed his second on the par four 11th, which he played with a one-iron followed up by a wedge from 134 yards.

Henderson missed good birdie chances of under 12 feet on the last four holes and got stuck under the lip of a fairway bunker on 17 to drop a shot and close with a four-under par 68. His handicap has reduced to plus-0.3.

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• The Norfolk's Jane Sheppard and Ali Gillings were the handicap winners at the East Region foursomes at Pavenham Park in Bedfordshire.

The event attracted pairs from across six eastern counties and they won by two shots, scoring net 75 in each round. Jane, who is the ladies' captain and plays off eight, said: 'It was a matter of being very patient. The greens were like Augusta!

'We played really well from tee to green and although we struggled on the greens we did better than the other pairs. We really enjoyed it and it was nice to represent our county in the event.'

Jane, a Norfolk second team player, and Ali, a 12-handicapper are an established foursomes pairing. They'll be representing The Norfolk on Sunday in the Carrick Cup scratch foursomes against Ryston Park. The mother and daughter pair of Sharon and Wendy Hancock of Sprowston Manor, were also successful, winning the best net prize for their morning score of 76.

Bedfordshire's Sally Shayler and Bridie Quinn retained the scratch title.

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