King’s Lynn’s Jack Yule bows out of Norfolk junior golf with EDP Foursomes Trophy
King's Lynn's Jack Yule bowed out of Norfolk junior golf in impressive style last week when he lifted the EDP Foursomes Trophy for the third successive year.
He teamed up with Royal Cromer's Tom Gomer on a cold, wet afternoon at Costessey Park to claim an emphatic victory in the final event of the season, their scratch total of one over par 71 being a full nine shots clear of their nearest challengers.
The win was welcomed by county junior secretary Norman Blanch as he bade a fond farewell to one of the busiest players on the county junior circuit.
'Jack has been an excellent supporter of Norfolk junior golf over the years – no matter what the event he always seemed to be playing in it,' he said. 'So it was nice to see him claim victory in his final competition. Jack and Tom played really good golf in difficult conditions and no-one could really get near them in the scratch event.
'Everyone connected with Norfolk junior golf now wishes Jack well as he prepares for some new challenges – while Tom still has a few more years as a junior and will doubtless feature in this event again.'
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Yule and Gomer soon left the rest of the field in their wake and in the end the main battle was for second position, with Jack Keeley (Bawburgh) and Lewis Hague (Easton College) eventually pipping Nick Cains and Ryan Thorogood (Dereham) on countback after both pairs had come in with 80s.
The fight for the top handicap honour in the annual mixed event was a lot closer with the north Norfolk duo of Paul Stanford (Royal Cromer) and Jess Linge (Sheringham) eventually prevailing on countback after a net 70. Also finishing on 70 were Sian Fenn-Green (Dereham) and Samantha Darling (Costessey Park) and Sonny Williams (Marriott Sprowston Manor) and Aaron Stuttard (Costessey Park).
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Meanwhile the first Norfolk Village Games golf competition attracted almost 50 people – aged between eight and 72 – when the event teed off at the Norwich Family Golf Centre at Bawburgh.
They represented 20 villages and, despite wet and cold weather, they battled in great spirit over nine holes in the fun competition. The event attracted a mix of competitors: men, women and children, with a wide range of handicaps – and the better players were quick to help those less experienced.
The event was organised by the Norfolk Golf Partnership – which works to grow the game in the county – and the Active Norfolk Village Games team.
County golf development officer Karen Young said: 'It was a real fun day and we're looking forward to running more village events in the future to create more interest in golf.'
Winners were awarded trophies in best adult, best junior and overall best village team – consisting of one adult and one junior entry. There were also nearest the pin and longest drive awards. Results:
Adult: 22 pts Nick Burrows of Great Moulton and Aslacton; 21 pts Jim Matthews of Mulbarton; 19 pts Ross Baker of Queens Hill and Costessey.
Juniors: 24 pts Ashley Maskell of Lophams; 21 pts Chris Gladwell of Hethersett and the Meltons; 16 pts Andrew Webb of Lingwood and Burlingham
Adult/Junior Village Prize: 37 pts Chris Gladwell and Tim Hudson-Church of Hethersett and the Meltons; 34 pts Ross Baker & Charlotte Hatch of Queens Hill and Costessey; 29 pts Paul Elsegood & Thomas Elsegood of St Faiths 29 points.Longest drive on the 9th : Jack Yule of Sporle & Dunham; Nearest the pin on the 5th: Ashley Maskell of Lophams.