Luke and Matthew take title

Sprowston Manor's Luke Frary and Costessey Park's Matthew Bacon scored a record-breaking win to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EDP Norfolk Junior Foursomes.

Sprowston Manor's Luke Frary and Costessey Park's Matthew Bacon scored a record-breaking win to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EDP Norfolk Junior Foursomes.

The teenagers returned a two-under par 69 on the Hill course at Barnham Broom to win by two shots. It was the best score in the history of the competition and the first time since the event began in 1997 that any pair had broken par.

The best score previously recorded was three-over.

What's more, had they been allowed to take two prizes they would also have been clear winners in the handicap section with a net score of 63.5.

Both golfers played beautifully and they had just one bogey on their card, on the par four 13th, where they three-putted. They had birdies on the 5th and 12th, both par fives, and another on the par four 14th.

“This was a big deal for us to win,” said Frary. “It's an important junior competition, one of the biggest ones in the year.”

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Bacon was a last minute substitute into the competition, entering after Frary's original partner had to pull out. “We were a good combination,” he said. “We both played well and we liked the course.”

He added: “We really wanted to win but we didn't expect to. We knew we weren't favourites.”

Perhaps not. But both teenagers were in good form. Bacon, 15, is the Norfolk U16 boys' champion and has come down two shots to four this season. Frary, 17, has come down five shots to seven by dint, he says, of practice and experience. They've also both returned individual sub-par scores this year.

Spare a thought for Steven Chick, of Dunston Hall, who will bow out of junior ranks at the end of this season without winning this title. He and his regular partner, Stuart Ballingall, were definitely among the favourites but finished runners-up - as they did last year. They were third in 2005. In any other year but this, their level par 71 would have taken the honours.

There was more impressive scoring in the handicap section of the competition. The Royal Norwich pair of Norfolk girls' champion Rebecca Heeles and Tom Clements eased round in a gross 74, net 65 - and a four shot win.

Results.

EDP scratch salvers:

69 Luke Frary & Matthew Bacon (Sprowston Manor/Costessey Park), 71 Stuart Ballingall & Steven Chick (Dunston Hall), 74 Luke Johnson & Kit Holmes (King's Lynn).

Handicap salvers:

Net 65 Rebecca Heeles (8) & Tom Clements (7) (Royal Norwich). Girls received three courtesy shots, Net 69 Simon Stevens (13) & Nathan Hudson (7) (Dunston Hall), Net 70 Lewis Gregory (8) & Dominic North (12) (Saheeringham) on countback from Ruby Plume (25) & Franklyn Plume (8) (Sprowston Manor).