Marshall goes clear at top of order of merit after impressive finish in UAE
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Norfolk golfer Andrew Marshall had another excellent week on the Mena Tour to go clear at the top of the order of merit.
The Bawburgh professional travelled out to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic and turned in his usual impressive performance to finish in a tie for second position.
That earned him a cheque for $2,500 and gave him a big lead in the overall standings with $10,387 to his name, around £8,000.
Marshall started solidly at the Three Links course, with rounds of 71 and 70 leaving him just outside the top 10, and then produced a brilliant final round to end up just three shots behind winner Peter Stojanovski from Australia.
Not much happened on the front nine as he went to the turn in 35 - but he then found his rhythm in no uncertain fashion, recording six birdies in his final seven holes to post a 65.
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Will Harrold travelled even further to play, jetting out to Taiwan to compete in the Yeangder Heritage event on the Asian Tour. There were no fireworks from the Sheringham man, but he played solidly to finish in a tie for 39th, with rounds of 74, 71, 61 and 70 leaving him two under overall.
Closer to home Luke Johnson got his season up and running by playing all three days of the opening event of the Europro Tour, the Lookers Championship at Close House in Northumberland.
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Johnson announced his return with eagles in both his opening rounds, but there were also a few dropped shots as well and he had to be content with a pair of level par 71s. That was comfortably enough to make the cut but a one over 72 on the final day left him in a tie for 31st position.
The King's Lynn professional is the only Norfolk golfer who will be competing regularly on the tour this season, with Bawburgh's Ben Rawsthorne unlikely to get into many events because of low category.
Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth and Caister) led the Norfolk challenge at the East PGA pro-am at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.
A three-under par 69 saw him finish in a tie for fourth, three shots behind the winner James Jankowski from the London Club. Swaffham's Nic Cains was tied 10th after a 73.