Matt brings home the Bacon

Costessey Park's Matt Bacon won a sudden death play-off to win the scratch trophy in the Caister Candelabras – Gt Yarmouth & Caister's annual open which attracted players from four counties.

He birdied the second extra hole, the short 13th, to defeat Caldecott Hall's Aaron Bullock. 'I was really pleased to win,' said the scratch player. 'I haven't been playing that great and this is really the first thing I've won this year.'

Bacon put one hand on the trophy after the morning round, when he returned a two-under-par 68 and led the field by three shots. But his grip slipped a little in the afternoon when he dropped three shots on the last two holes to shoot 74.

Bullock, meanwhile, opened with a 75 but made a determined charge in the afternoon with a three-under score of 67 and forced a play-off.

The weather started sunny and hot with only a light breeze, but the wind strengthened during the day and by the time the pair set off down the 11th, the first play-off hole, a heavy sea mist has descended. They halved the hole in par before Bacon hit the winning shot on the 12th, with an eight-iron which finished within two feet of the hole to set up his birdie.

Bacon, who works in the Costessey Park bar, had turned up at Caister with few expectations after a late night shift. 'It wasn't the best preparation,' he laughed.

Now his good form has returned he's looking forward to getting his handicap back to plus-one and to playing major events including, he hopes, the English amateur championship.

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The handicap trophy was won the host club's James Ollington, who finished four shots ahead of his closest rival.

Results, Scratch: 142 Matthew Bacon (Costessey Park); Aaron Bullock (Caldecott Hall). Bacon won at the second extra hole, 145 Matthew Alden (Eaton), 146 Tom Clements (Royal Norwich).

Handicap: 137 James Ollington (Gt Yarmouth & Caister), 141 Anthony Thaxton (Middleton Hall), 144 Thaine Hacon (Gt Yarmouth & Caister), Michael Skipper (Eaton), 145 Harry Cribb (Gt Yarmouth & Caister).