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Marshall claims emphatic win in Norfolk Alliance Championship

PUBLISHED: 16:59 29 March 2018

Andrew Marshall was in excellent from at Eaton Golf Club. Picture: Tony Rushmer

Andrew Marshall was in excellent from at Eaton Golf Club. Picture: Tony Rushmer

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Andrew Marshall was in a class of his own at the Norfolk Alliance’s Championship meeting at Eaton Golf Club.

The touring professional, who plays out of Bawburgh, recorded a superb round of 66 to win the Long Challenge Cup by the impressive margin of six shots.

Sharing second position on 72 were home professional Mark Allen, Mark Spooner of Bawburgh and Craig Butler of Marriott Sprowston Manor. Caroline Grady (Bawburgh) and Chris Potter (Costessey Park) were tied fifth two shots further back.

The Scratch Cup was won by Iain Yule from King’s Lynn with a score of 73 while the Handicap Cup was lifted by Terry Norman (Great Yarmouth and Caister) with a nett 69.

The Tuckett Tankard for over-55s and the Super Seniors for over-65s were also won by Norman.

Other leading amateur scores: 70 Ron McDonald (Eaton), 72 ocb Mark Jackson (Eaton), 72 ocb Allan Crerar (Eaton), 72 ocb Trevor O’Neill (Eaton) ocb, 72 ocb Bernie Vaughan (Costessey Park), 72 ocb Daniel Rouse (Sheringham), 72 ocb Tony Cowan (Eaton), 73 ocb Tony Adams (Dereham), 73 Alan Winstanley (Sheringham). Nearest the pin (sponsored by Andrew Marshall): Paul Arnold.

The Alliance’s first event for some time after a meeting at Thetford was postponed because of snow was attended by 81 members.

The Championship is normally the last meeting of the season, but this year there is an extra competition on Thursday April 12 at Great Yarmouth and Caister. The original event was called off in January because of fog.

The first big event of the amateur season, the County Foursomes for the Carrick and Thompson Bowls, takes place at Sheringham next Saturday and Sunday (April 7-8).

With a packed field of 84 pairs taking part there a two-tee start on Saturday, with the first groups going off at 7.20am. They will all play two rounds, with the combined handicap event reaching its conclusion on Sunday.

It’s an historic time for the host club, with Sheringham recently having appointed Hilary Stevens as vice-captain, meaning she will become the club’s first female club captain in 2019. This year’s captain is Les Mitchell while James Tipling is junior captain.

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