Father and daughter pairing of James and Nellie Ong retain Coronation Salvers title
PUBLISHED: 09:03 18 May 2018
The father and daughter pairing of James and Nellie Ong made it a double celebration at the Norfolk County Golf Union’s Coronation Salvers on Sunday.
The Eaton pair came out on top in a thrilling competition at Wensum Valley to follow up last year’s success at Marriott Sprowston Manor, with an impressive total of 40 Stableford points being just enough to clinch the silverware.
It was another notable achievement for 11 year-old Nellie, especially as her handicap has been reduced by 15 shots since her breakthrough win with her father in 2017.
Towards the end of an intriguing day the leaderboard began to settle down and with two teams on 39 points it was beginning to look like a countback would determine the winners. Sprowston Manor’s William Roffey and Kevin Cromwell and Costessey Park’s John Simpson and Neil Dade were the front-runners - but the defending champions were again having an afternoon to remember and moved to the top of the standings by the narrowest of margins. There were still players out on the course but no one could overtake them and the Ongs could celebrate again.
To retain a county trophy is no mean feat and their achievement was greeted with warm applause, with James thanking all those at the ceremony and remarking how well the course had developed in such a short time and what a pleasure it had been to have played there.
Roffey and Cromwell finished second on countback from Simpson and Dade and they were followed in by the husband and wife pairing of Jill and Andrew Gooch of Bawburgh and Jonathan Gorman and Mark Sizer of hosts Wensum Valley.
The Championship, which attracted 48 pairs, is open to all amateurs and professionals of clubs who are affiliated to the NCGU, in pairs of any combination. The event is 18 holes of foursomes, stableford, with a stroke allowance of half the combined total up to a maximum of 18 strokes.
The next NCGU event is the County Amateur Championship at Royal Norwich on the weekend of June 9-10.
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