Norfolk finish third in Eastern Counties Foursomes

Norfolk captain Kevin Webb won both his matches. Picture: Norfolk CGU

Norfolk captain Kevin Webb won both his matches. Picture: Norfolk CGU - Credit: Archant

Norfolk turned in an excellent performance in the Eastern Counties Foursomes at Seacroft to claim a top-three finish.

The county have often had to play second fiddle to the regional powerhouses in the past, but that was not the case at the weekend as they competed strongly over two days in often testing conditions.

In the end only champions Essex and Leicestershire & Rutland finished above them in the eight-team event - and skipper Kevin Webb couldn't have been more proud of his team, with one of the youngsters being singled out for particular praise.

'It was a great effort from the team – to finish third was an excellent achievement bearing in mind the standard of the opposition and the size of some of the counties we were up against,' he said.

'Everyone played their part but I'd like to pay special tribute to Warren Bates, who is only 17. He was excellent in our opening county match and he was our star at Seacroft. He has come through the junior set-up and shown what he can do in the first team – and that is exactly the way it should be.'

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Bates (Heacham Manor) teamed up with Hunstanton's Tom Beasley in Lincolnshire while the other Norfolk pairings were Simon Clark and Iain Yule, Giles Evans and Josh Weeds, Toby Briggs and Thomas Nudd and Richard Wilson and Dylan Green.

Day one produced a very windy, very wet 36 holes of triangular foursomes matchplay. The morning round started well with plenty of points in the bag while the going got a little tougher after lunch as the weather closed in.

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Day two got off to a sunny, breezy start, with the players all pulling together and leaving Norfolk well up the leaderboard. The afternoon was a tense affair but Webb's men rose to the challenge to seal a highly respectable finish.

Meanwhile Hellesdon youngster Henry Saddleton came second in the British Junior Golf Tour Super Six Grand Final at Redbourn Golf Club in St Albans.

The event saw the five-year-old compete with the eight best scoring juniors on tour. He finished plus two on the nine hole course, two shots off the lead.

It was a pleasing result for Henry who is in his first year of playing golf, and only started competing in March.

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