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King's Lynn's Joe Ellis wins Norfolk Handicap Championship

PUBLISHED: 13:58 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 28 June 2018

Joe Ellis of King's Lynn pictured after his Norfolk Handicap Championship victory at Great Yarmouth and Caister Picture: NCGU

Joe Ellis of King's Lynn pictured after his Norfolk Handicap Championship victory at Great Yarmouth and Caister Picture: NCGU

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Joe Ellis made it back-to-back wins for King's Lynn in the Norfolk Handicap Championships with an impressive performance at Great Yarmouth and Caister.

He followed the lead set by club colleague Ashley Johnson last year as he edged past home player Nathan Ryan on countback to take the silverware.

A healthy breeze complimented the bright sunshine and delivered a real test for the competitors.

For some the examination was handled with great aplomb and the morning round saw James Bennett of Bawburgh return a two under par nett 68, followed closely by Ryan on 70 and Phil Hacking of Royal Cromer on 71. There was then a long list of players on nett 72 which included Ellis.

Round two got under way with the conditions unchanged and the positions fluctuated considerably, with players moving up and down the leaderboard, which slowly started to take shape. Ryan added a nett 72 to his morning round for a 142 total but it was only good enough for second position as he missed out on countback to Ellis who returned a nett 70 to match him.

County stalwart Terry Norman from the host club completed a second round nett 70 to add to his morning 73 to secure third place.

Mac Gee of Costessey Park was fifth on 144 (72+72), closely followed by James Smart of Royal Norwich on 145 (72+73).

The Norfolk Team Championships were played concurrently, made up of teams of three, with the best aggregate nett score deciding the champions.

It was a well-contested affair with home advantage eventually proving decisive as Great Yarmouth and Caister’s Terry Norman, Bob White and Phil Carding scored a combined 460 nett to come out on top.

The Team Shield was presented to Norman by club captain Richard Bateman and county president Graham Turner.

Attention now switches to the Anglian League, with Norfolk’s two teams playing their third matches of the season on Sunday against Suffolk. The firsts travel to Hintlesham looking for their first victory while the seconds, who won last time out, are in action at Caldecott Hall.

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