First county event of season is won by Flesher and Rix

County Foursomes winners James Flesher and John Rix with the silverware at Sheringham. Picture: MIKE

County Foursomes winners James Flesher and John Rix with the silverware at Sheringham. Picture: MIKE DEVLIN - Credit: Archant

An record total of 87 pairs took to the links of a wonderfully presented Sheringham Golf Club in search of the title of County Foursomes champions.

A spectacular weekend of golf at the inaugural county event of the year ended with James Flesher and John Rix of Dunston Hall and Eaton respectively claiming the main trophy, with Kevin Webb and Aiden Tanner of Costessey Park taking the second flight honours.

The top eight pairs made it through to the matchplay stages, with the top four competing for the Carrick and Thompson County Championship and the next four battling it out for the Challenge Salvers.

The top four consisted of Flesher and Rix, closely followed by Chris and Mark Robson of Feltwell and Casey Patterson and Will Howett of Royal Cromer, with Stephen Long and Iain Reid also progressing.

The second flight qualifiers were Justin Fordham and Ben Thompson of Bawbugh, Harry Goddard and Kane Hindle of Wensum Valley and Webb and Tanner, with Jack Cullington and Finlay Heywood of Bawburgh and Eaton respectively completing the line-up.

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After the excellent playing conditions on Saturday day two was an altogether different affair, with the weather closing in, resulting in constant drizzle and some sea fret for the morning semi-finals.

Flesher and Rix took on the Robsons with Long and Reid playing Patterson and Howett. Both matches ended with convincing wins, 4&2 for both Flesher and Rix and Patterson and Howett. In the second flight matches Webb and Tanner beat Cullington and Heywood at the second extra hole while Fordham and Thompson beat Goddard and Hindle at the first extra hole.

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The afternoon gave some respite from the weather and some fantastic golf was played in the very best of spirit. However, there can only be one winner and for the 2018 Championships that honour was earned by Flesher and Rix. After going three holes down early and then fighting back to get to all square they needed an extra hole to see off Patterson and Howett.

In the Salvers Webb and Tanner were down on the front nine before bringing it back to all square and eventually seeing off Fordham and Thompson 3&1 at the 17th hole.

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