Norfolk golfers lead way to beat rivals Suffolk

Norfolk's dominance of the South East of England Schools' Championships continued at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

Playing against students representing Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire the county had two top three finishers in the individual events.

Firstly, Sheringham High School's Amber Ratcliffe was runner-up in the Girls' Championship with two rounds of 76, losing out to Hertfordshire's Alice Hewson who had 73 and 72 to finish three under par.

In the Boys' Championships Easton College's Alex Fellas finished an excellent third with rounds of 78 and 73, all the more exemplary as he lost three balls in the morning round in the very tough Bury rough.

The real big result for Norfolk, however, was in the Boys' Team Championship where Alex Fellas, Calvin Sherwood, Simon Stevens and William Cross, all from Easton College, finished one shot ahead of neighbours Suffolk to win the team trophy. It was an excellent result with three out of four to count finishing on 457.

Norfolk have had a good record over the years, since the group system started in 2005, winning the boys' individual title twice, the girls' individual twice, the boys' team three times and the girls' team twice. Also the Championships provide the selection criteria for the English Schools' National Championships to be held at the Kendleshire Golf Club on June 25.

This year three of the county boys, Fellas, Sherwood and Stevens, made the boys' team and Ratcliffe the girls' team to represent the South East of England Schools.

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Unfortunately, however, Ratcliffe cannot play in the event as she is playing in the British Ladies.

A further incentive for the boys is the chance to win international caps for the forthcoming matches against Scotland and Wales.