Norfolk pair in national clean sweep

Norfolk's Bill Neill and Swaffham colleague Paul Kirman swept the board of trophies at a national competition for England's county presidents.

Neill, who became Norfolk president in April, was among the 34 office holders taking part in the English Golf Union's President's Day at Woodhall Spa.

Kirman, a past captain at Swaffham, was his guest – and between them they left the field trailing in all categories. 'It was really windy, which made it difficult, but we had a wonderful day,' said Neill, who plays off eight.

He won the President's Cup while Kirman, a 15-handicapper, won the guest event and their combined score of 70 points on the Hodgkin course won the inter-counties cup.

'We couldn't believe it. We had a triple haul of cups, it was quite embarrassing,' laughed Neill. It is 30 years since the President's Cup was won by a Norfolk player – Derek Rains of Ryston Park.

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Woodhall Spa has always been a happy hunting ground for Neill who, during his service days, represented RAF Marham there and has been involved in RAF Cup victories.

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