Norfolk ready to get their season underway with Northamptonshire test

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his drive on the first hole during round-robin play again

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his drive on the first hole during round-robin play against Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) - Credit: AP

A new season of county men's golf gets under way at the weekend – while the seniors are already well into their stride.

Norfolk begin their Anglian League campaign on Sunday with a match against Northamptonshire at King's Lynn while the seconds play their first game under new skipper Ian Rollett at Kingsthorpe GC.

First team captain Kevin Webb is without big guns Jack Yule and Toby Briggs, who both have other golfing commitments, but has still named a strong line-up. The county will be represented by Simon Clark, Iain Yule, Dylan Green, James Flesher, Warren Bates, Jamie Smith, Toby Lane and Richard Wilson.

Flesher, who hails from Yorkshire but now plays out of Dunston Hall, will be making his debut.

A new campaign for the seniors teed off at Sheringham when 29 players took part in the annual pre-season get-together. Winner was Rob Webb (Bawburgh) with a fine total of 38 points, including an eagle two on the signature fifth hole. New senior Adrian Myhill (Royal Norwich) finished second with a creditable 37 points. He had his own eagle three on the par five seventh.


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Next up came the seniors v junior boys v junior girls, again at Sheringham and hosted by past Norfolk president Alan Winstanley. In a tight finish the girls edged out the boys by half a point, with the seniors third.

Then came the eagerly awaited battle against Norfolk Ladies at Great Yarmouth and Caister. Seniors captain Doug Gilchrist teamed up with last year's captain David Pattrick for a fine three up win against Jo Herd and Ellie Brown. Adrian Myhill and Rob Webb ran out winners four up, Tony Ralton and Tony Richards eked out a one up victory and Mark Skipper and Mike Horley chipped in with a half against captain Sammy Martin and Tiffany Mills. This was a rare win for the seniors in this fixture. Terry Norman was a welcome guest for dinner after his recent illness.

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Swaffham was the venue for the Norfolk v Bedford annual tussle and on a lovely day the hosts ran out comfortable winners by 11.5 points to 6.5. There were maximum points on the day for Adrian Myhill and Rob Webb and the pairing of Ian Hogg and Harvey Scott.

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