Norfolk’s seniors battle bravely against the odds

Norfolk seniors joined teams from Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire at North Weald, Essex, for the final of the EGU South Eastern Foursomes.

The team, who were comfortably out-handicapped in the scratch matches, lost their semi-final against Hampshire 3�-1� and were again beaten in the play-off for third place, losing to Hertfordshire 4-1.

Norfolk's handicaps ranged between four and seven whilst the other counties ranged from plus-one to three.

However, Graham Turner (Mundesley) and Harvey Scott (King's Lynn) played very well to win both their matches.

Other team members were: Dave Pattrick, John Doe, Simon Fuller and Bernie Peet (all Royal Cromer); Terry Norman ( capt, Gt Yarmouth & Caister); Pete Tidey (Barnham Broom), Richard Blakey (Eaton); Malcolm Carr (Sheringham).

The Norfolk seniors' squad will play a series of matches throughout the winner to keep team spirit going and players on their game.

This will also give new players a chance to meet the squad members before the playing season begins again. Anyone who will be over 55 in 2012, has a handicap of seven or below and would like to get involved should contact Malcolm Carr on 01263 822623 or e mail:

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The assistant pro had four birdies and an eagle during his round and tied for first place with Paul Maddy of Gog Magog.

O'Doherty then completed a winning double by pairing up with Thetford junior Ed Garrard to win the pro-am with 42 points. It was Garrad's first appearance in the keenly contested pro-am series, which draws players from all over the region.

Two bursts of scoring were at the heart of their success. Garrard, 17, who plays off four, started with two birdies, while O'Doherty immediately followed him with birdies on the next two. O'Doherty then followed his eagle on the 6th with a birdie on the 7th.

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