Liam Cossey and Amelia Williamson are Norfolk Schools champions

The Norfolk Schools' champions Liam Cossey and Amelia Williamson with their trophies at Royal Norwic

The Norfolk Schools' champions Liam Cossey and Amelia Williamson with their trophies at Royal Norwich. Picture: NORFOLK SGA - Credit: Archant

Liam Cossey of Easton College and Amelia Williamson of Norwich High School for Girls were this year's champions at the 23rd Norfolk Schools' Championships.

Cossey came in with a 72, two over par, on a cool, foggy day at Royal Norwich to take the boys' title for the first time while Williamson, who also won the girls' title in 2014, was also an excellent winner on one under par 71.

The Handicap Champions were Sonny Williams of Easton College with a nett 68 off a five handicap and Ruby Patterson of Cromer Academy with a nett 65 off 36.

The U14 Boys' Championship was won by Charlie Woodward of Hethersett Academy with a nett 68 off 16 and Emily Reynolds won the girls' equivalent with a nett 73 off 23.

The team prize went to Thorpe St Andrew with 135 and Hope Neild, Eve Neild and Billy Britcher will go forward to represent Norfolk in the National Final at Woodhall Spa in July. This is the third time Thorpe St Andrew have progressed, winning the event in 2015 and going back to defend their title in 2016

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The trophies were presented jointly by Graham Turner, president of the Norfolk CGU, Heather Keeble, president of the Norfolk LCGA, Royal Norwich club captain John Davison and ladies' captain Jacky Pett.

Again Norfolk went against the national trend, with 19 girls taking part. The standard of golf was excellent and it was pleasing to see so many younger players taking part, which bodes well for the future of golf in the county.

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Results: U-14 Boys: Charlie Woodward (Hethersett Academy/Barnham Broom) 68 ocb; Girls; Emily Reynolds (Alderman Peel High/Fakenham) 73 ocb.

Team champions: Thorpe St Andrew 135 (Hope Neild 67, Eve Neild 73, Billy Britcher 68).

Girls' Handicap: Ruby Patterson (Cromer Academy/Royal Cromer) 101-36-65, Mary Keen (Cromer Academy/Royal Cromer) 106-36-70, Maisie Farrelly (Dereham Sixth Form College/Dereham) 83-11-72.

Girls: Amelia Williamson (Norwich High/Royal Cromer) 71, Chloe Gibbs (Broadland High/Royal Norwich) 76, Hope Neild (Thorpe St Andrew/Royal Norwich) 77.

Boys' Handicap; Sonny Williams (Easton College/Royal Norwich) 72-5-67 ocb, Jamie Fox (Taverham High/ Bawburgh), 79-12-67, Billy Britcher (Thorpe St Andrew/Royal Norwich) 87-19-68.

Boys: Liam Cossey (Easton College/Royal Norwich) 72, Kale Heath (College of West Anglia/ King's Lynn) 73, Warren Bates (College of West Anglia/Heacham Manor) 74.

Teams to represent Norfolk in the South East of England Championships at Bury St Edmunds on May 31 and June: Boys: Liam Cossey, Sonny Williams, Kale Heath, Warren Bates, Harry Bradfield, Max Jacobs. Girls: Amelia Williamson, Chloe Gibbs, Hope Neild, Eve Neild.

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