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Norfolk Seniors play in Southern Foursomes Final

PUBLISHED: 13:28 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 27 September 2018

Norfolk Seniors line up for a team picture at Ealing. Pictured from left to right are Rob Webb, Neal Milton, Alistair Pykett, Tony Richards, Tony Ralton, Mark Skipper, Graham Turner (county [President), David Pattrick, John Tavener, Adrian Myhill and Michael Horley Picture: NCGU

Norfolk Seniors line up for a team picture at Ealing. Pictured from left to right are Rob Webb, Neal Milton, Alistair Pykett, Tony Richards, Tony Ralton, Mark Skipper, Graham Turner (county [President), David Pattrick, John Tavener, Adrian Myhill and Michael Horley Picture: NCGU

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Norfolk Seniors travelled to Ealing Golf Club to play in the Southern Foursomes Final, having beaten Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire to qualify.

The 36 hole scratch foursomes matchplay completion has an unusual format, but ultimately the team with the most wins on the day emerge victorious.

At the final Norfolk played Sussex, Hertfordshire and Devon, who had qualified having beaten the counties in their area.

It was soon clear that Norfolk would need to perform much better than their handicaps suggested if they were to challenge teams that were loaded with stronger players.

In the morning Norfolk started well and at one point were up in four of the five matches. But by lunchtime the picture had changed, with Norfolk securing a win through Mark Skipper and Adrian Myhill and a half through Rob Webb and Alistair Pykett but losing the other three games.

After lunch the Norfolk players again played solid golf but were unable to add to the points secured in the morning.

The final scoring saw Sussex emerge winners and Norfolk finish fourth. This was only the second time the team have reached this final and the real achievement was getting there in the first place.

Meanwhile a top quality field has gathered at Aldeburgh Golf Club to battle it out in the final of the English Men’s County Championship. The four contenders are Berks, Bucks and Oxon, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. 

The championship starts on Friday when Lincolnshire play Yorkshire and BB&O take on Gloucestershire and reaches its climax on Sunday.

Thetford Golf Club hosted the Norfolk CLGA County Medal and home player Jess Dixon continued her fine form to take the gross prize as well as the Brister Salver.

Dixon, who plays off three, went round in 79 which was one better than Karen Young from Eaton.

She played the front nine in level par after a birdie at the sixth was offset by a bogey at the ninth. Another birdie at the 15th was decisive alongside four bogeys and a double-bogey at the 12th.

Dixon was beaten on countback in the handicap competition by Jenny Aston (Bawburgh).

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