Norfolk Seniors pull away to record impressive win at Eaton Golf Club
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
Norfolk Seniors' second league match of the season against their Cambridgeshire counterparts was held at a wonderfully presented Eaton Golf Club.
On a perfect day Norfolk recorded their first victory of the league season, running out comfortable winners by 9½ points to 5½.
It sounds like a comfortable success but this was certainly not the case.
The morning foursomes were a tense affair, with the honours split 2½ points each. A solid point from the strong pairing of Adrian Myhill and Rob Webb added to the three half points gained by David Pattrick/Mark Skipper, John Tavener/Doug Gilchrist and Ian Hogg/Roger Finney set the scene for the 10 afternoon singles.
Norfolk lost three of the first four matches but a strong effort saw the county home as they won the remaining six.
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There were good wins by Webb for maximum points, Skipper, Pattrick, Tavener, team captain Gilchrist, who beat his Cambridge counterpart on the 18th, Finney and Hogg to round off a great day.
Meanwhile the second Norfolk men's championship event of the season takes place at King's Lynn tomorrow, with the higher handicapped players taking centre stage.
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The County Handicap Championship is always a popular event and has attracted an impressive field of 66.
In last year's event at Eaton, Luke Clements of Marriott Sprowston Manor took the title by two shots, with a nett total of 139 off a handicap of 12.
The defending champion is not competing this year and neither are Eaton pair Alan Sheridan and David Rush, who finished joint second in 2016.
At a considerably higher level Jack Yule and Toby Briggs both flew the flag for Norfolk in this week's British Amateur Championship in Kent.
Neither managed to make it through to the knock-out stages, although there was a frustrating near miss for Yule as he fell just one shot short of qualification.
The King's Lynn youngster produced two level par rounds at Royal St Georges and Prince's, but efforts of 72 and 70 were not quite enough to make the top 64 and ties.
Dunston Hall's Briggs finished towards the back of the field following a disappointing 78 at St Georges with a solid 72.