Paul marks debut with fine double

King's Lynn golfer Paul Holland made a memorable debut in the Deterding Cup at Sheringham when he won both the scratch and handicap prizes. Holland, who plays off two, hadn't even realised there was a handicap competition before he teed off - and would have had no ambition to win it.

King's Lynn golfer Paul Holland made a memorable debut in the Deterding Cup at Sheringham when he won both the scratch and handicap prizes.

Holland, who plays off two, hadn't even realised there was a handicap competition before he teed off - and would have had no ambition to win it.

'You don't win many handicap events off two,' he laughed. Nevertheless his very tidy scores of 72, both morning and afternoon, ensured that he swept away with all the honours in this prestigious 36-hole open event. 'I was very pleased,' he said.

The trophy is awarded to the best handicap score and Holland beat Sheringham member Mike Green by one shot. In the scratch section he was six shots clear of four players who tied for second place, including Iain Yule (Middleton Hall) and Miles Carrington-Smith (Hunstanton).

'I was just very steady, with lots of pars and not too many dropped shots. That was probably the worst I could have scored,' he said.

This was the first counting event for the Norfolk amateur order of merit and Holland's success took him straight to the top of the table. He followed up with a 78 in the second event, at Weston Park, and holds a slender lead over Royal Cromer's Kris Coop.

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Holland lives in Hertfordshire now, where he is a member at Moor Park, but his allegiance is to Norfolk golf and he hopes to contest more order of merit events and expects to tee up in the next competition at Costessey Park.

He's also got one definite date. He will be defending the King's Lynn club championship, which he has won five times. The record is nine - and Holland is keen to beat it.

t A newly revived competition between Hunstanton veterans and Middleton Hall seniors has ended in a draw.

The HU-MID Trophy - whose name amalgamates those of the two clubs - will be shared, with each section holding it for six month apiece.

The competition had fallen into abeyance for six years but was revived this year when Douglas Eakins, a former senior captain at Middleton Hall and the last person to hold the trophy, invited the two clubs to play for it.

Hunstanton senior organiser, Tony Best, and Middleton Hall senior captain Alan Horner agreed a format of home and away matches. Middleton Hall hosted the first leg and won the fourball betterball match 5�-�. In the return Hunstanton won 8�- 3� playing singles matchplay. Overall result: 9-9.

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